Checking in

Hi dears!

It has been a whirlwind of activity juggling my work with Endever as I also prepare the new community I am creating to celebrate poetry.

If you missed the first announcement, I am excited to say that I am building a WordPress poetry community, very aptly named PresserPoets. (Squee!)

The mission of PresserPoets is to provide a single location for us WordPress poets to showcase our work,  to mingle and support one another while inviting others to our wonderful world of poetry.  Daily goals will include posting poetry in various forms (type, audio, visual), promoting the other works and media platforms of our contributors,  and challenging followers with weekly themes and prompts. My long term vision includes eventually compiling best posts of the year into a hard copy book for all of us to cherish and share.

In addition, we will welcome the opportunity to celebrate and feature great poets outside our WordPress sphere, promoting growth and exposure to the greater world of poetry. We will therefore be open for general submissions.

In the spirit of nurturing poets, we will be routinely featuring related articles such as basics of poetic forms and strive to highlight and share with you what’s hot in mainstream poetry. We will also promote other communities and publishing opportunities so that you can see what’s available to you as a poet, seeking recognition and profit for your talent.

Our first month will be a soft launch of sorts,  featuring work from in-house site managers so that you can see exactly what PresserPoets is all about. Our hope is that you will enjoy what we have to over and become excited about contributing your own work to the PresserPoets community.

That being said, I just sent out 3 invitations to people that have shown early interest. So let me know if you are considering joining in the fun by saying so and leaving your e-mail in the comments!

I’m so excited!

-J

Fellow poets!  I have an opportunity for you…

In about a month,  you are going to see a lot about a community called PresserPoets. 

I’m going to be talking about it because I made it.  And I made it for you. 

The mission of PresserPoets is to provide a single location for us WordPress poets to showcase our work,  to mingle and support one another while inviting others to our wonderful world of poetry.  Daily goals will include posting poetry in various forms (type, audio, visual), promoting the other works and media platforms of our contributors,  and challenging followers with weekly themes and prompts. My long term vision includes eventually compiling best posts of the year into a hard copy book for all of us to cherish and share. 

In addition, we will welcome the opportunity to celebrate and feature great poets outside our WordPress sphere, promoting growth and exposure to the greater world of poetry. We will therefore be open for general submissions. 

In the spirit of nurturing poets, we will be routinely featuring related articles such as basics of poetic forms and strive to highlight and share with you what’s hot in mainstream poetry. We will also promote other communities and publishing opportunities so that you can see what’s available to you as a poet, seeking recognition and profit for your talent. 

Our first month will be a soft launch of sorts,  featuring work from in-house site managers so that you can see exactly what PresserPoets is all about. Our hope is that you will enjoy what we have to over and become excited about contributing your own work to the PresserPoets community.  

I have already began compiling a list of poets among you all that I know to be very talented and excited about poetry, with the intention to personally invite you to consider being a contributor to PresserPoets. But I invite you to go ahead and show any interest you have in the comments below.  

This community is for you so by all means,  let’s talk about what you’d like to see offered and the ways in which you would like to be involved. 

So.  Who’s pumped?!

Xo,

J

Fine Line

I borrowed my dad’s tool set because it looked cooler than the ones we had in class. I turned each screw as hard as I could and swung the door panel a million and half times to make sure it was loose enough to open but tight enough that no baby birds would fall out. I painted it robin egg blue and posted it proudly in our backyard. It didn’t take long for the bluebirds to find it and for me to become fascinated with their homemaking progress. Twigs turned to nests, nests to eggs, eggs to waiting impatiently for squeaky mouths to feed. But it turned out that I didn’t have to wait long because the neighborhood boys came along and threw every last one against a tree for sport.

And that was the day I learned the difference between love and apathy.

She captures the sun’s essence with the smile on her face

And clothes herself in the fabric of my own heart

She is Summer.

Coming alight

I’m used to the dank dark corners in this old empty house of a soul, the dust gathered in places that used to be filled with life.  

But I’m not used to this tiny flickering flame of a candle I have only just found, deep within this closet of a heart. It’s not enough to light the next room over, though it’s just enough to spark.  

Process of Friendship

Two became four

And then more

Until me and you

Became a group of us

 

But life is better versed

In division than the other

Pushing us further

Till only you and I remain

Again

 

Two in the north

Two as far west as possible

Several still within state

But rarely accessible

 

Found one more devoted

But all the way in Scotland

Keeping us remote and forgotten

And ultimately

Alone