Welcome, word-thirsty patrons, to your dVerse neighborhood pub’s twenty-eighth Open Link Night. Tonight’s the night to share a poem of your own making on any topic with the crowd of usual suspects and very welcome newcomers, and read some of others’ efforts in return.
Hedgewitch(Joy Ann Jones) here, holding the door open and trying not to get trampled by the early afternoon rush. So far, despite the inordinate amount of fun we all have here at the jumpin’est little roadhouse on the internet, no one has as yet attempted to make the exuberant writing and linking of poetry as we have come to know and love it illegal, but we live in a time where that, unfortunately, could always change. Therefore tonight I want to talk a little bit about the importance of uncensored poetry and art, and the need to support an environment where it can happen.
Many people saw the word (technically, the acronym) SOPA for the first time on January 18th, when several prominent internet sites “went black” or posted a censored version of their contents, but the desire to control the internet has been coming down the pike for a long time. What was remarkable about this instance was the response it drew from both big internet corporate entities like Google, non-profits like Wikipedia, and many grassroots protests, petitions and expressions of solidarity from every corner of the world wide web. As a result the legislation, which would have enabled the US government to issue orders to shut down websites deemed guilty under very amorphous terms of copyright infringement, was withdrawn, at least for the moment.
So it’s important to realize that we have a voice, perhaps never more so than now when we can amplify it through blogging and social media, and that we need to use it, and speak up for those things we believe in. This is somewhere where poetry, and art in general, has always been at the forefront—in breaking taboos, in calling out those who so richly deserve it, and in raising issues of injustice out of obscurity and forcing them into the full light of day. Aspiring to be a poet or an artist is in many ways a protest in and of itself against conformity, against sterility. Art says there is something more important than money, a particular something that can’t be bought which adds value to life. We need to all be vigilant in supporting an uncensored environment where artists, writers, political protesters, the disadvantaged and the oppressed, and the everyday user out looking for the facts, can communicate and freely utilize this amazing resource called the internet, planet-wide.
Okay, I’m off my soapbox, now and ready for another night of the best poetry on the web, so on a lighter note, I have two of my favorite definitions of poetry to leave you with tonight. One is from Paul Engle, long time director of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, who says:
“Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power. Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.”
The other is from American poet Carl Sandburg:
“Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.”
Let’s put some flesh on the bones tonight, synthesize a hyacinth biscuit or two, and enjoy the fact that we are fortunate enough to have this vibrant writing community to support and encourage each other, and that we still live in a society where we can express ourselves freely. See you all on the trail!
If you’re new to the pub, welcome, and here’s the drill:
- Post a poem on any topic to your blog,
- Link in the poem you’d like to share (1 per blog, please) by clicking on the Mr.Linky button just below.
- This opens a new screen where you’ll enter your information, and where you also choose links to read. Once you have pasted your poem’s blog url and entered your name, simply click submit.
- Don’t forget to let your readers know where you’re linking up and encourage them to participate by including a link to dVerse in your blog post.
- Visit as many other poems as you like, commenting as you see fit.
- Remember, we’re here for each other. Engage your fellow poets, talk, chat, comment, let them know their work is being read, and enjoy the input you also will receive. Feel free to tweet and share on the social media of your choice.
- Finally, enjoy–and relish the privilege of free speech in action.
Yes, love those definitions, perfect! Here’s to another wonderful week of (uncensored) open link night!
Laurie Kolp said:
You guys are quick!
Laurie Kolp said:
P.S. Your article was great, Joy… I love your definitions of poetry, too.
Thanks, Laurie. Always good to see you here.
Joseph Harker said:
Thanks for your wonderful comments, Joy; keep the topic alive, it’s far from over. And thanks for the poetry definitions as well, quite charming!
Glad you enjoyed, JH. I have the feeling it’s like the hydra–we’ve only chopped off the first head.
Supper had to take a back seat til I could post my offering with you 🙂 LOL
Bad me! Oh well, the Mini monster won’t starve for the next few minutes. Have a great time everyone!
Been out for a few weeks, so nice to join in again. Thanks, dVerse!
So you’re tending bar tonight, the Pub become an Okie roadhouse. What kinda Hedge hootch are you serving up for the crew? Here’s vatic blood in your eye! – Brendan
Serving whatever you can handle, my friend. And Skål to you as I lift my horn of mead–or was that jasmine tea?
woo hoo, I’m third. I think that’s the highest I’ve ever been. And woo hoo, it’s OLN!!! Thanks for hosting, hedge – I’m honored to link up my synthesized hyacinth biscuit tonight!
