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This month's community themed week is going to be centered around perceptions of time. A few weeks ago the majority of US states (all except Arizona and Hawaii) shifted forward an hour for Daylight Savings Time. This bi-annual shifting frequently provokes reflection. There are standardized concepts of time, which can be varied by culture and time even in our digitally interconnected age. Then there are personal perceptions of time, both through our internal clocks and rhythms to how we experience individual moments in time. Poetry has long been used to explore these themes and the social and cultural themes that are so heavily entwined with these perceptions. Please comment below if you would like to host a day during this week, and note which day would work best for you.

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Poetry, chants, and song have long been a way for people to interact with their own governments and laws, a way for people to communicate support or contempt of law, to critique government, and to advocate for change. Poetry can be used as a persuasive tool to affect both cultural and legal change, and can be used a a way of critiquing government and legal systems. For our next community themed week, let's explore the various ways poetry interacts with politics.

Ideally we will have one post each day from Monday, Feb. 17th through Saturday, Feb. 22nd, related to our topic. You need feel not limited to the modern era or any particular culture or system of governance; a post about the political connotations of Sappho's conception of beauty would be as appropriate as one reflecting on, say, Pete Seeger's extraordinary testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Affairs, August 18, 1955. Original poetry, remix poetry, poetry complements, translations, meta, roundups of recommended media and more are likewise welcome.

If you would like to participate... )

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November commemorates. From rituals of remembrance to those of harvest, we make honored space for death as part and apart from life.

As our dead are especially present this month, our next community themed week focuses on remembrance. In poetry or prose, performance or poetic complement, meta or medium yet unmentioned - let's introduce each other to those we carry with us. Let's make a kind and listening space for the absences that shape (and sometimes shake) us.

If you would like to participate... )

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Some men say an army of horse and some men say an army on foot
and some men say an army of ships is the most beautiful thing
on the black earth. But I say it is
          what you love.

For our next community themed week, we are returning to the theme of 'one poem in depth' with fragment 16 of the known works of Sappho. You can read Anne Carson's English translation of 16 here at our sister comm [community profile] poetry; original greek available via wikipedia.

Ideally we will have one post each day from Monday, Sept. 16th through Saturday, Sept. 21st, that enhances, changes, or challenges how a reader might approach reading the known text, in the original or translation. One might sign up to provide an overview of the poem's historical context and offer references for further reading; to translate the poem anew (literal, as in translating from one language to another, or metaphorical, as in 'translating' from the medium of written text to a different medium such as audio performance or visual art); to write a new poem that remixes or responds to the original; or do something else that fits the week's overall theme.

If you are interested in participating, please leave a comment on this post indicating what day(s) you might be available & what type of content (e.g. literal translation, remix poem, historical context, etc.) you think you'd like to post. Assignment of days will be on a first come, first served basis; this post will be edited as slots fill up to show which days are still available. Participation is not limited to current comm members or even Dreamwidth members - please contact the admins at poetree.at.dreamwidth [at] gmail if you will need someone to post on your behalf. More than one person can collaborate on a particular post if some wish to sign up as a group. Finally, we strongly recommend preparing your content in advance of Monday, Sept. 16th; the admins are available for brainstorming and beta support over the weekend on request.


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  • diction (dikSHən), noun: the choice and use of words and phrases in speech or writing

  • dicty (diktē), adjective: ostentatiously stylish; pretentious

  • delight (diˈlīt), noun: great pleasure


  • For our next community themed week, we are abandoning any pretense at dignity whatsoever in favor of five fabulous days of unabashed wallowing in words wonderful words. Drawing inspiration from this anon poll of the same name, let's celebrate what makes diction scintillate. In poetry or prose, recording or poetic complement, let's share memories, musings, meetings, meta, mottoes, meanings, meanderings, materials and more - whatever moves you, whatever delights you, whatever you'd like to share that feels fitting for this week's theme.

