“I am happy because I am daily growing and honestly not knowing where the limit will yet lie. To be certain, every day can be a revelation or a new discovery. However, the most satisfaction is yet to come to hear another human being say, “Hey, here is something real.””
When a storm leafless branches bends,
Never doubt that the earth is kind —
There’ll be leaves again
Bathed in silver rains,
Whispers on the soft wind.
© 2017 Sasha A. Palmer
Is it doable? Yes.
Is it easy? No.
Is it for everyone? No.
Mackay Bell–by his own admission “not a huge fan of poetry”–in the comments on The Passive Voice proposes a bona fides digital strategy for poets:
1. Write great poems (whatever that means) and post them on a blog.
2. Mix the shorter poems with some graphics or artwork and format them into a JPEG pic that looks good on Twitter and Facebook. Send those out one by one and then repeat. (In other words, you don’t have to make a new one every day, if you have twenty or so you can rotate them. Better if you have 50 or more.)
3. Read your poetry aloud on short videos and posts to You Tube.
4. How do you monetize? Collect the poetry into books and self-publish on Kindle. If you have enough of a fan base you might even be able to get paid for readings or set up Patreon fund me.
What do you think, poets?
You never know until you try. Go for it.
The sun’s asleep tucked in a cloud
The land — beneath the wintry shroud
On a dried out vine
Sits fiery sunshine —
A red cardinal proud.
This is one of my attempts at the form called clogyrnach.
Join the clogyrnach party over at Poetic Asides, it’s fun, and if your poem’s chosen — you’ll be published in Writer’s Digest! (Make sure to enter your poem by March 15.)
My daughter Sophie created the artwork for the cover.
Visit the site of Alexey Kljatov–a photographer who takes amazing close up pictures of snow–to watch a short documentary about Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley — the pioneer of snowflake photography.