Clattery MacHinery on Poetry

July 19, 2006

25 Online Poetry Forums and Workshops




                About Poetry


                Bag End Poetry

                Blueline Poetry

                Cafe Poetica

                Coffee Connection Poets


                The Critical Poet (.com)

                The Critical Poet (.net)

                Delectable Mnts

                Desert Moon Review


                Forward Press

                FreeWrights Peer Review

                From East to West

                The Gazebo

                The Guardian’s poetry workshop


                Inside The Writer’s Studio

                Lit with Kick!

                The Maelstrom

                Moontown Cafe

                Mosaic Musings

                The Peaceful Pub




                Rooster Moans

                Rule 9

                Shadow Poetry

                Shakespeare’s Monkeys

                Sonnet Central

                Tin Roof Alley Poets

                The Town

                Trash Poetry

                The Underground Poet’s Society’s Open Mic

                The Versifier Online Poetry and Art Forum

                The Waters

                Wild Poetry Forum

                The Write Idea

                The Writers Block

                Writing Forums



  1. Hi Bud,

    That’s a wonderful picture of the technology it takes to link us to all this great poetry. And in that spirit I linked to this page from my blog so I may have ready access to the list. Thanks.


    Comment by Carol — July 21, 2006 @ 3:11 am

  2. Hi Carol,

    Thanks for putting this post to good use. I may do the same, come to think of it.

    Isn’t that a cool picture. The photographer goes by the name P Kent. I found it at It’s called Management Network.

    But I thought, as a librarian, you were going to chastise me for marking up the Shakespeare book cover.


    Comment by Bud Bloom — July 22, 2006 @ 12:48 am

  3. Nice site!
    a pleasant suprise

    Comment by AndyGreek — June 12, 2007 @ 9:38 am

  4. 4 June 2007

    After the storm, my mind cleared.

    And a high wind arose and blew the tropics north.

    running quartz crystals through a blender.

    sand through your engines.

    bubbles in your bays.

    estuaries reaching out toward forbidden seas…

    sand through your eyes.

    5 June 2007

    Calm as baby’s breath

    as peaceful as the storm’s eye

    Clouds spread and drawn with rough strokes of stratospheric winds

    a warm and windy tropical day.

    7 June 2007

    Black water at dusk.

    Lighting on the horizon.

    Warm winds coming in across the darkening waters.

    A flash of white wings as an egret takes flight.

    And Thunder like God clearing his throat.

    8 June 2007

    Morning star in the still of the clear, dark waters.

    a sky as clear eyed as a young girl.

    bruised and tattered storm remnants limp off in the gathering light.

    9 June 2007

    Tickled her fancy.

    giggling all the day long.

    pretty good for a Saturday.

    Clouds on the lake floating aimlessly by.

    She smiled big–grinned really.

    12 JUne 2007

    A silver sky

    ripe for the mirror.

    you can not see yourself in this mirror

    you can only see others

    moreover, you can only see what others choose to expose.

    Their houses, their boats, their sea-doos.

    Birds skimming low over the water could

    like as not

    see them selves if they were to look down

    as they skim low over the water

    but they never do.

    Rather they allow their reflections to chase them

    quick and sharp over the still, glistening waters

    while the bird’s mind remains ever fixed on

    food, or other birds, or escaping those damn noisy humans.

    A dense forest impenetrable as a gaze.

    13 JUne 2007

    Like angry bee’s eyes

    the metal screen seen through the bamboo blinds.

    A million insects dot the lake spreading micro ripples

    14 June 2007

    Of Fly Catchers and hidden lakes.

    Of sleeping lizards and morning dew.

    It is of birdsong and misty dawns

    and fleeced clouds floating in a still pool.

    The waters ripple awake in the gathering morn.

    The first water birds head out for the far shore.

    20 June 2007

    A garden of elephant ears.

    A lake of light.

    A furrowed sky.

    Warm air, tinged with the coolness of a passing shower.

    A swath of short green swords with serrated edges.

    22 JUne 2007

    Of Stone Poets and shattered wooden quays.

    Bolts of clay and carpets of mud.

    Footholds on pyrrhic shores.

    Fusillades of futilty and wars of choice.

    23 June 2007

    Wind and water.

    Stone glass and stone poets.