    If you would like to participate, please comment on this post to claim a particular open slot and briefly tease us with some sense of what you'll post. You may also use the comment section to solicit collaborators for a group post.

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    In honor of QUILTBAG pride month, our next community themed week focuses on emotional intimacy.

    Emotional intimacy includes but is not limited to sexual or romantic intimacy. For more information about nonsexual intimacies, see [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's excellent reference series on the topic. If you do choose to tackle the topic of sexual emotional intimacy, we ask that anything more explicit than PG-13 territory go under a cut tag.

    In addition to poems that focus on or convey emotional intimacy, we invite discussion and reflection on what elements of poetry itself, or what particular types of poems, are especially well-suited to conveying emotional intimacy. Why do people historically turn to poetry and song to express intense feelings? Is there something about the ambiguity or coded language of certain types of poetry that fosters intimacy and expression of sentiments that feel too big or too private to share easily in prose?

    Here is one possible post idea, please feel free to share more in the comments )

    If you would like to participate, please comment on this post to claim a particular open slot and some sense of what content you'll post. You may also use the comment section to solicit collaborators for a group post.

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    Our first full week back from hiatus (Mon., 5/27, - Sat., 6/1) will be a multi-Hosted week focusing in depth on the poetry of Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. Please comment on this post if you would like to participate - you are equally welcome to claim a specific day to Host yourself, or to look for collaborators to co-Host a day as group. Specific days are available on a first-come, first-served basis; specific poems can be the focus of multiple days.

    What kind of content might you post? We welcome content in any medium that translates, transforms, or otherwise revitalizes how someone might (re)visit one or more of Dr. Seuss' poems. Feel free to browse the tags of previous multi-Hosted weeks, such as Poetry Complements and One Poem In Depth - Julia Stein's "Downtown Women" for ideas, or ask the admins directly - we're happy to help.

    A quick note about copyright )

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    ETA: Want to help signal boost this week? See this related post for official promotion material, including copy and paste-able HTML code.

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    There are many different celebrations and observances that happen on the last day of October and the first day of November, almost all of which focus on the thinning of veil between the world of the dead and the world of the living. Halloween, All Saint's Eve/Day, All Hallows Eve/Day, Samhain, Día de los Muertos, these are just some of the names used to describe the end of October and the beginning of November.

    For this multi-hosted week we would like to focus on poetry celebrating these two days. The posts do not have to be directly themed around the days, but should reflect some aspect that is usually associated with the days. In other words the poem could be about otherworldly creatures, communing with the dead, Devil's Night, etc.

    Ideally we would like to have a post on each day from Monday, October 29 through Saturday, November 3. If you are interested in participating, please leave a comment on this post indicating what day(s) you might be available. Assignment of days will be on a first come, first served basis; this post will be edited as slots fill up to show which days are still available. Participation is not limited to current comm members or even Dreamwidth members - please contact the admins at poetree.at.dreamwidth [at] gmail if you will need someone to post on your behalf. More than one person can collaborate on a particular post if some wish to sign up as a group.

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    June 27th marks the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which sparked the already burgeoning Gay Pride movement into a full fledged national phenomenon. Since I am not physically capable of attending a Pride event this year, I have been celebrating by watching documentaries and movies on the QUILTBAG community. It occurred to me that next week (we currently do not have a scheduled host) might be a great time for a multi-hosted themed week, in particular one celebrating poetry from the QUILTBAG (which though odd sounding to me at first is much easier to remember than the all inclusive variants of LGBT) community. Would folks be interested in such a week?

    If you are interested and would like to host a day please respond to this post and tell me which day (Monday through Saturday) would work best for you.

    Monday: [personal profile] raze
    Tuesday: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
    Wednesday: [personal profile] raze
    Thursday: [personal profile] zirconium
    Friday: [personal profile] wordweaverlynn
    Saturday: [personal profile] alee_grrl (totally willing to reschedule if Saturday works better for someone else)

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