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10th May 10:51am
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Poet of the Week: LunaGreyhawk
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Our next Poet of the Week catchup is with LunaGreyhawk.

Why did you choose Deep Underground Poetry?

DUP was recommended to me by my dearest love DCLXVI_1989 after we began exchanging poetry a few years ago. It took me a bit to take the plunge, but Iím so glad I did.
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Do you think social media contributes to the well-being poetry?

My short answer is no. It definitely creates more opportunity to share your work, but Iíve found that it puts it in front of an audience thatís scrolling to pass time before they engage in the next life thing, so to me itís always been hit or miss. It definitely does allow an easy outlet for a beginning poet to post their work freely; I just think itís more difficult to get quality reads or feedback from your friends and family.
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Who is/are your greatest poetic inspiration/s?

I found a Maya Angelou book when I was very young; maybe 10 or 11 years old, and even though she and I shared next to nothing in the way of life experiences, she wrote in a way that I could feel and empathize with her emotions and the events of her life. I decided I wanted to be that kind of writer, and Iíve been writing since. I really love Bukowski and Emily Dickinson, but I love to read them all.
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What inspires you personally to write? How important is the accessibility of meaning?

To me, the accessibility of meaning is the most important thing. I struggle with mental illness and the lasting effects of trauma, and I write for catharsis. What is the point of that catharsis if I havenít adequately framed my experience in a way that invites my reader to come in, pull up a chair, and share it with me? There is beauty in wordplay just for the sake of the aesthetic, and Iím not against it; I just prefer to let my readers in on my secrets.
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Should one have to work hard to solve the poem?

I believe there are all types of writers, for all types of readers. I personally will abandon a poem if Iím not getting the gist of it. It might be simply that itís written above my comprehension level, or it plays with words not attempting a cohesive meaning. I donít dislike those poems; I just have difficulty staying focused on them. I tend to want to deliver my most deepest meanings and thoughts wrapped in paper thatís understandable and accessible, but most importantly to me, relatable. I donít mind digging for the core a bit, but my attention span is limited, so I shoot for complex emotions stated in simple ways.
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Why do you recommend Deep Underground Poetry?

I have belonged to other writing sites, but the community here and the overwhelmingly positive experience Iíve had in just the few short months Iíve been here has been incredible. I love the time and attention the members give to their feedback; and I really love being read by other writers and creatives who might appreciate the effort that goes into writing so much more than your average online space.

https://www.facebook.com/DUpoetry/posts/10157597612468665

https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/poets/LunaGreyhawk/
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7th March 8:26am
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Register now for Poetry Month 2022
It's coming! You can now register to take part in Glo/NaPoWriMo 2022.

This takes place throughout April. The challenge is to write a poem a day for 30 days.

Follow the link below to find out more and register...

https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/forum/speakeasy/read/12191/
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11th February 2:29pm
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Poet of the Week: poetOftragedy
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Our next Poet of the Week catchup is with poetOftragedy.

Why did you join Deep Underground Poetry?

I honestly didn't really know anything about deep underground poetry before, I was just searching for poetry groups in Facebook until I stumbled upon it that's when I created my profile (on the official Site) so I can share my work and read other poets writing..
So I gradually feel in love with it because of the warm welcome I received from the likes of AblackWolf, RevolutionAL, juvenile 66, Ely and AE Meliav to name a few their guidance and support made DU the only place for me to go poetry..
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Do you think social media contributes to the well-being poetry?

For me social media doesn't really contribute to the well being of poetry.
We live in a passive age, the current youth (the one's that occupy the majority of social media) hardly have time to read it's all about what's trending.. poetry is for a select few those who love to read, it's very rare on social media to find a poem trending despite how well written and powerful it is....
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Who is/are your greatest poetic inspiration/s?

Vusi Makhafula and Lonnie Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid Lynn
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What inspires you personally to write? How important is the accessibility of meaning?

My life events inspire me to write. I didn't have a really good teenage life always cast aside and I wasn't really good at opening up so I picked up a pen to express what I felt inside... I believe every poet writes so that they can be understood and accepted via their work, so there's always a meaning behind every write either to shine the light on something or the opposite...
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Should one have to work hard to solve the poem?

