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    For Japan!

    Deadline for submitting poetry is May 24, 2011.
    A month prior to this date I'll be sending PM's to everyone who has made a submission in order to discuss any edits or revisions/replacements as well as confirmation of participation (just verifying that you still want to be published or not). If I do not receive a reply from you then I'll assume that the most recent stance you've made (within this thread) is your final stance and approach accordingly. Any "on the fence" stances will be seen as refusal to participate.
    So Kitsune's thread got me thinking and I figured I'd bring this plan of mine to light. I actually have several writing projects up in the air right now and among them is a collaboration project among many poets. Plain and simple, we publish a book of poetry the title of which is tentatively officially called A Little Box of Poetry The Little Book of Poetry.

    If you're interested then please participate by adding your submissions to this thread (you may add as many as you like) and tell me whether or not you want to be credited by: your real name, your username (site included), your username (site excluded), an alias, or anonymously. Also, please inform as many people as you can about the project and get the word out!

    There will be other people besides members of Arlong Park included in the works so this is a definitely a project capable of reaching fruition. Feel free to pitch ideas if you have any. Oh, and keep poetry PG (or PG-13 at most).

    Thank you!~

    ---

    I'd like to take this time to make an announcement real quick. As you know, this book is being made with the intention of giving all profit to charity and I decided that, what with the recent crisis in Japan, we should send all of the proceeds of this to the Red Cross who is actively attempting to give them relief. The book will be available on e-books at the cost of about 3 dollars. So should you want to help the cause, please buy it when it becomes available.

    I'll provide a link in this thread when that time comes. In the meantime, if you can't purchase the book then please, please write more poetry. You can submit as many times as you want. Also, get the word out and tell as many people as you can about this project. Get poetry from other people and bring it here (don't plagiarize because that would only hurt us), start a thread like this on other sites, etc. Basically, whore out the cause and get us some poetry.

    Even if you don't think you're good, submit anyway. We'll provide writing and editing help for you if you so desire. And if nothing else, then read the poetry here and offer input and comments. That would also be an important part to play. If you're good at art then make us some promotional banners or if you're not good at art, place our current promotional banner in your signature.

    Thank you.~
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    I'd love to enter this! I got published in a poetry book back in grade school.

    I've got stuff I need to submit, though... I don't write much poetry.

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    Oh, that's interesting! What's the book called?

    There was a time where I was going through a stage of writing nothing but poetry but I've trashed a great deal of my work so I'll be submitting mostly fresh material as well (and I also encourage others to submit fresh). As of right now, there is no deadline but once there's enough people on board then expect one to be announced.

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    I can't remember. I just remember it was a nation-wide published book. I used to have a copy of it, but I haven't seen it in ages.

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    Sounds interesting, but I'm impossible at poetry. :/ I'm looking forward to seeing the submissions though! (But if you're planning to publish it, isn't it a little counter-intuitive to put the content here on the Internet?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by trappedolphin View Post
    Sounds interesting, but I'm impossible at poetry. :/ I'm looking forward to seeing the submissions though!
    You should try your hand at it, anyway! It's not like any of us here are expert writers or anything (no offense, guys).~

    (But if you're planning to publish it, isn't it a little counter-intuitive to put the content here on the Internet?)
    This is a common misconception. There was a time where I got chewed out by a ton of writers that told me it's a good thing to post your work online. In all honesty, I forgot the bulk of their reasons but I do agree with them as people usually buy the things they enjoy reading and it gives it much needed exposure. A small book like this isn't bound to have heavy advertising.

    Also, since this is a collaboration project, it is non-profit for me. Any royalties I receive I'll instead donate to charity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Kenny View Post
    You should try your hand at it, anyway! It's not like any of us here are expert writers or anything (no offense, guys).~
    Mmm. I'm a perfectionist when it comes to my writing, though. I never want to do something I can't be proud of (personal conviction, no offense to anyone), and I don't have the heart or passion to work on a poem like that. :/

    I do agree with them as people usually buy the things they enjoy reading and it gives it much needed exposure.
    Very good point there. I used to read online fiction (until the sphere filled up with stories about hot hormonal teenagers having sweaty animalistic sex like the world would end if they didn't), and I got really annoyed when writers I really liked took off their stories to try to get them published. Nothing wrong with trying to get published, of course, but I'm a selfish person who just wants to reeeeead.

    Also, since this is a collaboration project, it is non-profit for me. Any royalties I receive I'll instead donate to charity. Speaking of, the authors that submit their work here can choose which charities they'd like to see have donations made to.
    Oh, that's a very nice idea!
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    Oh, nah... I understand. Passion always takes the form that it wants to take. That's why I've gone through poetry stages, novel stages, etc. It isn't me choosing those mediums, it's my passion that takes those forms.

    Anyone want some popcorn?
    Last edited by Jazzy Jinx; November 5th, 2010 at 01:10 AM. Reason: For the sake of donating an amount that actually matters, I'd recommend reducing the amount of charities to 3.

