2017

Are You a Poet?

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During the recent holiday period I was conducting research for 2017 blog posts when I stumbled across a discussion asking whether the title of poet should be restricted.

There were some contrasting views, with one stating anyone calling themselves a poet should be distrusted as, “poet is a title necessarily bestowed on you by others.” Some participants suggested you should only use the term if you were a poet and wrote poetry as a full-time occupation.

Most English dictionaries describe a poet as someone who writes poetry, but is it as simple as that? For example, do you need to have had poetry published, or written a poetry book or won a poetry competition, before you can allude to the title?

In my younger days, I was once told by a teacher to beware of anyone who called themselves an expert or guru as people, labelling themselves as such, had stopped learning. Again, it was a title to be bestowed by others. Is it the same for poets? Can someone who recklessly uses the term poet be at risk of arrest from the Poetry Police, or is being a poet something to be shouted from the rooftops?

Are you happy to call yourself a poet, or would you rather let others use the title on your behalf?

I would be interested to read your thoughts.

If you would like to read more from the discussion, click on this link at Magma Poetry.

New Blog Schedule for 2017

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That’s that then, only 354 sleeps until Christmas. I hope you all had a good rest over the festive period and are raring to go for 2017.

One of the decisions I have taken for 2017 is to move the blog to five days a week. From Monday the 9th of January 2017 I will be posting on Mondays through to Fridays.

Over the past twelve months I have been amazed by the support and kindness you have all given me through the blog and I would like to foster the community feel the blog has now taken.

The new schedule will look like this.

Monday – Poetic Motivations – Quotes and lines from poets and poetry to get the poetic mind flowing.

Tuesday – Davy D Gallery – Here I will be posting my own poetry and artwork,  links to things inspiring my poetry and the occasional piece of poetic humour. There may even be the odd freebie and giveaway.

Wednesday – Poetic Ponderings – Articles around poetic themes to get a conversation going.

Thursday – Poetry Spotlight- This will include book reviews on poetry books I have read, links to poetry blogs, websites or poetry events. Once a month I would like to highlight a favourite poem from another poetry blogger and would also like to interview some of you as the year progresses and publish the interview on the blog.

Friday – Davy D Gallery – More poetry, artwork and general madness.

I realise that none of this would be possible without your help, so if you have any ideas, quotes, links to blogs, poetry websites or anything poetry related, or would like to be interviewed for the site, please get in touch.

And feel free to drop by anytime in 2017 and have a chat over some online tea and cake.

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Happy New Year

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