The art of complexity is simplicity.. the thing is poetry is an art form sometimes it can be abstract, theological or actual therefore some poems may be hard to understand at first given how they are written some poems have meanings imbedded way deep some are just practical and simply straight forward therefore there's no straight answer to this question just have to appreciate the art form...
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Why do you recommend Deep Underground Poetry?

Deep underground has a vast array of different poets from different parts of the world with different life experiences this means there's are many different beautiful poems written by many different people better yet deep underground houses mature writers and as well as people just starting up.. this makes it possible for anyone who enjoys writing to grow or to better themselves in some way you can say deep underground isn't just a home for poetry and poets it's a home of art some way or somehow every piece of artform is appropriated here weather drawing, music, painting, etc. I know this because I've used many artforms in my videos to better express myself..
So to anyone who wants to be a poet or has love for art deep underground is the best place to go.....

https://www.facebook.com/DUpoetry/posts/10157597565138665

https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/poets/poetOftragedy/
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25th December 7:10pm
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Merry Xmas...
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...to all those who celebrate it, hope you had a great day!


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17th December 4:13pm
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New Feature: Choose what you see in your updates feed
Hi everyone,

It's a while since I launched a new feature, so I've sneaked this one out in time for the holidays.

You can now choose which notifications you see by default on your My Updates page and the summary on your My Home page. You'll notice a cog icon on both these pages, which links to the settings page. Here's the direct link: https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/feed-settings/

You will still be able to see a full feed of everything by using the drop down navigation on your My Updates page . If you don't choose any settings, the default view will show you everything.
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8th December 4:22pm
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Poet of the Week: cheesa
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Our next Poet of the Week catchup is with cheesa.

Why did you choose Deep Underground Poetry? Do you think social media contributes to the well-being poetry?

I was introduced to deep underground by a friend, and I definitely think social media helps anything to help promote will help. More platforms, the better.
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Who is or are your greatest poetic inspirations? What inspires you personally to write?

I enjoy reading Shakespeare and I'm inspired to write, mainly when I'm feeling down basically it saves my life.
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How important is the accessibility of meaning? Why do you recommend Deep Underground Poetry?

For deciphering the meaning of poems--it all depends on the poem and poet, and I recommend DUP because it's a friendly place to meet like minded people and poets.

https://www.facebook.com/DUpoetry/posts/10157585753823665

https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/poets/cheesa/
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2nd November 11:15am
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Poet of the Week: Stoney223
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Our next Poet of the Week catchup is with Stoney223.

Why did you choose Deep Underground Poetry?

I use to be on GOOGLE until they shut that part of the site down, so a friend of mine subject I check your out so far I enjoy being here and I have meet alot of talented writers and artists here at deep underground. For I was searching for a place were I can be myself and let my mind and thoughts be free to create, for to me if one is truly looking for a place to test the waters here is a good opportunity, for each and everyone of us have the ability to be a writer whether its as a story teller or as a song writer or a artist of artwork for life gives you a story everyday to tell.
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Do you think social media contributes to the well-being poetry?

Yes for it created a outlet that most would not have access to showcase there art or craft for it bough artists together that would never have meet, bringing different ideas and thoughts to a new height of meaning of true expression of thoughts and feelings of ones soul.
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Who is or are your greatest poetic inspirations?

NIKKI GIOVANNI, MAYA ANGELOU, LANGSTON HUGHES, TUPAC SHAKUR.
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What inspires you personally to write? How important is the accessibility of meaning?

What inspires me is to see my words come to life from my mind heart and soul for we each have journeys to tell about life as each step became our footprints within the sands of time, and I get a deep joy to see that my words had an impact upon someones life that to me is the greatest thing in the world to be able to touch someones mind and heart through mere unspoken words to change a thought and create inner feelings.
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Should one have to work hard to solve the poem?

