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Sunday, 12 June 2011

Sunday Editorial

This week we published material by two names that are probably becoming familiar to you - Rachel North and Philip Challinor. Rachel's 'Picture of an American Soldier' was a stark reminder of the ongoing human cost of war, and Philip had a jab at the coalition with 'What a Blinder'.

My own 'Mice and Men' split the works of two poets, new to Poetry24. Val Walsh examined the 'categorisation' of rape, in 'Good Weather, Bad Weather', and Ian Nenna's 'Average Family' shone a light on increasingly evident social and economic polarisation.

We've listed forty five featured poets here at Poetry24, to date. Each of them has had at least one poem showcased and, judging by the number of returning visitors we have each day, they are getting a healthy audience. A couple of things for poets to remember, though. Do try and respond to comments, when they are left. This encourages the kind of interaction, we'd like to see more of. And, there is no time gap between submissions. So if we publish your poem, and you have another waiting in the wings, don't hold back, send it in.

In her editorial, last week, Clare raised the subject of audience interaction. We've both been a little puzzled at how few people leave comments after reading a poem, and it's been suggested, by one reader, that this maybe due to "…shyness - or lack of confidence in opinion."

Both, Clare and I share a passion for making poetry more accessible, and believe that Poetry24 has a part to play in that aim. All around the world, people's lives are touched by news reports that can offer an ideal prompt for the poet’s voice in all of us. That means, your opinion counts, whether you are the author or the reader.

Looking forward to hearing from you.



  1. One suggestion to help get the ball rolling with comments: perhaps readers might feel less hesitant about leaving a comment if a poet adds one or two 'food-for-thought' type questions or remarks after a poem to kick things off. – Anthony Baverstock

  2. Good idea re poet's add on - increase connect.

  3. Just to add, if you missed the comments after last week's editorial, a couple of readers also suggested the odd comment or question from the editors so we've started doing that too! Thanks for the feedback.

  4. I am not sure that your insistance that contributors post on Poetry 24 before posting in their own is not stifling activity.
    Although I appreciate the opportunity and do post on 24 when I think of it, I would post more often if I could post the same post at home concurrently.
    I will come back in a day or so to read your rationale or maybe I missed the original explanation and could be directed to it. In any case, I do support this idea and appreciate the work you both do on this site. :-)

  5. I think the best way to encourage comments is to treat comments as a conversation and to make sure there is a response to comments - so the person who has the poem posted should be encouraged to read all the comments and respond to them :) or the editors can also respond if the author is quiet - just my opinion. It is great that you are encouraging a community this way, and it makes sense for this type of current affairs poetry.

  6. Stafford - Many who have their poems published here, post a short message on their own blogs, with a link to Poetry24. That might answer the synchronicity issue that you've raised.

    Gabrielle - Thanks. I agree, that the conversational aspect of comments is vital. We'll continue to do all we can to encourage it.