Monday, October 08, 2007

Getting the best of our online publishing

This blog format works very well for building an audience but it is not that great at building a community. The aim is to create a vibrant online publication methodology that provides poets with interaction on the web while providing a history of poems submitted. One is very humbled by the contributions of some truly great voices. But all things seem to exist in time and people just come and go if there is no sense of community. By creating a central portals we can reference or index millions of poems to millions of readers. Potentially.

The advent of Web 2.0 sites like myspace make all this far easier. Go to blogger and start your own blog with your own poetry and link it into our site. By using our site to log links to your myspace efforts you will naturally build links in a site that has a long history.

On the new site: the grey front page generated by the Wordpress system - people can now join at will. You can join too - but the idea is that lots of poets may start to post their work and by allowing moderated comments, some natural editing may occur. From this may extract a monthly publication (incorporating the content on this site) for the most viewed poems. Our server stats programmes weigh your audience.

The WordPress platform naturally lends itself to building a Poetry Community. You can join and discuss, post work that is moderated by an editor or become an author who can post at will, comments are moderated, people can graduate from contributor to author - its quite brilliantly appropriate.

What do you think?


Richard Taylor said...


Thanks for putting a link to my EYELIGHT Blog.

How do we use this Blog to "interact"? by comments or via links to other pages?

At the moment EYELIGHT is really a huge poem "in progress" - although as it really has no "beginning or end" it isn't like Finnegans Wake -that circulates but has a kind of end in that it was "completed" and put into a finite book - EYELIGHT is both a poem and a text and an ongoing learning experience for myself and perhaps others. It has no complete projection - except that it does have form of a kind - each "section" begins with a poem -the last one begins with a poem about some Jewish Rabbis I saw in the Herald some time ago - and then moves from there which is why if one goes back through EYELIGHT there are scenes from Jacob Bronowski's book "The Ascent of Man" (as well as e/g an image from the cover of my edition of 1984 I read about 1964!) - as he was Jewish - knew many who worked on the Manhatten project and was also a poet (he wrote a book about Blake and a book about European culture etc) and transferred from physics and mathematics to biology (he was an official witness in Japan of the effects of the nuclear bombs on also many of his family were killed at Auschwitz) - his documentary showed the dangers of "absolute" knowlegde in chapter called "Knowledge or Certainty" now this only one aspect (one of the many possible paths so to speak) of what EYELIGHT is "about" - as language (for example) breaks down in the face of grief or despair or puzzlement etc images replace it (this is a crude summary) --- I bring many strands together (at first they are parallel - EYELIGHT was originally meant to be printed by myself right into a book and I let it lie then on day started my Blog and it went from there -I have a lot of material for it.

I consider everything to do with it to be a part of the process of this "poem" or text - even the comments. And while I am the author - Barthes d/o/t/a doesn't apply to me-yet!

I am also struggling with the idea of good or bad poetry and so on. "High art" v involvement by all (Beuys wanted everyone in his art classes) there are many themes at play and indeed play is one of them.

Cheers for now - Richard

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