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    Today I was in a mood to finally start outlining a few of my stories that have been in my head for awhile. I think my creativity spilled over because there was an open mic night at my school and I started thinking of my performances and it resulted in me writing poems (well it went from lyrics to a rap to multiple poems). I'm pretty proud how this turned out, and I thought this would be a nice place to get feedback/show my work. If it's too amateur, I won't be offended if told so.

    My college dream girl

    The first class we had together I found
    That there was chemistry all around
    Math was next and when I was through
    I knew the common factors of me and U
    A few years pass you talk about moving in together
    I reply the economic cost shows there is nothing better
    I finally asked if she will marry me
    And like our final class, the rest is history


    If you think this is good enough, I'd like this to be written by peacewar2. It's really cool that you're doing this for non-profit.

    replaced the joke with a happy ending
    Last edited by Gizmo; November 19th, 2010 at 05:13 PM. Reason: first pen name will probably be offensive to a lot of people

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    That's so adorable. I hope that's a good thing to you.
    Last edited by trappedolphin; November 6th, 2010 at 08:11 AM. Reason: Made me smile, at least.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trappedolphin View Post
    That's so adorable. I hope that's a good thing to you.
    Thanks! That means a lot. It started out cute, but I felt like I needed a punchline if I was going to say this in front of an audience.

    And after typing jojo the indian circus monkey on google, I decided that might not be the best name for an author. It was an inside joke, but I didn't realize what JoJo the Circus boy meant. peacewar2 would be a better author name. Maybe. Iono yet.

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    Oh wow this sounds like a fantastic idea! I'm a tad embarrassed but here's something I wrote...

    Love Sick
    Spoiler:
    They say your heart got stolen by a demon.
    They say the world spins too fast.
    Hold your breath, the end is nigh.
    The day when I meet your eye.

    Help me doctor, what's with me?
    My sick heart just won't last.
    Prescribe me pills to bring me down
    'Cuz just the other day, I met an angel with a golden crown.

    Why do I feel myself slipping away?
    If you're a lighthouse then I'm a ship.
    Wandering around like a sailor lost at sea.
    Quick, send your light out to me!

    Point me to a harbor in your arms.
    Let me know it'll be alright.
    Please, please show me a smile.
    Hope you'd let me stay awhile.

    Tell me what is this disease?
    Afflicting all my senses like nothing before.
    You make me do the craziest things.
    I feel so light-headed, it gives me wings.

    It's never been so clear.
    You are the treasure I have found.
    Won't you send me a sign?
    All the stars and planets must be aligned.

    I took my heart and locked it away,
    but the sparkle in your eyes must have been the key.
    I'm so affected by your voice.
    Let's get together and make some noise.

    Oh baby, let's sing it loud.
    The tears I shed and the hope you bring.
    If I'm a flower, then you're the gardener of my soul.
    Let's pull out the weeds and make me whole.

    Run, let's run to the shore!
    Take my hand so you don't fall down.
    Gotta let me know what you need.
    Anything for you cuz I wanna set you free.

    Let's set off to a magical place.
    Years from now we'll get old.
    But the memories of you won't fade.
    With you by my side, I'm no longer afraid.

    There's no telling what we'd find.
    Stumbling into you was the best thing of my life.
    The world can't quell my yearning.
    Oh love, let's get the wheel of fortune turning.


    As for the name, just "Marimo" is fine. and if this takes off, the Yellow Ribbon Fund seems like a good charity.

    edit: Wait make that "Marimo-chan" (just so people realize I'm not a boy. :P)
    Last edited by piratemarimo; November 6th, 2010 at 03:31 PM.


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    I've a few~

    Spoiler:
    Cycle

    Many times in a single day
    Lives are being taken away
    Onto Heaven, they fly
    Far from th Earth they knew
    These souls are to meet the golden gates
    Where they will have eternal life
    However, even if people are gone
    From the people who loved them so
    Every day, many lives are brought
    into the world
    Little baby boys and girls
    See the light of life
    And will live it on Earth
    Until it is their time to see the clouds
    And when they are gone
    More will be born
    As the cycle continues to grow

    Time

    In mere seconds
    Dreams can be made
    And in only minutes
    Lives can waste away
    In only hours
    Children are born
    And in a few days
    Things we once knew
    Turn upside down
    In a couple weeks time
    We hold celebrations all around
    Celebrating all we can
    But it takes a few years
    For hearts can mend
    Turning a once cold heart
    Warm again

    Angels

    She cries herself to sleep
    In a withered voice
    She hears them talk
    About her retched noice
    They don't care what they had done
    And now a young child
    Is dying inside
    It's only after she gains the courage
    To run away from her hell
    That she meets a friend
    One who won't leave her in times of need
    And one who won't hide awat when she breaks donw
    No, this friend is a special friend
    One of the Heart
    Two souls mended by their scars
    They live thier live together
    And never once left the other's side
    And when one died a little inside
    So died the other
    So close they became
    That even in death they lie in the same tomb
    Their souls singing in harmony
    Telling the story of the two broken Angels

