Topic Episode 1: Internet Poetry

In this episode JM and Shawn get lost in a discussion about Internet Poetry, and along the way they end up sounding like bitter grumpy old men (sorry, Steve Roggenbuck!). On their journey they discuss MTV Movies, JM rants about long walks in Middle-earth, and they make plans for the end of the world.

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Destination: Detour is a Poetry Podcasting Project set to be posted will be posted weekly on this youtube channel. It’s about everything poetry related.

Our purpose is to get lost on purpose. We will do everything – from reviews, showcases, and critiques to meandering discussions about genre, theme, and the writing process. We even plan on reaching out and collaborating on community projects with the audience. Everything is in the air and on the table.

Find out more about us at http://www.destinationdetourpoetry.wordpress.com and on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/destinationdetour

Interested in having your poetry on Destination:Detour?

Send an mp3 (no more than 4 minutes long) of you performing an original piece as an attachment to destinationdetourpoetry@gmail.com
Include in the body of the email a written copy of the poem (to be published on the blog), and a short bio (100 words maximum) that should include information about where to find you online. Looking forward to seeing my inbox filling up.

Also, in the body of the email, let us know if you are submitting work to be featured (stand alone, no commentary), reviewed (commentary, but no criticism), or critiqued (the work will be coupled with constructive criticism as well as commentary).

Good luck!

Feature Poem 001: Journey by Shawn King

Featured Poem 001: Journey by Shwan King

Shawn King is a poet from Erie, PA. he describes himself as a “Writer, Blogger, Poet, Redneck art Douche Turned Crippled explorer. Survivor, Feminist, Gamer, Crafter of stars, Molder of minds. Breeder of ideas. Pursuer of Beauty. ”

You can find out more about Shawn and his writing on his blog:
http://www.fishnabuboo.wordpress.com
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Destination: Detour is a Poery Podcasting Project set to be posted will be posted weekly on this youtube channel (once we get up and running). It’s about everything poetry related.

Our purpose is to get lost on purpose. We will do everything – from reviews, showcases, and critiques to meandering discussions about genre, theme, and the writing process. We even plan on reaching out and collaborating on community projects with the audience. Everything is in the air and on the table.

This is a little sample of what we’re going to be bringing you.

Interested in being on Destination:Detour?

Send an mp3 (no more than 4 minutes long) of you performing an original piece as an attachment to destinationdetourpoetry@gmail.com

Include in the body of the email a written copy of the poem (to be published on the blog), and a short bio (100 words maximum) that should include information about where to find you online. Looking forward to seeing my inbox filling up.

Also, in the body of the email, let us know if you are submitting work to be featured (stand alone, no commentary – like this video), reviewed (commentary, but no criticism), or critiqued (the work will be coupled with constructive criticism as well as commentary).

Good luck!

10 Types of Blog Posts for Writers to Increase Traffic

Writers, drive more traffic to your blogs. Courtesy of Nostrovia! Poetry

the former Nostrovia! Tavern

waterfall Here’s what you need.

If your blog is floundering with a small trickle of traffic, here are some tips to help crack the Internet faucet open. We don’t want trickles and streams, we want rivers, to have our content shared and read by dedicated readers.

And that brings us to readability. Are your articles optimized for the average internet user? Are your posts easy to share? Do they encourage interaction, and attract even the average quick-click internet dwellers.

Those questions are key to ask before publishing to your blog.

Here are ten types of blog posts for aspiring authors, poets, and writers.  These will help boost your blog in the right direction.

1. How-to/tutorial posts

This one provides information on how to perform a specific task, or reach a goal. How many of you have Googled how to do something you simply didn’t know how to? Videos and images that provide…

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“Poets: The Internet and Us” by Shawn King

Virtually everyone I know under the age of eighty is now online. My grandmother uses Facebook better than some Twenty somethings. Poets I know fall in every possible range of tech savvy. Some forgo books of any sort and just self publish through various social media outlets. While others try and avoid the screen, and technology in general, as much as possible. These are sort of the extreme ends of the spectrum, but I have only been involved in the poetry scene as a whole for a year now, and I know several people that fit each of these descriptions.

