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Hello everyone! I just read a few days ago that Mz. Scarlet is a poet! I thought that was so great because I write poetry too ^^;. Its far from being Neruda's work, but I love doing it . Anyway, I just wanted to know who else is a poet here on Scarleteen! It would be great if I could get some feedback on my work, if that wouldn't make my posts too long or too many ^^;.
Any ideas on how to get published? I'm working on editing the 40 or so poems that I have, but when I'm done I'd love to make a book out of them . I have around 15 in spanish... a bilingual poetry book, maybe?

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We have our fair share of writers here. They do poetry, creative writing, non-fiction, etc. It might be fun if you share one or two, but remember, too many can get cumbersome in a forum. If you want to, feel free to start a thread in Village People.

Publishing takes a great deal of time, dedication, and hard work. Miz S, who is currently trying to publish a book, could give you plenty of info on this.

You might want to browse around the Scarleteen Book Stuff forum and read the various updates, spanning a loooooong period of time. Good reading.

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Poetry is my gift, I think. It is my favorite past time activity, and when I am feeling joyous or disturbed, poetry brings me excitement and acts as a companion.

I have hundreds of poems I have written over the years, starting from my early age of 5.

I am also into music, so I write songs. I have converted many of my poems into songs, even.

I had an awesome experience a few summers ago when a site I was trying to view had a pop-up add for a poetry contest. You had to be over the age of 18, and I wasn't so I constructed a poem and used my aunt's name (with her permission, of course).

My aunt called me hysterically laughing, reading a letter she recieved in the mail. My poem was one of the 150 chosen to be published in a book.

Also, I won a chance to baltimore, MD, to enter into a poetry contest. The winner could win up to $20,000. In entering the contest, my gift would be a free copy of the book. Of course I couldn't enter because I wouldn't be myself. I would be my aunt, and I didn't want to enter under a false name. However, I still won! I have the letter and the poem for proof. And even though the poem is published in a book under my aunts name, I have the satisfaction and joy of knowing I created something so beautiful that everyone else will get the joy I had of writing it while they read it. It was an awesome experience, and gave me pride in my creativity.

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I write! Poetry is one of my passions. (Classical music being number one). Funny you should mention Neruda, he is one of my favorites. I'm working on becoming halfway there. I just need immersion. Maybe then I'll be able to understand ALL of his spanish poetry! Whitman, E.E. Cummings, and of course the great masterpeices of Shakespeare are among my many favorites.

T.S. Elliot is my current obsession. Check out Portrait of a Lady- absolutely beautiful:

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Thanks, StarHallie! That was a beautiful poem. I enjoyed it!

Whitman and Shakespeare are also among my favorite poets.

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Sorry to have just found this.

Hate to be a buzzkill, but anymore, poetry is absolutely the hardest genre to get a book published in. Even very well-established, previously-published poets have a hard time.

Mostly, that's because most publishing, and certainly with big publishers, is all about money, and poetry just doesn't sell. So, a plan to make a living as a poet alone? Not the best plan. Better, if you want to be a proffessional writer, to learn to write well in a few different genres, or to go for teaching as a sideline.

However, go on and get yourself a copy of the most recent Writer's Market. That is a list of places to publish all writing, and you'll see plenty of listings for literary magazines which do publish poetry as well as other genres, and some which publish only poetry.

You can also self-publish a chapbook of work: it's very common for poets to do so, and is generally considered respectable, especially given the limited market for poetry.

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Really? I love reading poetry books! i'm supprised they don't sell well. I think maybe that there's allot of supply when it comes to poetry too. So many people write poetry, but only a few people i know have tried writing full length novels.

I write loads of poems, i got a whole scribbly sketch book full of them, and torn out pages for exercise books and text books with scribbled verses on them. Some of them are quite embarassingly self-pitying to read back on, but some of them make me so proud- some of my metaphors and sounds just roll round my head. It's so satisfying when you find words which sum up the confusing world of feelings.

I too have been putting my poems into songs! The first band i was in didn't like them because they were set in the world of "lyrics must sound like steriotypical lyrics" like"oooooh baby, you make me feel so alive". i'm all solo now and got a load of songs on

I think i saw a thread on here with a title concerning poems. i'm a'go check that out.

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0o0o im passionate about poetry. thats my way of letting out all my emotions tho im only 16 its so much easier to write a poem to myself thn tlk to anyone about my emotions and problems.

we all have our differences with poetry tho like me. my poems are usually read between the lines kind of thing. alwaes emotion behind the words i write and most my poems rhyme lol i like being creative!


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