Yes, I know there is already a Facebook group for disabled poets and writers, but I'm thinking of creating a private group specifically for poets to get feedback on pieces and talk shop. It would be like a cross between an MFA-type workshop (sans crying and one-upmanship) and a conversation with knowledgeable friends. I think it would be useful, but others might not agree.
Is it something poets might be interested in? Let me know!
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Questions you might have:
1. Why not a public group?
If poets post their work on a public forum, it's considered published. Most literary magazines won't touch previously published work.
2. Why poetry (and only poetry)?
I often see poetry shoved to the margins in craft books/blogs, writing magazines, and other resources. Free classes in creative writing exist in abundance, but few of them are classes on poetry composition. Plus, I am a poet.
3. Why not a poetry group for everyone?
Disabled and neurodivergent poets are often silenced. Our subject matter is frequently deemed "uncomfortable" or something our peers can't connect with. I want a group where we don't have to stifle ourselves for the ableists' comfort.
4. Do shared poems only have to be about disability/neurodivergence?
No, but there might be some topics that are off-limits or require a trigger warning.