Yes and NO That's the whole thing about writing words you as the writer are in control with the pen to paper, for I find that a good story teller is someone who has the ability to hold your attention creating a beginning a middle and an end, for you as a writer you want the person reading to take the journey travel and walk with every word spoken.
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Why do you recommend Deep Underground Poetry?

Its a nice place and site if you want to learn and grow as you create and see other styles of writings, you will meet staff and members that are here to encourage you and inspire you to reach your true potential as a writer for someone asked the question can anybody be a writer? And the answer is yes for we all have something to say, for poetry is like a letter that we use to write to someone expressing our thoughts and dreams in life for we all have a story to tell through UNSPOKEN WORDS.

https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/poets/Stoney223/

https://www.facebook.com/DUpoetry/posts/10157585710803665
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24th August 8:44am
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Poet of the Week: Lozzamus
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Our next Poet of the Week catchup is with Lozzamus.

Why did you choose Deep Underground Poetry?

It seemed a very welcoming site open to all, yet professional with the option to receive feedback.
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Do you think social media contributes to the well-being poetry?

Yes and No. I think it's great that anyone can be a published poet through the internet, but I think the easy access to publish online can sometimes mean publishing poetry that isn't as good as it could be.
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Who is/are your greatest poetic inspiration/s?

I tend to go for novel reading that itself is poetic with rich imagery and an implied poetic rhythm, but I enjoy following a number of poets online and watching structures and themes develop. I, of course, often feel inadequate when reading the poems submitted here.
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What inspires you personally to write? How important is the accessibility of meaning?

Freedom of expression. Creating something that others might read, experience and picture. I tend to concentrate on sharing images, worlds, and stories through writing and rarely write poems to convey messages of sorts (I would use direct prose for that and do so on blogs or via Social Media).
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Should one have to work hard to solve the poem?

No. I think you can enjoy the rhythm and imagery, even when the meaning is difficult to grasp.
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Why do you recommend Deep Underground Poetry?

I think the site provides countless opportunities to read the writings of others, publish original writings online, get feedback, join in forums. It's perfect.

https://www.facebook.com/DUpoetry/posts/10157553511128665

https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/poets/Lozzamus/
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7th July 2:01pm
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Poet of the Week: Stanhoven
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Our next Poet of the Week catchup is with Stanhoven.

Why did you choose Deep Underground Poetry?

A couple of friends had told me I should publish my poems but I never really feel my poems are that outstanding so I thought well lets see about posting online and see what comes of it. I searched and came across a couple of sites but the Deep drew me in, I liked the setup of the site and the poems I started reading on here so I thought well here it goes and signed up and started posting.
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Do you think social media contributes to the well-being poetry?

Yes as it gives poets an access to put their stuff out and get it read. Social media is a great tool
to post stuff and even for artists to look for inspiration.
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Who is/are your greatest poetic inspiration/s?

Back in high school in grade 12 English when we studied poetry the teacher asked us to pick a poem and as songs were considered poems I choose The Tree's written by Neil Peart(RUSH) a song about the Cold War between the USA and Russia so that would of been the start of where I was headed. I started out as a musician and still am so all my inspirations are musical as songs are really just poems made musical. Meeting people, and living are great inspirations as well.
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What inspires you personally to write? How important is the accessibility of meaning?

As I am inspired just by living I just write how I feel, what I think and lots of Heavy Metal mixed with some great Pop music. Being a songwriter I tend to write in the same way in that the meaning should be clear and invoke a visual, a memory, or even to inspire. I do tend to like the poems on here that make you think and have to read a few times to understand as that is how we grow and learn so all the power to the poets that make us think and be more reflective.
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Should one have to work hard to solve the poem?

For me personally I would have to say no but then again all my stuff is usually written in less then 10 minutes so keeping it simple and to the point is how I tend to write but I have read some great stuff on here and I do tend to like the ones where you have to think.
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Why do you recommend Deep Underground Poetry?

