Are You Content with Write Out Loud's Content?

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Write Out Loud has a long tradition of bringing more people to poetry through offering a superb selection of resources, information exchange and platform for on-line publishing, reading and discussion.  Every day we look in great detail at the wealth of material produced by our readers and contributors as well as the wider world of poetry.  We do our very best to offer a broad range of news and features articles here on Write Out Loud, but I am always open to suggestion and guidance from you about just what makes up our content on these pages.

Who and what would you like to see featured on the pages of Write Out Loud?  What is your poetry question or idea, what would you like to say and read, and what areas are there for us all to discover?  From celebrity interviews and big gig reviews to grass-roots features about resources in our communities and daily life, if you have or are looking for a poetry story then let me know and we can feature it, and perhaps even invite you to contribute.

What I am really interested in are the stories that matter to you, and not just the stories that you think will probably suit us and might appeal to lots of other people.   You can leave comments on the discussion thread below with your suggestions, or you can email me in total confidence, even anonymously, at editor@writeoutloud.net.  

Perhaps you are someone with a lot to say, or perhaps you are someone who isn’t often heard?  The internet gives anyone with access to it the potential to make their feelings known or to voice their ideas without the need to battle a throng or fear prejudice, and on Write Out Loud we want to hear from everyone be they punk, pan-sexual, pensioner or procrastinator.  What do you really think about poetry?  Whose opinion would you actually like to hear?  What is missing from our site? 

Maybe you would even like to try your hand at writing an article of your own for our News & Features pages?  If this appeals to the writer in you just let me know!  Anyone reading this could end up with their work being published right here.  Would that be a useful or interesting writing credit to claim?  If you have an idea for an article and fancy having a stab yourself I would love to hear from you, I will offer you some very simple guidelines and who knows, you may end up as a regular contributor.

This is one of those times when “Anyone” really does mean you.  Go for it.

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Big Sal

Tue 17th Jul 2018 23:21

Profound poems/relative articles on environmental degradation, anything related to the Holocene extinction activity, even scientific and medical facts weaved into artistic poetry would be nice. Anything that breaks the mould would be a nice change to love ballads and one-liners. Oh, and maybe some stories related to long-gone poets that are relevant either through their words or actions in some way to things happening today. Just food for thought.

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suki spangles

Tue 17th Jul 2018 06:45

Hi there WOL staff,

Write Out Loud is a free poetry resource run by a group of volunteers. We should never forget that. I've said it before, but I tip my hat to all of you! So, thanks again for all your work.

Cheers,

Suki

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keith jeffries

Thu 12th Jul 2018 21:50

Mike,
Thank you for such an encouraging article which will probably go a long way for writers to make even more of a contribution to WOL. Within the English speaking world there are many poets who we do not hear of. Ben Okri from Nigeria recently wrote an excellent poem about the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Then there is another Nigerian writer and poet Chris Abani who is well worth exploring: now a teacher in the USA. Walt Whitman also from the USA, now deceased, who was a prolific writer and the author of some early gay poetry.

I am very interested in Poetry that came out of the Great War, those who derided the conflict such as Sassoon and Owen as opposed to those who revelled in its glory and wrote fiercely patriotic poems. Where are the poems from the Gulf War or the ongoing struggle with ISIS? The Hispanic world is also rich in literature and poetry, coming from Chile with Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral and Lorca who died at the hands of the Nationalists in the Spanish Civil War. How many readers know of Jupiter Hammon, a slave in the Confederate South, the first Afro American writer to be published in the present day USA.

Perhaps we should look further afield geographically to explore the lesser known poets of the Commonwealth. The scope is truly amzing.

If there is any way in which I could assist in the literary work of WOL I would be more than happy to do so. Research is my field of study both of present day poetry and poetry from the past whose origins can still be relevant to the social and political ills of the present day.
Keith Jeffries

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