Blogging Poets: Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere

As you may know, I’m in the running for Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere (click here to vote for me), which is hosted by It’s a “for fun” type of competition for the most part; but recently, a person posted this in the comments of one post:

This blog is NOT representative of good poetry.

In addition, this person is paid to write this blog. The others are not.
READ the other bloggers’ websites and then make your decision on who to vote

The others are actually respected and talented poets who are doing
a lot to advance poetry both in the US and in Canada. This guy is not. Be smart,
people. Be informed.

Miss W

That is, of course, not a very respectful thing for someone to say, and I admit I lost my temper over it and other remarks. In fact, I made leaps that were perhaps not there (and apologized whether they were there or not, because it’s not important who is right or wrong; poetry is much more important than finger pointing). In my mind, it is one thing to say you like person A better than person B; it is something else to say person B is not respected or talented. However, I think Miss W did raise a good point; it’s important to be informed.

I believe I’ve tried to be very informative on this blog–from poetry prompts to interviews with poets and from poetic forms to work shopping poems; however, there is always room for improvement. So, I’m going to start a new feature called Blogging Poets, which will simply highlight poets who have great blogs.

While I’ll probably focus in on one blog at a time in the future, I’m going to start this feature by listing the leaders in the Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere competition, which is a thin slice of all the great poets who blog online (in the order of ranking last night):

Robert Lee Brewer: Of course, you know about this blog, but you may not know about my personal blog (, where I’ve been tracking my progress at writing a poem a day throughout 2010 and making other general comments, etc. Also, I have a general writing blog at

Sina Queyras: I admit I did not recognize her by her name at first, but I definitely knew of her great Lemon Hound blog ( Queyras also maintains a blog at the site ( Her blog supports Canadian poetry and issues, and her collection Expressway was released by Coach House Books.

Rob McLennan: McLennan, who is widely published, is one of those poets I’ve known about for years, and he maintains another great Canadian blog ( that benefits poets worldwide. His blog features interviews, poems, commentary, reviews, and more.

January O’Neil: You may recognize O’Neil as a Poetic Asides veteran. She maintains a fun blog at, in which she covers poetry and mothering topics (a great combo!). Just checking last night, there were pics of T-ball and a poetry event. Plus, she uses the word “awesomeness,” which gets an A+ from me.

Geof Huth: Huth’s blog ( is titled dbqp: visualizing poetics and has the tagline Visual Poetry, The Textual Imagination, and Personal Experience. Since I’m the type of person who loves to learn more about things of which I’m not familiar, this blog is one I intend to investigate even further. Huth posts very regularly, and he maintains a very visual and audio blog.

Jessie Carty: Jessie has been a friend for a while now, and she’s one of those very awesome North Carolina poets. Her blog ( shares Jessie’s poetic experiences, publishing progress, and more. Jessie is the author of Paper House (Folded Word Press), and she’s currently shopping a second manuscript, I believe.

xTx: This is one blogger in this short list who I had no previous knowledge. One warning about this blog ( It is not rated PG (or even PG-13). But it does share poems daily, and it uses the word “poem” as a verb, which is a good thing in my book.

Dana Guthrie Martin: Martin’s poems have been published in various publications, and she’s had at least a couple collections published as chapbooks, I believe. This self-proclaimed writer, editor, communications manager and poet seems to be posting a poem a day in April at her blog ( As with everyone else on this short list, you should check it out.


There are 22 poets in the running for the Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere, but I just don’t have the time in April to check out all of their blogs personally (will have to do that in May). I basically just made a short list of all the bloggers who’d received more than 20 votes as of last night. Here’s a list of the other 14 bloggers, who I’m sure all have great blogs:

  • Brad Liening
  • Ron Slate
  • George Szirtes
  • Julie Buffaloe-Yoder
  • Brandon Brown
  • Sam Pink
  • Rachel B. Glaser
  • Jeff Lytle
  • Allen Itz
  • Emi Matsui
  • Mather Schneider
  • Shmish Whims
  • Donald McNeil
  • Jim DuBois


As mentioned above, I want this Blogging Poets to become a regular feature. As a result, I could use some help in identifying great poetry-related blogs. Basically, I’m looking for blogs that are mostly related to poetry (though they can be personal blogs), and that have regular posting. Please send recommendations to me at with the subject line: “Awesome poetry blog.”

Simple as that.


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26 thoughts on “Blogging Poets: Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere

  1. Hannah Gosselin

    How refreshing to read all the love for Robert here today!! I agree with Khara, Linda, Marie, Theresa…etc., etc., etc., etc.!!

    Kyhaara stated that she may have written 0 poems this month if it weren’t for your prompts and this blog and I agree with her. This community really motivates me to be what I am: AN INSPIRED WRITER! I appreciate you and everyone who puts their hearts into this home!

