Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Have you encountered the new-new thing? It's Facebook for poets, a new site called ReadWritePoem. Now, I know what you're thinking --- one MORE social networking site to keep up with? Of course, if you have FriendFeed, keeping up with all your social nets is easy, but even if you don't, just imagine it: Facebook only for poets! Founder Dana Guthrie Martin's idea is in its infancy, but think Google when it was just a little upstart down in the flats of Silicon Valley. Think of Facebook before it got all those ridiculous games and made us addicts to our own game-breaks (my personal favorite seems to be "icing" my opponents in Mafia Wars ... so now you know). Think of small, friendly Internet ponds that became real communities before becoming teeming metropolises.

ReadWritePoem has the potential to be a really addictive hangout for poets, a virtual Poets House that anyone in any town can go and find something cool to do in: do a writing exercise, read something, play, discuss, even make a New Year's resolution (I just made a big one).

I mean, where else can you find out about The Lumberyard's Roark Prize in Poetry, the prize for which is an entire issue dedicated to your poems? Not CRWROPPS, not Poets & Writers, and surely not on Facebook.

They have virtual book tours, Makeover Mondays and revision strategies, micropoetry (tweet a poem, anyone?).

I get the idea that if you can come up with it, they can find a corner for it. So take a look: right now it's a giant poetic thinktank. Later come the Modernist Wars, Poville, Zinger Poker and other Facebook-style frivolities.


  1. Modernist Wars & Poville--ha! Join my Faculty!

    I love ReadWritePoem--I only wish I had the time to truly utilize everything it offers. Fantastic folks.

  2. Rachel, What a fantastic blog. I am brand new to the blogging world and so am looking around the neighborhood. Your blog stands out! My dad was also an engineer. How very cool to find him on-line.
    I'd love it if you'd think about adding anything about my blog -- it feels lonely over at TheAlchemistsKitchen.blogspot.com

  3. Susan, we share the engineer-dad thing! That's fun. Thanks for the compliment. I will definitely blog about your blog. Building blog-nettery is such fun. It's one of the things I most enjoy about blogging, commenting on other blogs!

    Marie, I know what you mean about not having the time to dig in! For me, poetry often finds its way only into late-night, early-morning hours, kind of sneaking in quietly with its shoes off, so as not to wake anyone.