Recently an article was published in the New Yorker about internet poetry as a sub genre of Alt Lit. The main focus of the article was on Steve Roggenbuck. He is an internet poet who mainly publishes his work through YouTube.

 

“What does it mean to be an Internet poet? Since 2010, Steve Roggenbuck, a twenty-six-year-old who lives in rural Maine, has been producing poetry that is made, distributed, and viewed almost exclusively on the Web, taking the form of tweets, Facebook posts, YouTube videos, and image macros. He became best known for a series of videos that are a mix of Walt Whitman and Ryan Trecartin, showing Roggenbuck either in bare apartments or out in the forest, manically improvising poems that celebrate the cosmos and our place in it. In one video, he screams at a gray sky, “Make something beautiful before you are dead.… Maybe you should stand in the rain! You’re alive right now!” But this ain’t no tree-hugger or Iron John. There’s an intensity and an edge to his work, verging on violence, which is at once terrifying, hypnotic, and completely moving.”  (http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2014/05/if-walt-whitman-vlogged.html)

 

I take umbrage with much of what is said right here. I will give them intense, but edgy, terrifying, hypnotic, and moving I am not okay with. Anybody can act intense for 3-5 seconds at a time. I find the general feeling for me to be nauseating and disorienting. Nauseating is simply a matter of all the jump cuts, but what disorients me is partially due to the pacing, but mostly the fact that at the end of an eight minute video all I can remember are the last few lines. Large portions of these videos are nonsensical and obviously doing nothing more than trying to get a rise out of the viewer. I also don’t think anybody would make it through even a single page of a poem written in this style. I realize this is most certainly of little importance to Steven Roggenbuck, but he has entire videos where it is trying to stake his claim as a poet, or at least explain why he is a poet. If you want to be known as the modern day Walt Whitman you might want to try writing.

 

Whether or not you are a fan of poetry, it holds a place among the sacred facets of humanity. There is a reason that the texts of all the major religions are written in verse. I have had poets say to me that nobody has the right to decide what is good or what is bad poetry. I don’t walk around with different colored stickers placing them on other poets work, but if you are an artist and you hear something that is sublimely beautiful it hits you harder than a freight train. I have never pondered my decision, it should be something that just kind of is.

“A dominant impulse on encountering beauty is to wish to hold on to it, to possess it and give weight in one’s life…There is an urge to say, ‘I was here, I saw this, and it mattered to me.” -Alain de Botton

 

To me what Alain de Botton says right there is the core of why poetry exists. If your goal is to scream about your grandfathers cock then I don’t begrudge you that right, but it to me is not poetry. This is all I have to say on this matter. I think Steve is doing some wonderful things with his vlogs, and I will explain myself now.

 

That is the end of my criticism of Steve Roggenbuck. I could probably keep blabbing about whether or not I think he is a poet, but I do want to cover the very positive things I see here. Technology is an extension of humanity not the end of it. The work that he is producing is inevitable in my opinion. “their is a feedback loop we script intention into our designs and those designs in turn script our subjective experience. our ability to create virtual future possibilites, to inform future thoughts, to build a creative playground for the mind. ” Jason Silva, shots of awe.

The experience of delving headlong into social media is very much like watching one of Steven’s vlogs, but it is spread out over a longer time period with no jump cuts. The very framework of experiencing the internet is the catalyst for the Internet Poetry scene. As our lives become more digital you are going to continue to see this kind of scatter brained psychedelically paced art. Futurist Timothy leary has stated that the pc is the lsd of the 90’s. The definition of the word psychedelic is to make manifest the mind. This blog is going a tad long now, so I will end with this. Until our own experience as humans catches up to the internet, I believe much of what we see is going to be in this vein, but poetry has a chance to take back its own future. The internet is that chance, and I believe in this regard all poets can learn from Steve Roggenbuck. There is going to be a part two to this blog in a few days.