A journey into the world of poets

  It’s that time of year again. That time when poets from all around gather to share their art and heartfelt work with hundreds maybe even thousands of people and then against all that is holy have them assign value in the form of numbers. It is a ridiculous game we play in the name of spreading poetry to the masses, but it is a game and a fun one at that. My favorite part of every nationals is the poetry cipher sessions that happen throughout the event. For those of you who don’t know a game of poetry tag is where someone shares a piece and then tags another person in the circle they haven’t heard before. In this way we hear all of the poems we might have missed at the competition. I will attempt to upload workshop ideas, prompts and yes even poems if I can get a hold of them. I will also be doing my very best to recruit other poets and writers throughout the week to appear on Writing Water as guest blogggers and share their knowledge with those of you out there following. If you by chance find yourself at the National Poetry Slam this year and want to chill or share a poem….please do. Until then keep writing and as always I look forward to hearing what you come up with. Who’s going to be our very first featured poet? (yes that is the sound of a guantlet being thrown down.)

If you would like to learn more about NPS you can go HERE.    And in the words of Marc Smith (SO WHAT) “ The very word ‘poetry’ repels people. Why is that? Because of what schools have done to it. The slam gives it back to the people…. We need people to talk poetry to each other. That’s how we communicate our values, our hearts, the things that we’ve learned that make us who we are.


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