I would recommend this site and actually already have as everyone one here makes you feel
like you are a part of this community and accept you. It was great to post and to get feedback. As an artist I have found inspiration for even my music on this site

https://www.facebook.com/DUpoetry/posts/10157527125878665

https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/poets/Stanhoven/
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Edited 9th June 4:33pm
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Poet of the Week: AndyJHale
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Why did you choose Deep Underground Poetry?

Initially, I was just an innocent bystander in this Deep Underground movement.
I was amazed by the talent on DUP, so I decided to stay to improve my writing skills.
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Do you think social media contributes to the well-being poetry?

I think it greatly contributes to well-being poetry.
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Who is/are your greatest poetic inspiration/s?

I grew up in Greenfield, Indiana. Everything revolved around the poet James Whitcomb Riley. I think that helped shaped my early childhood. Musically it was Jim Morrison and The Doors.
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What inspires you personally to write? How important is the accessibility of meaning?

Music!
I hope the reader spends a little time contemplating the meaning of each poem. The meaning is not always on the surface. Sometimes you have to dig a little deeper to find the meaning, but it's there.
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Should one have to work hard to solve the poem?

It depends on the poem.
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Why do you recommend Deep Underground Poetry?

I recommend Deep Underground Poetry, because you will read some of the most talented poets of our generation.

https://www.facebook.com/DUpoetry/posts/10157512676128665

https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/poets/AndyJHale/
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Edited 19th May 5:20pm
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Block Feature Update
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The functionality of the block feature has been improved!

For those who don't know, this feature allows you to block another member of the site, if you no longer wish to interact with them.

More info here https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/question/24/

The following has been added:
- Your comments will show as Anonymous, and theirs will show to you as Anonymous.
- Your forum posts will show as Anonymous, and theirs will show to you as Anonymous.

Why not hide the comments and forum posts completely?
Doing this would result in confusing and disjoined comment replies and forum conversations. Having them turn Anonymous replicates what happens when a member deactivates their DU Poetry account.
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15th May 1:30pm
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Poet of the Week: MartenHoyle
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Our next Poet of the Week catch up is with MartenHoyle.

Why did you choose Deep Underground Poetry?

It seemed a very nice place. That was a few years ago. I donít think Iíve changed my profile picture. I also have some thoughts about social media contributing to the well-being of poetry.
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Do you think social media contributes to the well-being poetry?

Oops. Got ahead of myself. Um...I canít say Social Media has done much for the well-being of my own poetry. Its only recently that people have begun to pay some kind of attention to my words. But I see a great deal of poets ďmaking itĒ due to the influence of social media, so Iíll keep trying.
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Who is/are your greatest poetic inspiration/s?

Sopor Aeternus is my greatest influence as a poet. I know she is a musician, but I find myself drawn to her. As far as other poets, I would have to say, Edgar Allan Poe, Algernon Charles Swinburne Charles Baudelaire and Emily Dickinson are at the top of my list.
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What inspires you personally to write? How important is the accessibility of meaning?

It is beyond important for me to write. Someone much wiser than I once told me art is a ďSurvival Strategy.Ē I believe that with every fiber of my being. I write to survive. As far as meaning goes, the poems only mean anything to me as I am writing them: I tend to forget what my poems are about once I have posted the words. And I like it that way. Because then readers can take their own meaning from what I have written and I think that makes it a richer experience for both of us.
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Should one have to work hard to solve the poem?

They say one should read a poem a minimum of three times in order to grasp its full ďmeaning.Ē The poem Iíve read the most is Swinburneís ďA Forsaken Garden.Ē I understand it fully now, but I keep reading it because, like any good art, I can always take something different away with each visit. So, my answer to that question, I suppose would be a yes and a no. It depends all on how invested the composer and the reader are invested in the piece.
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Why do you recommend Deep Underground Poetry?

I recommend it because it is the perfect poetry community. Everybody there is so friendly and has nothing but supportive words for one another. I have never had a problem with it, and I have met some extremely kind people. Particularly a reader under the name MysteriousLady. She reads practically everything I have put out, so I just want to take this answer as a little opportunity to nod in her direction.

https://www.facebook.com/DUpoetry/posts/10157512606753665

https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/poets/MartenHoyle/
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