    Ignorance is Bliss

    During the passage of life
    Father time watches.
    He laughs at us,
    Who want to control time
    So we don’t make any mistakes.
    He wonders why such a thing
    Makes us beg for this power
    ‘Making mistakes helps you grow,’
    Is what he always says.
    ‘And carrying a burden of controlling time
    Is not something I would wish even on an enemy,’
    Is what he whispers to himself.
    He laughs at us
    Who want to control time
    Knowing we’re being foolish,
    Knowing that is not a thing anyone would want.
    We may not know it
    But he suffers much of each day
    (although he lives in a place free of time).
    He watches good people die,
    He watches sad children cry,
    He watches these things,
    But it is against a sacred law
    To try and help them.
    He’s seen everything since the beginning
    And even if he could be allowed to wish it
    To not be given this responsibility,
    He wouldn’t do it.
    To have this power given to someone else
    Would be a sin too great to even think.
    Even as his heart bleeds,
    Even as he wishes for friends,
    Even as he watches sad things happen,
    He continues to laughs at us
    Who want to control time
    While not knowing what great a cost it would be


    You can choose which one you think is the best~ And you could put me down as Sai-chan.

    edit: Oh wow, Mari! I love your poem! You shouldn't be embarrased, its great! Much better than any of mine. You're a great Poet!

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    I'll probably submit one or two. Just gotta think of something first.
    In the wrong light everything is chance
    Does it register? Do you wanna dance?
    In the right light it's a miracle
    Possibilities
    Do you wanna dance?

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    Okay, so it's possible that you guys don't give a shit, but...sorry.
    I dissed poetry in the 70s Thread in my fight with ol' Zeppie, when in truth I think it's pretty harmless, and a guy who loves prose such as myself shouldn't be beating on its parent/sibling/cousin (take your pick).
    Continue.

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    I know why the caged bird sings.
    Cause he hates his oppressors.
    Not even freedom is more sweet than the screams of those who dare defy his undeniable beauty.
    His beauty that defys law and shatters common ground.
    The depths of his thought only visible to those who have cast the shells of normality and revert their thought to something also so pure.

    I am, I want, No, I shall.
    Are we not all slaves, to be forced to be with one another and sacrifice so that we must suffer.
    I know why the cage bird sings.
    Cause he is crowded.
    -muah

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    Quote Originally Posted by piratemarimo View Post
    Oh wow this sounds like a fantastic idea! I'm a tad embarrassed but here's something I wrote...

    Love Sick
    Spoiler:
    They say your heart got stolen by a demon.
    They say the world spins too fast.
    Hold your breath, the end is nigh.
    The day when I meet your eye.

    Help me doctor, what's with me?
    My sick heart just won't last.
    Prescribe me pills to bring me down
    'Cuz just the other day, I met an angel with a golden crown.

    Why do I feel myself slipping away?
    If you're a lighthouse then I'm a ship.
    Wandering around like a sailor lost at sea.
    Quick, send your light out to me!

    Point me to a harbor in your arms.
    Let me know it'll be alright.
    Please, please show me a smile.
    Hope you'd let me stay awhile.

    Tell me what is this disease?
    Afflicting all my senses like nothing before.
    You make me do the craziest things.
    I feel so light-headed, it gives me wings.

    It's never been so clear.
    You are the treasure I have found.
    Won't you send me a sign?
    All the stars and planets must be aligned.

    I took my heart and locked it away,
    but the sparkle in your eyes must have been the key.
    I'm so affected by your voice.
    Let's get together and make some noise.

    Oh baby, let's sing it loud.
    The tears I shed and the hope you bring.
    If I'm a flower, then you're the gardener of my soul.
    Let's pull out the weeds and make me whole.

    Run, let's run to the shore!
    Take my hand so you don't fall down.
    Gotta let me know what you need.
    Anything for you cuz I wanna set you free.

    Let's set off to a magical place.
    Years from now we'll get old.
    But the memories of you won't fade.
    With you by my side, I'm no longer afraid.

    There's no telling what we'd find.
    Stumbling into you was the best thing of my life.
    The world can't quell my yearning.
    Oh love, let's get the wheel of fortune turning.
    LOOK AT ALL THE TALENT OOZING OUT FROM YOUR ATOMS.
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    Heh... I don't place any limitations on submissions so I won't turn you away if it isn't "good" so long as you're not submitting something inappropriate. And you can submit as much as you'd like (just a reminder). Also, I don't interfere with other authors' works because it's not my place to affect the words that author uses. I am not an editor and I won't check over your work. At most, I will correct grammar and spelling but that's it.

    If we get to a point where we have too many submissions then I'll still take each person's best work according to their opinion, not my own. I'm attempting to capture the true essence of people's words so that's why I won't be editing unless you ask me to.
    Last edited by Jazzy Jinx; November 7th, 2010 at 12:33 PM. Reason: I'll submit some stuff later on, myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitsune Inferno View Post
    I can't remember. I just remember it was a nation-wide published book. I used to have a copy of it, but I haven't seen it in ages.

    Ah-haaaa! Same here, Kitsune --
    And same here (no idea where my copy of the book went).

    Kenny -- do you want them to rhyme or not?
    Do you want them funny or not?

    Just wondering about the parameters.
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    Doesn't have to rhyme and doesn't have to be funny.

    The only parameter is that it needs to be appropriate (PG-13 at most).

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