Poet-Bloggers, a new category introduction for Poethead.

This post is about poet-bloggers, the vehicles they use, and how online journals are using web and social-media to increase the profile of poetics. The area is huge, as I found out when I began compiling this Google+ list.  There are multiple groups and individuals connecting across Twitter, and Facebook also. The emphasis here will be on the individual writer, and the journals that are emergent, or already fully developed.

I thought to begin with some of the artists who have caught my eye through consistent use of online resources to bring their poetry to the public eye, these writers include, Aíne Mac Aodha, Nuala Ni ChonchúirRon Silliman, Charles Bernstein, Al Filreis Mick RooneyPierre Joris , Elizabeth Kate Switaj and Robert Peake.

There are many more poets and writers using online and social-media, but the above in particular have a great online presence. They regularly and consistently post about poetry through PENN Sound, personal websites, journals and Facebook.  Publishers such as Salt, Poetry IrelandPoetry London ,Over the Edge , Munster Literature, Jacket2  , Women Writers Women Books , use online media in a very effective manner also. There are also The Dublin Poetry Review, The Western Writers Centre, Anon Poetry , the Arvon Foundation  The Paris ReviewPoet’s Pages, Crannóg and Caper Literary Journals.

Any other poet will name a score more reviews ,  journals or poetry-centred blogs. These are the ones that I know and enjoy reading. Last week I added a new category called Poet-bloggers. This short piece along with its related links serves as an introduction to what is currently happening online for poets.

Related Poethead Links.


Poethead Links and Irish Imprints ; reacting to savage cut-backs by The Fianna Fáil and Green Parties.

Following on from the Cló Iar-Chonnachta post which I published in the last  days, I thought to draw some attention to the Poethead links, which are included on the right-hand column of the main Poethead page. 

There are two specifically Irish themed link-sets on this blog, entitled Irish Imprints and Irish Writers, others are scattered in the links under the titles, Art and Image , or Art and Poetry Publications. As this is a small , independent writer’s site ,  not everything appears with amazing rapidity, it comprises a reflection of  my reading interests . However, as the whole world knows that Ireland is in severe financial trouble  and as our arts infrastructure is quite poor already, being publicity-led and market-driven many people would possibly like to know the value of a good book and that not all that leaves this country in the form of media-packaged twaddle is grotesquely misshapen by the demands of a globalised market. (or indeed the special little interests of a small group of men)

These small presses and their writers do not deserve extinction through cuts, through market-forced innovations or indeed through governments that lack essential leadership in their duty of care to our culture and heritage.

I do hope that a renaissance will occur between the poet/artist and the reader and that awareness of the value of a linguistic tradition is cottoned onto. It’d be great to see corporates actually realising that people cannot glut forever on simplified consumerist fantasy as a palliative to their promoted ennui !

I always think that European cultures know the value of their poetic and literary traditions more so than us Irish, but I am optimistically waiting to be proven wrong. I include herein some of the Independent Press names , which will evolve and be added to and indeed I have added also some online writers who I  and many others enjoy:

I have had some lovely emails about the Cló Iar-Chonnachta post and I am always welcoming of recommended reads.  I will be updating about how ongoing Fianna Fáil/Green Party policy has eviscerated Irish Art and Culture in later posts. I will point readers to the National campaign for the Arts RSS feed , which is right below this post in the centre column. A Personal Anarchist Manifesto Theatre  Forum Ireland