My pleasure. I don’t think I’ve ever cracked the top ten. I shall be by to nibble the biscuit soon.
I LOVE you lady! I have goosebumps! You know me, you can stand on that soap box dusk till dawn and I’ll hold my breath till you’re done. It was amazing to see so many come together to rally against SOPA. But be prepared…such an uprising, WORLD wide, will have the powers that be in panic mode. Not only did we discover our voices…this time, they were heard!
Thanks, Tash–after your stem-winder last week, I had to take up the torch. And I’m with you on the need to keep lighting those fires.
great that you pick up the sopa topic again hedge – in some countries there is no freedom of speech and poetry is censored…so we can be thankful that we can write about the topics that are on our mind without fear to go to prison or having our blog shut down..and should try to do everything that it stays this way
happy open link night everyone and thanks hedge for hosting!!
You’re welcome, Claudia. And I did have those countries in mind, some of them large and powerful countries, so we must never think it can’t happen here. See you on the trail.
Linda Kruschke said:
Incredible! It was 12:01 when I posted my link and I was number 21. This place is becoming quite popular – and with good reason, I suppose. The ale is cold, the peanuts are fresh, and the company is inviting.
Today I posted a poem written by my son for his social studies class. I told him he would get some good feedback from all the folks here at the pub, so don’t let me down! Grab a pint and head over to read what a 16-year-old has to say about the Vietnam War. Peace, Linda
Madeleine Begun Kane said:
Thanks as always for hosting this! Here’s my A Plateful Of Limericks.
Thanks for dropping by with your weekly Limerick-fest, Mad. It’s one of my favorite stops.
I did my first reading at a wine bar (California’s take on a pub) last night. I just pretended I was here and I was fine!
That is so awesome! Congratulations!!!
Thanks Shawna, I might be addicted now.
*Only half my comments are sticking 😦 Love you all though.
Welcome all–I washed my apron last night and I’m good to go here behind the bar.so name your poison. I’m very glad to be here for another night of wild words and rich reading. I can’t believe its been 28 weeks! See you all out there–and I better get my own link up while I can.
another space sonnet
my rays of light said:
Good Tuesday everyone!!! I’m looking forward to reading a lot today. I hope you all enjoy this beautiful day
Much peace to you all
Brian Carlin said:
Howdy, dVersers, the piece I’ve put up was written after your borders prompt, but I’m old and slow, so it just got finished today.
No expiration date on that stuff–especially to get a good poem like this up.
Hi Joy, thanks for tending bar and I think your Gravatar profile is awesome! I’ve posted my link and am looking forward to some fine reading here… Just a note, I’m still having difficulty posting comments to many blogspot blogs – hope this problem will soon be solved.
You’re very welcome Ruth. And thanks for reminding me to switch out of the embedded form for tonight–I think that’s behind a lot of the issues.
Hi Joy…thanks for getting up on your soapbox and sharing about the SOPA/PIPA legislation. It was very encouraging for me to see how many people signed petitions and brought it to a screeching halt…although another piece of legislation quickly replaced it…OPEN. We’ll have to stay vigilant and see what’s next up their sneaky sleeves!
Yes, you have to watch them every minute. There’s way too much money in the internet, and way too much people power, too, for the powers that be to leave it alone unless they’re made to.
Ginny Brannan said:
Hi Hedge, thanks for hosting & reminding us again how important our ‘voice’ is, especially when government threatens to take it away.
Trying something a little different with my poetry voice today, actually so different almost feel I need to post a “disclaimer” with it!! Anyways, it’s up and waiting to see what y’all think. Ready to head into the pub now to chat and rub elbows with the best poets & writers, bar none! Cheers!
Sometimes different is good, Ginny. ;_)
Hedge, thanks for hosting OLN, I look forward to another wonderful week of D’verse poetry. Cheers
Cheers, Fred. Dug your homonyms much.
Hi Hedge, I love the hyacinth and biscuit mix. (Are they gluten-free?)
the really good things are never gluten-free and never low fat…just saying…smiles
Hopefully just corn-free. Good to see you here, Karin.
The year of the Dragon…Hedge…and I’m on fire…cheers!
C.L. Sostarich said:
Happy Tuesday everyone!!