    BIG smiles everybody!

  2. Marie Elena

    Khara started off these comments with the complete package, and I would have ditto’d hers and left it at that, but then I saw Linda Goin’s point about being accessible. Great point, so ditto that as well. Robert, it’s got to get old sometimes, eh? Keep plugging away…

    Now I’m going to go vote for you again, just for Good measure. 😉

  3. Kyhaara

    Robert, I saw that comment yesterday when I was placing a vote for you. I think that it’s very disrespectful for all the hard work you put in. I love your poetry prompts, for without them, I would probably have written 0 poems this April. Take heart from the knowledge that all of us know how wonderful you are!

  4. Juanita Snyder

    Oh and yeah, I voted for you over at Blogosphere because I’m a big fan (of Poetic Asides). And I’m not ashamed to admit that neither.


  5. Juanita Snyder

    Miss W: Oh waa waa waa waa blah blah blah
    get a life

    Robert: A creative writing professor once said to our class, "If you ever feel the need to tell me to F.O., I require that it be in true poetic form. Be advised as well, that I will be checking grammer and punctuation and will grade so accordingly."

    The class howled.

    I think you should follow by example for all the future Miss W’s of the world.

    And oh for the record, there is NO SHAME in getting paid to blog. So lift your head up high.

    Miss W is a Moron.

    And I’m not afraid to attach my name to this.


  6. shannpalmer

    oh pshaw! The internet is full of silly lists that are basically worthless- my great respect for you and your blog will certainly not be changed if you don’t ‘win’ this silly contest. OTOH, it’s one more tag to add to your resume.

    I’ve only heard of three of these folks though have been rampantly involved in the internet since the days of (only) Compuserve and Prodigy. i don’t think it’s particularly representative anyway (where is Silliman, Chaffin, Ager, C.Dale Young, Reb Livingston, Jilly Dybka and a hundred more??)

    Once upon a time a certain phoney foolihan called me a "minor net poet" as what she thought would be an insult- I have been most proud of the recognition in an ocean of words.

    May you prevail- and rejoice in the money and wealth it brings (LOL)- I am certain Miss W was voted out a long time ago and harbors some resentment.


  7. Barbara Ehrentreu

    Robert in your response to this Miss W whoever she is, you show why you should be the Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere. Instead of being negative you turned this into a positive situation and highlighted the other nominees. That is such a classy thing to do. If I hadn’t already voted for you I would do it!

    A couple of years ago I discovered this site and you reawakened my love for writing poetry. I post to this site, but I also try to post to my own blog. I don’t know how you come up with all of the prompts for us.

    I will be keeping my fingers crossed for you!


  8. LBC

    Robert, your blog is an inspiration to write – and that’s all that matters. Poetry and blogging is in the eye of the beholder. I am inspired to write and I see awesomeness 🙂
    Lorraine Caramanna

  9. Brenda Warren

    Robert, What you do is great. I found Poetic Asides about two months ago. You keep me writing, and provide tremendous motivation. Some people have too much time on their hands.

    Keep up the great work. It has certainly benefited my writing life!

  10. S.E. Ingraham

    The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune – egad – what a crock Miss W – to not even sign your name. Of course Robert gets paid, he’s the editor for Poetry at Writer’s Digest sweetie, which means his day job is editing the Poet’s Market – you do know what a huge job that is, right? And all of the blogging and poetry writing and prompt posting, not to mention interviewing and being interviewed etc., are actually in addition to that – perhaps that’s partly why he’s being considered for poet laureate in the first place – oh, that and the number of poems he’s had published. I hope your job doesn’t have anything to do with fact-checking … I’m just sayin’

  11. RJ Clarken

    The person who wrote those cold words is (or was) nothing more than a troll trying to stir waters that until then, existed contentedly.

    Considering how many people post to prompts at Poetic Asides, I would say that encouraging individuals to be creative. spotlighting both established and emerging poets and highlighting assorted poetic forms speaks volumes. And if that were not enough, I believe you are an extraordinarily talented poet, too.

    Rather than being the target of such harsh criticism, in my opinion you should be thanked and commended. Your work on Poet Asides alone is yeoman duty – but the way I see it, you make it look like a joy. I have complete respect all that you do – and I am proud to have voted for you for Poet Laureate.

    Best wishes and regards.

  12. Daniel Ari

    I think a poet laureate’s role is to advocate for poetry. That’s what RLB does. He gets many people interested in poetry, and he inspires people to write it, read it and appreciate it.