    Air plants and sudden acts of Feng Shui.

    24 June 2007

    Seaparate ponds like a string of pearls gleaming in the twilight.

    The ages of man, the lovers of a lifetime

    bright and shiny thoughts flickering like little fires banked against the great dark.

    The toothy smiles of a pretty woman or two.

    Events and ages the like of which will not be seen again.

    Comment by Poetry — June 24, 2007 @ 7:39 pm

  5. Its Christmas time again
    The season of renewal
    Love, faith, charity
    And all that is beautiful
    Chimes greatly in to every heart
    Beating in celebrations
    Of Spirit, togetherness, and affirmation.

    P.S. Please administrator If the thread is not to be in category this, I ask you to move my thread to the
    correct category.

    Comment by Ronnahoolofix — January 7, 2008 @ 12:58 am

  6. very interesting.
    i’m adding in RSS Reader

    Comment by music — January 7, 2008 @ 1:27 am

  7. […] of creativity with? To this end, there is an article here at Clattery MacHinery on Poetry called 25 Online Poetry Forums and Workshops where you can click and explore select poetry forums.    To this same end, you could […]

    Pingback by The Pee in the Pool of On Line Poetry, by Terreson « Clattery MacHinery on Poetry — April 20, 2008 @ 2:21 pm

  8. You have listed some good resources for all to check and enjoy. Thank you for sharing.

    Comment by meghnak — June 21, 2008 @ 4:17 pm

  9. Since my pee in the pool essay has been mentioned, with the link given, I’ll post to the thread.

    When checking out any or all of the 25 boards given as resources take the time to read the guidelines and by-laws of each board. Read them seriously. Read them closely. Two of the boards listed, the two TCP boards, were, in fact, primary incitement to my essay. For something of an inside look into how one site admin. views his customer-poets there are the comments of Dmehl following my essay.

    Take quite seriously what a board’s guidelines state. Then imagine how a guideline can be interpreted if and when a customer-poet is deemed an undesirable. Poetry boards have become a case of caveat emptor. The environment is not always friendly to the creative type.


    Comment by Terreson — August 13, 2008 @ 11:38 pm

  10. A follow up. Dmehl 808’s exchange starts with #248. It is where he advises a fellow site admin on’s sister board to “ban (members) a little more freely.”

    So again. Read a poetry board’s guidelines carefully. Then spend a month, maybe two, following board management practices before investing yourself in the proceedings.


    Comment by Terreson — August 13, 2008 @ 11:55 pm

  11. Is this gonna end someday??

    Comment by Stitlystola — August 25, 2008 @ 7:20 am

  12. “is this gonna end someday??”

    Not as long as egos are at stake.

    Unless a lawsuit prevails, of course.

    Comment by songbird — August 26, 2008 @ 10:37 pm

  13. Frankly, Stitlystola, I should hope not. I should hope all poets take stock of poetry boards, both the good and the bad. And because I believe in the system, I guess I hope poetry boards take stock of themselves.


    Comment by Terreson — August 27, 2008 @ 11:37 pm

  14. Who ever did this list might want to take another look, TCP is now two sites…niether of them have the ambience the orginal site had.
    The versifier has a new board by Yuku, as do a few others, Yuku is the pits to try and use.

    Comment by Steve — September 29, 2008 @ 1:41 pm

  15. Hi Steve,

    I compile and attend to the list.

    Thanks for your sharp eye.

    While ezboards convert to Yuku, I have been keeping up with it, as I receive e-mails whenever this occurs at the forums. This list is kept in more places than just this post at C.M., so that each time Yuku converts another ezboard, I have several places to edit. Therefore, I edit only after a group of them. Note that Rule 9 has not converted yet.

    Yes, has given birth, in a way, to spin-off Both forums have good poets there. There is nothing about going through periods of growth, change, or even tough times that disqualifies a forum from the list. I look at the heart of the situation.

    One important aspect is that if I am to point someone to a forum, I want to be sure I am not sending poets to get chewed up by dogs, or be chastised for breaking rigid rules or a peculiar set of rules that only insiders see the genius of. There should also be a sense that a poet entering a forum should be welcome to both make a contribution to the craft being worked on there, and that given whatever time, receive constructive or contributory feedback on their own work.

