"I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely
definitions of prose and poetry; that is, prose=words in their best order;
poetry=the best words in their best order."Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Poetry is alive and well on the World Wide Web! There are many dynamic and
accessible sites where both
classic and contemporary poetry can be located. These sites include
archives, online magazines and journals, and interactive poetry pages.
Many of the sites include multimedia features that allow the browser to
read and hear selections from a number of poets.
- A gateway to on-line information about poets and poetry in the
Pacific Northwest.Includes information on special public poetry
with regularly scheduled poetry readings, a directory of Who's Who in
Northwest poetry, poetry books and CDs, and links to poetry resources.
- The American
- The American Verse Project is a collaborative project between the
University of Michigan Humanities Text Initiative (HTI)
and the University of Michigan Press. The project is assembling an
electronic archive of volumes of American poetry prior to
1920. The full text of each volume of poetry is being converted into
digital form and coded in Standard Generalized Mark-up
Language (SGML) using the TEI Guidelines, with various forms of access
provided through the WWW.
Cowboy Poets on the Internet
- A collaborative project of a number of
faculty and students of the Reynolds School of Journalism at the
University of Nevada, Reno, and the
staff of the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nevada. Written
out of a desire to share the
rich culture of the West with the rest of the world, and to explore the
powerful new media. The result is
a web site that merges tradition and technology.
. . . Irish Poetry & the Universe of Writing
- This is a site given over to poetry, in the broad sense. The focus is
poetry in the English language. You will also find information
about the history of alternative poetries,
especially in Ireland.
Twentieth-century Poetry in English
- Information on twentieth-century poetry in English. Includes Internet
information relating to 159 poets, as well as "related links."
- This site is dedicated to contemporary poetry;
everyday it publishes a new poem from books, magazines, and journals
currently in print. The daily poem is topical or seasonal and chosen
for its literary quality. Poetry Daily features a diverse selection
of poets published in the English language. The site's purpose is to
help people sift through the numerous print options available to find
poets and poetry they like. This page contains plenty of good poetry
as well as news and features including an index of poetry titles
published each year.
- A global online-only poetry journal maintained by the University of
Washington. Contents are listed thematically or by author. This journal
favors free verse. It is a straightforward site to browse.
The Atlantic Monthly's Poetry Pages
- This site includes poetry and essays from the print edition of
The Atlantic's archives. It contains classic and
contemporary poets and poetry as well as audible anthologies.
- An archive of classic literature and poetry from Robert Frost to Emily
Dickinson. This site is presented by the Bartleby Library at Columbia
University and evolved from a Quotation of the Day service as a result of
audience demand. This site chooses texts either specific to the Columbia
core curriculum and/or Pulitzer Prize winners. Currently, the only
material presented is out of copyright.
The Poetry Exchange
- An online repository of contemporary poems. The Poetry Exchange aims
to provide a medium for poetry on the Web, to be a resource center for all
things connected with poetry, and to help poets experiment with the unique
opportunities offered by the evolving Web.
Publishers Included in Index of American Periodical Verse
- This site contains a compilation of a major index of American poetry
in periodicals. This comprehensive list allows browsers to find poets and
poetry they seek. The current listings are from 1995; the page author
indicates this is because indexers want all the issues from a given year
before indexing them. Information includes periodical editors, addresses,
issues indexed, and subscription rates.
The Electronic Poetry Center
- A site designed as a gateway to resources in electronic poetry
produced at the University of Buffalo. The contents of this site are
centered on contemporary experimental and innovative poetry.
Interactive Poetry Pages
- This site is a real-time poetry collaboration. Individuals are
invited to add a line to a poem in progress and to view the finished
results. There are several categories including general and rhyming
poetry, haiku, song lyrics and teen interests.
The Academy of American Poets
- The Academy maintains a guide to on- and offline poetry resources. It
includes poetry exhibits, a calendar of events, and a "poem of the day."
This is also a support area for National Poetry Month.
Zuzu's Petals Literary Resource
- This critically acclaimed literary online journal "seeks to expand the
influence of poetry beyond its traditionally academic audience and to make
quality writing an everyday craving". The site contains 2000+ links to
resources for writers, poets and researchers.
The Beloit Poetry Journal
- This site is the online edition of The Beloit Poetry
Journal. It accepts poetry from all over the world and publishes
the best without regard to form, subject matter, length, style, or
reputation of the poet.
Mississippi Review Web
- An Internet edition of the national literary magazine, published
monthly, that serves as a site for online poetry, fiction, and essays.
- This is an electronic poetry and literary magazine with beautiful
graphics and intense visual images. While this is a visually stimulating
site, it is content driven and filled with exquisite word imagery. The
site includes links to interactive poetry pages.
- The Children's
- This site is an archive of the Web Poetry Corner reserved for
children's poetry since children also need a forum for their creativity.
Submissions are listed by child's name and address.
- An Internet poetry site maintained by the Roth Publishing Co. They
characterize the site as the "Internet's only poetry specialty store."
From this site, the reader can search for and download poetry from theme
electronic collections and purchase poetry books for home delivery.An
interesting feature of this site is their personalized poetry service:
Their commissioned poet will compose the perfect poem for you.
- Poetry International
- Anthologies of poetry from all over the world.
- Haiku Cupboard
- This page contains poetry, prose and art. The poetry is a variation
tanka, sijo, haiku, renku, sedoka, contemporary free verse, prose poems,
flash fiction, writer's tools/links and potpourri.
There is a plethora of poetry sites available on the Internet today. It is
difficult to find and enjoy them all. An interesting concept in visiting
poetry sites is The Poetry
Webring, which is an easily navigable link of sites on the Web. Each
site is linked to the next so that no matter where one
starts, one is eventually able to visit all the sites and end up back at
Last updated March 18, 2001
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