    And the fact that he gets paid is only further qualification as far as I’m concerned. Most laureates are given a salary or stipend, and to earn money for being poetically employed these days is an achievement in itself. Miss W’s implication that getting paid somehow compromises the worthiness of art is the same ass-backward assumption that keeps so many artists in so many fields stuck in day jobs to support their true creative work.

    I’m proud and pleased to acknowledge Robert as a driving influence behind the hundred-plus poems I’ve written over the last year, and to vote for him for online poet laureate.

  13. Theresa Cavicchio

    Thanks for everything, Robert. You and this site have gotten me to write poetry for the past year, to join a community of poets, and to learn so much from others’ talented work. I am very grateful. I wouldn’t let one anonymous disgruntled voice concern me if I were you. Just keep going!

  14. Helen Losse

    I guess I’m glad I don’t know who "Miss W" is, because you are right, "This contest is supposed to be fun." I was a candidate the past two years but wasn’t nominated this year. When I was a candidate, I wrote silly jingles and got to know some of the other candidates or got to know them better. I’ve benefited from your prompts all month and from your interview of me earlier, but I didn’t vote for you because Jessie Carty asked the day before you did. This contest is supposed to be fun. Robert, please don’t let it get you down or take it too seriously. Poets should work together not act like the rest of the world. All the Best to you, win or lose.

  15. Beth Rodgers

    Robert – Your blog is great, and I love the prompts you put up. Your own writing is great, and I look forward each day to reading your work before I start on my own. I hope you win! I already voted for you!

  16. Linda Goin

    Robert, in a recent interview, you were asked, "what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?" You answered:

    There is no way to misconceive my work. I write; readers will read and interpret in whichever way suits them. Hopefully, my writing is engaging and sparks further thought.

    And, as Victoria says, "Thank God someone gets paid to write and promote poetry." I’m old enough to consider the source, and remarks such as the ones made by an ANONYMOUS Miss W. are not worth the time, as it’s all sour grapes. You got my vote, as you are one of the most accessible successful poets I know. Accessibility is a charm, a gift and rare. Thank you.

  17. sheila harris

    that Ms W is obviously trying to run interference by running you down,Robert..she must not want you to be awarded the Poet Laureate of the B-sphere…listen "she" doesn’t even have the balls to come out from behind the alias and make her (or his) accusation straight up..what a coward ..
    i for one am grateful to have ‘found ‘ this place ..
    purely by accident! and since interacting with others and reading your work and suggested sites ,information about poetry ,feel like I’ve gained some excellent insight,strengths ,skill,knowledge so much..and you ask for I feel blessed..
    look don’t let this kind of chicken poop get to you gain recognition and following there are always scabs waiting to tear you down….that’s ,sadly ,the way some of the population are …you just keep on keeping on your is a good ,positive way..and you rise above..

  18. Amy Barlow Liberatore

    Thanks for stating it so eloquently, Khara. I would not be a working poet if not for Robert and this community. It’s a challenge, as many have said, with all the strong personalities (and I freely admit, I’m one of them), and to moderate all this must feel like herding cats.

    I went (on a whim) tothe Shmish Whims site, and there are so many graphics and moving words, I would not recommend it to anyone who has vision problems or even seizure episodes. I’m serious; it’s that wavy and confusing. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend it.

    I would commend Buddah Moskowitz’ site. He not only has his blog but moderates "" and has posted a couple of mine (I have a little mp3 recorder and am able to read my own work for others online). He’s very dedicated and it’s not just his own work; he includes others. I want Iain on there – his voice is incredible. It’s a whole new dimension, hearing folks read their work.

    My friend Ellyn Maybe just released a CD, "Rodeo for the Sheepish." I bought it and was instantly in love with her reading to a backdrop of different beats and World Music schemes.

    Like De said, hang in there. You are a wonderful, generous person. Sometimes it takes somebody unfairly ragging on you to find out just how much folks care. That was certainly my experience this week, when I offered to resign the blog because folks were so upset about all the comments by one member. I respond in poetry or respond to works; others ramble…

  19. Victoria Ceretto-Slotto

    Well, that got me off of my duff and I voted. Thank God someone gets paid to write and promote poetry. I’ve enjoyed participating in your challenges (November and current)even though I don’t post on this site, but on my own. Good luck, Robert, and thanks for your dedication to the art of poetry.
    Victoria Ceretto-Slotto

  20. Khara E. House

    The fact that this person suggested that you’re not a "respected and talented poet," and that you aren’t "doing a lot to advance poetry" suggests to me that perhaps she hasn’t read this blog, either! Even if you don’t win (which I hope you do), you know there are hundreds of folks who think differently that she does– and we’re the ones who matter!! 😎 Because you’re the one who matters to us! Good luck in the competition, and don’t let one naysayer get you too down!


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