    These are ideals that only rare forums live up to 7 days a week, and that most stray from for significant periods. That’s why I say, it’s the heart that counts.


    Comment by Clattery MacHinery — September 29, 2008 @ 3:29 pm

  16. I am here at a forum newcomer. Until I read and deal with the forum.
    Let’s learn!

    Comment by broopsype — December 3, 2008 @ 3:09 pm

  17. Online private instruction in poetry writing in Spanish (working one-on-one) for both, native speakers and students of advanced Spanish.

    More information:

    Comment by pedro — January 3, 2009 @ 1:19 pm

  18. Hi Pedro,

    Thanks for the tip.

    If you or any of your students want to share work online, there is an unused Spanish Workshop here:

    Babilu Español

    It’s there waiting for poets to populate it.


    Comment by Clattery MacHinery — January 3, 2009 @ 11:15 pm

  19. Спасибо за пост. Позновательно

    Comment by холодный — March 2, 2009 @ 7:32 pm

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  21. This look interesting,so far.
    If there’s anyone else here, let me know.
    Oh, and yes I’m a real person LOL.

    See ya,

    Comment by Capourodrussy — August 14, 2009 @ 10:23 am

  22. you people do know all poetry is hell .. right. I actually joined.
    Oh the things we tell people we do not know and can not see.

    Comment by Jane Walker — October 29, 2009 @ 7:31 am

  23. Clattery, if I may I would like to put in a plug for the board, Delectable Mnts. In the spirit of disclosure I should tell your readers that I own the board.

    Delectable Mnts is a small board. While it is primarily a poetry board it also runs in a salon-like fashion. By salon-like I mean it encourages conversation extending from the intellectual to the incidental. After all, poets cannot be making poetry 24/7. And sometimes it is enjoyable to discuss things other than poetry among the poetry reading public. The board has very few requirements. To become a member all that is needed is to register with the mother ship,, then post on the board. And members do not have to fill a quota of comments in order to post original poetry. (Quid pro quo is the rule.)

    I invite all to visit the board and look around.


    Comment by Terreson — October 29, 2009 @ 11:08 pm

  24. Hi folks,

    EpochZine is 20 days new ! We handle arts, technologies,current affairs from our base in Scotland. Come aboard! D’ye want a job wi us? Do you have a large sum of €s that you’d like us to do summint spectacular with?

    A Web Crossing Forum will appear soon.

    Comment by Yok Finney — December 5, 2009 @ 6:46 am

  25. Hi Rus/Clattery,

    Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your Facebook posts. I always enjoy them.

    Comment by Judy Clem — March 9, 2010 @ 4:49 pm

  26. hi folks,

    being innocent and pleading so in a scottish court is like taking the inside passage past stroma island or walking across the m8 motorway; it’s a risky biz with little chance of success. so i’ve been detained temporarely in new craigs hospital.

    what the hell. i’ve managed to smuggle in a dongle to keep transmitting …

    Comment by Yok Finney — May 29, 2010 @ 9:37 am

    • Hi Yok,

      It’s great to hear from you, but what extraordinary circumstance.

      I hope you are well, and that all comes out on your favor sooner than later.

      Let me know how things are going.


      Comment by Clattery MacHinery — May 29, 2010 @ 9:40 pm

    • I’ve been taught to visit the sick and the imprisoned–consider this a visit! Hope your detention will not last too long.Hope you are finding some time for poetry–I always liked the melody in your lines:-)

      Comment by csaba — May 30, 2010 @ 12:12 am

    • Yok, I have no idea what this is all about but I hope you are well or on your way there. You are in my thoughts.

      Comment by judyclem — May 31, 2010 @ 5:31 pm

  27. ClO2

    men that meet
    in airless windowless
    rooms never
    mean us good

    you’d think
    that truth, honesty
    and FRESH AIR
    are toxic to them

    you are correct! these
    are New Craig’s


    (but we, the human factor, are the counter-attack)

    Comment by Yok Finney — May 30, 2010 @ 4:54 pm

  28. Hi folks,

    I’m in good mental and physical health. Thanks all for keeping in touch. The EpochZine online forum is at

    — Yok

    Comment by Yok Finney — June 30, 2010 @ 12:22 am

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