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Read Write Poem anthology!

September 20, 2010

Read Write Poem NaPoWriMo 2010 anthology!

Back in April 2010, when Read Write Poem was still alive, we participated in NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) at the site, one poem a day for thirty days. Dana Guthrie Martin, the founder of Read Write Poem, so graciously promised to put together a collection for everyone who wrote thirty poems in thirty days. The result, the online Read Write Poem anthology, has just gone live!

It has been a sweet journey. In the dirge of the RWP closure announcement, the community (like some dynamic alien organism assuming a life of its own) came up with alternative prompt sites, namely, Big Tent Poetry, We Write Poems and Writer’s Island. All three are thankfully still alive and helping the online poetry community continue to pursue the pleasure of reading and writing poems.

We miss Read Write Poem a lot, a lot, but as everything in the world is mutable, we have moved on, but we’ll never ever forget Read Write Poem and we want to thank Dana for the memory and now, this legacy. The RWP anthology is special because it was a swan song. O beautiful swan!

To read the Read Write Poem anthology, click here.

Thank you for this announcement Irene; I second your appreciation. And thank you Dana and all the dedicated talented people who made RWP shine so bright.


  1. September 20, 2010 11:39 am

    Thank you for the alert — it was an honor being a contributor… 😉


  2. September 20, 2010 11:47 am

    I would like to add my thanks to Dana, and all who were involved, first at Poetry Thursday, and then Read Write Poem. The 5-year experience for me was wonderful, and the anthology is special…


  3. September 24, 2010 10:25 pm

    Am looking forward to perusing the swan song. I was dedicated to Poetic Asides for my April PAD and it was a wild ride… Having contributed to all three “offspring” midwifed by Read Write Poem, I must confess: They each have such original qualities, I didn’t know they were all related. Kudos on the triplets, born of loving moms and dads and tended by same. Love and peace, Amy

  4. writersisland permalink
    September 25, 2010 2:45 am

    Hi Amy – the lineage actually goes back beyond ReadWritePoem to a site called Poetry Thursday, which when it closed, gave birth to Writer’s Island then ReadWritePoem. When RWP took life, we went dark with WI for a period. When RWP closed, we reactivated WI immediately, to then be joined by We Write Poems and Big Tent. So that is the story of the ancestry of the “triplets”… 😉

    Writer’s Island
    Image & Verse

    • Irene permalink*
      September 27, 2010 8:43 pm

      Oh wow Rob you’re officially the historian! It’s really nice to know. Appreciate much. Triplets sound so fertile. 🙂 We’re not fallow. We’re fertile. Am I sounding puerile?

  5. September 26, 2010 12:11 pm

    Thank you for this kind piece, Irene, and to everyone who contributed to the anthology.

    And Rob is correct that there was a relationship between the Poetry Thursday site, which I co-founded, and Read Write Poem which I founded. I’ve detailed that relationship in the editor’s letter found within the anthology as well as elsewhere.

    • Irene permalink*
      September 27, 2010 8:47 pm

      Hello Dana! Thanks for noticing. It was a joyful spontaneous outburst. I’m just thinking out loud but just how nice it would be to hold a hard copy of the anthology. Mmmm dreaming…

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