Adrian Giannini said:
Oh dear its morning here bah … well linked up a poem , a softer one from me so enjoy…. COFFEEEEEEEEEE
you australians are far ahead of us…smiles… you’re up early..
Adrian Giannini said:
Not that early was getting ready for work having “that” coffee lol
Go for it! You put the case for artistic freedom succinctly and well. Thanks.
Un censored poetry is the only poetry worth writing, reading.
Our creativity is challenged and to be unfettered is the root of the creative expression.
I am so proud of all who stand with this.
And I am my so proud to have made some heart friends at dverse.
Always proud to call you friend, Jane. Looking forward to see what you have for us.
Shashi (@VerseEveryDay) said:
I am travelling to Rishikesh again… as my yearly treat. And this has given me thoughts about love and life… and these are the words that have come to me while sitting around a beautiful lake – Sukhna in Chandigarh India where I am staying tonight on the way to Rishikesh from Delhi… Thinking about love….
ॐ नमः शिवाय
Om Namah Shivaya
At Twitter @VerseEveryDay
Thanks for the update and for reminding us that it’s the poet’s job to say the emperor has no clothes.
the poet’s or the jester’s … but who can tell the difference…smiles
Gwen Dubeau said:
Happy open link night everyone,
Happy to be here to share and read fab poetry. This group really inspires me to keep at it and…so I will. 😉
Enjoy and goodnight to all!
hello and good night…will soon nestle down in my pillows as well..
Tried my hand at imagism this past week, and giving it another shot today. Feel free to check it out and let me know what you think!
Good essay Hedge. Warning, Political content in my post!
ha..good you warned us and loved the hemingway quote..
*comes blowing in on a breeze, ends up upside-down against the bar, ever the lady*
I’m here, Hedge!
Let the games begin! We need all the refinement and elegance we can get around here.
This was a very moving line: “Aspiring to be a poet or an artist is in many ways a protest in and of itself against conformity, against sterility.”
And this is quite the tongue twister: “Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.”
Thanks–and yes, I wouldn’t want to have to say that rapidly after an extra margharita.
Mary Mansfield said:
Love the essay about censorship, Hedge 🙂
Nice to be among some fellow poets for a bit o’ refreshment here at the Pub! Somebody pass me a beer before the family figures out I’ve gone missing 😉
I just found this little web site called One Stop Poetry, which a few of you are probably familiar with. As it turns out, it seems to be a bit of a predecessor for dverse. The last One Stop linkup featured 24 poetry submissions. Today’s linkup has been open for about 2 hours and we’re already up to 80+ entries. By tonight, it will probably reach at least 150.
Check out the link below, and give the successful jumpstarters a hand for how far they’ve come with this blog. Thanks to all the poets who put in so much time and hard work to keep this place running.
One Stop was a special place, as is the Pub, of course, but One Stop was my first writing community, and I’ll never forget how supportive and kind and creative a place they built for writers in their very short and impressive existence. Thanks for steering folks back there for a nod to a fine outfit, Shawna, some of whom I’m privileged to work with here.
Definitions of poetry are many and various – mine is: to shine a golden light on the humdrum.
I cannot believe how many people have been in to the bar before me, and I came as soon as the email came up! I’ve linked to a piece about sonnets, with a sonnet about idleness.
Synthesizing hyacinths and biscuits, my kind of place! So excited about finding this place for the word-thirsty. . .
Thanks for the wordsharing! I hope you enjoy as much as I do!
Out of the spirit of protest, I’m wrapped in winter dreams and thoughts of love, kitchens and old romance. For you..all of you, a love song.
gay it was beautiful…
Time for dinner here in the shadow of the great Dustbowl, so I am taking a break, but shall return to continue this word extravaganza in a short.
Eve Redwater said:
Hello everyone, nice to meet you! This is my first time linking. I’m really loving this blog, what a great idea. 🙂
Thanks for all the work you all are doing. Your appreciated!
ed pilolla said:
Thanks for all the hard work is right. This is a fantastic group of writers those at dverse have brought together.
Thanks Ed. Appreciate the props. Good to see you posting.
way to rattle the soap box hedge…it def pays to stay informed on our government…most dont realise too the law that went into effect around christmas that allows for the detainment of american citizens…hmmm…kinda scary stuff going on here eh?
anyway, hope everyone is having fun…been out on the trail and realised i forgot to drop a bread crumb here…smiles….thanks for hosting hedge…and see the rest of you out on the trail…
Oh so *there* you are! I was pretty starved so the breadcrumb came in handy. ;_) Thanks for being out there on the rounds though–I knew that’s where you were cause as usual you were ahead of me everywhere.
and def agree on your point about the scary stuff–got to keep your eyes open all the time these days.
