Building Poetry Communities on

A WordPress article I want to share in honor of National Poetry Month.

How much poetry do you read? I love poetry, but I admit I don’t read it as often as I’d like these days. It’s not often put in front of me. I have to seek it out. I wish that weren’t so.

Poetic expression inhabits the heart of English, or of any language. It reveals, through craft, an individual’s personality and spirit, and in turn points to something universally human.

Learning to read, write, and share poetry can serve as a path toward self-knowledge and enriches communication.

An excerpt from one of my favorite poems, “Variations on the Word Love,” by Marge Piercy:

This is a word we use to plug
holes with. It’s the right size for those warm
blanks in speech, for those red heart-
shaped vacancies on the page that look nothing
like real hearts. . . .

Then there’s the two
of us. This word
is far too short for us, it has only
four letters, too sparse
to fill those deep bare
vacuums between the stars
with their deafness.
It’s not love we don’t wish
to fall into, but that fear.

The Blog

As we’re entering the final week of National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) in the US, we want to celebrate all the wonderful poetry-centric community projects here on

The sites we feature today — like many others we follow and love — make an important point. We may all write on our own, but it’s only when we join a community of other writers and readers that our voices are truly heard.

Keeping it local

Some of the tightest-knit poetry groups are bound by a shared space, where writers know not only each other’s work, but also each other’s face. Over at Poetdelphia, Philly-based poets share poems, announce readings and other events, and celebrate community members’ achievements.

typewriter poetry2Ghostless Sleep, by Yasin Chines at Xsentric.

Similarly, .: Poetry in Chicago is a project that aims to bring together writers from across the city’s eclectic poetry community, with posts on

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