Beth Winter said:
I made it! and I got the much desired 103 spot on Mr. Linky!
Hope everyone is having fun.
I’m sure several are dying of envy. ;_) Welcome Beth. I’ll be by in the morning as my brain is giving out.
Jody Lee Collins said:
Brand newbie to the blogosphere and oh-so-very excited to be part of this world wide web. Thank you for the invite dVerse people, via Faith, Fiction and Friends author Glynn Young.
Poetry quote, W.H. Auden (attributed) “Poems are just stories with the boring parts left out.”
Love Auden, and that quote is wonderful. Great to see you here, Jody.
Charles Elliott/Beautyseer said:
Thanks for your UPLIFTING thoughts from the soapbox, Joy.
Before the Internet, A.J. Muste observed, “Freedom of the press belongs to the man who owns one.” That was how the era of the printing press worked.
But in the nearly 20 years that the graphical interface for the web has been available, we all have had unprecedented freedom to express ourselves directly to millions without editors, censors or other gatekeepers, for the most part.
I would remind you, however, that capitalism makes its money by creating artificial shortages and then opening the gates of supply only to paying customers. In England in the 17th century the commons were fenced off and sold to the aristocracy, increasing the general poverty because no longer could every family in the village graze their own cow. If you want the Internet to remain a free exchange of ideas, you will have to fight the elites for it every inch of the way.
I have recently been astonished to discover that I am a worldwide provider of free Internet content, with my videopoems now offered free by at least 16 sites in places like Ireland, India, Pakistan, Canada and even Azerbeijan. Should I consider these sites “videopirates” and demand that they pay me? That is not why I posted my mediations in the first place.
There is something more important than money. As King George VI of Britain says in the wonderful movie, “The King’s Speech,”: “I HAVE A VOICE!”
Exactly, Charles. ‘The price of liberty is eternal vigilance ‘is no meaningless cliche. I think it’s just astonishing –astonishingly good—that your content is available worldwide. Enjoyed your poem about age, a subject often on my mind (and in my bones) these days, very much.
Okay folks, it’s getting past dark-thirty here and my brain is turning to mush–I’ll be back in the morning for another go. Our link will be live till midnight EST Wednesday, so the more the merrier–plenty of time to get in on the action.
Cressida de Nova said:
” Only in poetry can a feeling be truly captured”…me
Becky Sain said:
I’m in baby!!
Can’t wait to read these this week.
woohoo welcome to the party…smiles.
Kelly E said:
Hedgewitch, your poetry definitions inspired me to share this:
“A good poem is like a sacred mind-altering substance: you take it into your system, and it carries you beyond your ordinary ways of understanding.” ~ Kim Rosen
I read that in an interview that appeared in The Sun magazine.
Love it—-and it’s very true–a good poem recasts reality in a way that alters it, makes it more immediate, and sets off bells in your brain. Thanks, Kellie, for sharing.
alright poets…at 119 i am off for a little rest… be back in the morning though to see what the over nights bring…
good morning.. looks like you had a great night…cup of coffee and out on the trail…
played a bit of catch up and off to work now…see you in the evening…
Donald Harbour said:
I missed the Borders prompt cutoff however Brian suggested I re-post here. So I have. Thanks for the site url from Briar Cat.
Morning Poets :)…Back for more!
Amy Jo Sprague said:
Better late than never! Excited to start reading! You guys really do an EXCEPTIONAL job here at dVerse, thanks for what you’re doing
thanks for linking up your awesome poetry with us amy jo
Back for day number two–and its great to see people still linking. Off to read.
brian miller said:
good afternoon everyone…been out and about most of the morning but jumping in to catch the last 10…hope everyone is having a great day!
I just linked a poem my husband wrote last night. It is phenomenal! I hope I’m not too late linking him up.
not at all too late shawna… i think it’s really cool that your husband started writing poetry as well…and it’s a great piece
kd sullivan said:
I’ve had so much fun sharing and reading in this community. thanks!
Thanks for being here – I just love this place!
I am terribly late but I am linking up after a busy day ~
Thanks for hosting and to everyone for making this OLN a lovely community ~
Vinod Madhok (@VinodMadhok) said:
I am new here…seem like a great place …here is my link http://vinodmadhok.blogspot.com/