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1st October 12:55pm
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Poet of the Week: Wanderer_Mahmud
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Our next Poet of the Week catch up is with Wanderer_Mahmud.

Why did you choose Deep Underground Poetry?

Well, it's more like DUP chose me. I started writing lyrics a while back. I posted on my facebook wall for a while but didn't get much response or advice. So, I started looking for some friendly websites and found DUP. I wasn't very regular here at first. But, after finding some amazing poets I really fell in love. DUP is really different from anything I have seen before & helped me immensely to learn. Thanks to all the amazing writers here.
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Do you think social media contributes to the well-being poetry?

It kinda does I would say. It depends on many variables to be honest. Social media is a place where many types of people gather. Most of them can't even appreciate a good poem. It's as if people just pick something of their level. It's tough to get recognition with good skills alone. You need luck to become popular. Of course, you need a few social media accounts to connect with your actual well-wishers and get some reach. But, don't hope to get much out of social media. Also, I wouldn't consider DUP to be a social media. It's much better than any social media I have seen.
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Who is/are your greatest poetic inspiration/s?

Michael Madhusudan Dutt, Jashim Uddin & Rabindranath Tagore from my own mother tongue. I haven't read many Books in English. But, I'm hugely inspired by a few metal lyricists. Also, Hunterapsych, Crimsin, FromTheAsh, Hepcat61, LilDragonFly, Thedeadinme from DUP. And, most of all, Jade-Pandora.
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What inspires you personally to write? How important is the accessibility of meaning?

That's tough to say. It can be anything. Even a speck of dust or drop of water can inspire me to write. It's as if something inside me just pours out all the thoughts & I keep on trying to give it a meaning.
Does it really matter? As long as it's beautiful it will live on forever.
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Should one have to work hard to solve the poem?

Yes.
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Why do you recommend Deep Underground Poetry?

Is that even a question? DUP embodies the true meaning of community & helping each other to grow. DUP is something that helps you in your darkest days. That's enough reason in my eyes.

https://www.facebook.com/DUpoetry/posts/10157251228593665

https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/poets/Wanderer_Mahmud/
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14th August 5:39pm
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Podcast Group
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Many of you already know about The Poetcast Project who put together our official Deep Underground podcasts... well now they have a group!

This will be your source of all things Poetcast; the place to give feedback and suggestions, and find out more about how to get involved...

https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/groups/the-poetcast-project/discussion/
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31st July 10:09am
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Poet of the Week: Orc_Pirate_68
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Our next Poet of the Week catch up is with Orc_Pirate_68.

Why did you choose Deep Underground Poetry?

I was going through a bit of a dark, sinister mood (which I do on ocassion to relieve anger at personal situations and society, in a sort of cathartic way), listening to hard rock, heavy/Trash/Nu/Death/Black Metal, Cyber-Metal, Industrial, Trance, House, Big Room, Dark Synthwave, and Horror music, and reading dark quotes, and I decided to go looking for dark poetry where I found some on DeepUnderground and well...here I am!
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Do you think social media contributes to the well-being of poetry?

Yes, it helps get more poetry out to the world though posts and links to posts, as well as helping to get more topics out in the open and discussed.
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Who is/are your greatest poetic inspiration/s?

(Some of them may not be poets or not entirely, but their writing styles really resonate with me.)
Edgar Allan Poe, Upton Sinclair, Scott Cunningham (his spiritual and magickal beliefs, and the way he writes to where you don't need prior knowledge from previous books to read sequels), Ray Bradbury, Agatha Christie, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Earnest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jim Davis (Garfield never creases to brighten my day with laughter, and I have always loved jokes, puns, and the like), Debbie Macomber, etc....
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What inspires you personally to write? How important is the accessibility of meaning?

What inspires me, is those I love and care for such as Brad Dourif, my family (including my cats and dogs) and my friends, my Pagan faith, things I have a fondness for such as but not limited to: Nature, Figuring out who I am and my place in this world, Pirates, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Sci-Fi Fantasy, Steampunk, lore and legends, ancient religions and history, rhymes, jokes, puns, riddles, wordplay, Cyber-Goth, video games, tabletop games, music, art, antiques, architecture and so on, personal experiences, and my emotional responses to said experiences.
The accessibility of meaning? Well, if you write what you feel, write what you want, it doesn't matter if people understand what it's supposed to be about, if you want to explain the meaning, that's up to you. The accessibility of meaning only really counts in academic/science/mathematical/business/self-help/etc books/writings (and even then, can still be interpreted vastly different, or even just a little bit differently).
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Should one have to work hard to solve the poem?

Depends on the writer, the work they are writing, and the reader, and can be a case by case basis if the writer and/or reader so chooses.
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Why do you recommend Deep Underground Poetry?
It is a wonderful, friendly, nurturing, inspiring, interesting, fun place to share your work, critique and/or complement others' work and vise versa, to chat and learn about literature, literature techniques, and about other members and the way they write and think, and have some friendly competition. The feeling of pride at winning a competition (even though the initial goal is to just have fun, winning is a bonus) is a very positive experience that I have found helps motivate me to continue to write.

https://www.facebook.com/DUpoetry/posts/10157145660443665

https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/poets/Orc_Pirate_68/
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17th July 5:26pm
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Poet of the Week: FeNyX
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Our next Poet of the Week catch up is with FeNyX.

Why did you choose Deep Underground Poetry?

I was part of a site that recently closed and was a big part of my creativity as a poet. It was like a family and it ended. Yes, you keep in touch with people but it's not the same. I joined a few sites and tried them out. Most I didn't last more than a few days. For many reasons, format options, social presence lack of interaction etc ... DUP was a standout. On here I feel more comfortable and more like my old site than anywhere else. That's is a big plus for me. Feeling comfortable in your creative surroundings is important to me and already I've found people here that are terrific and fast becoming like a second or third? ... family ...
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Do you think social media contributes to the well-being poetry?

Yes and no ... am also on Twitter and Facebook with a page there. The exposure is great if you can reach people, but Twitter is limited in characters as we all know and a traditional poetry format is often passed for what I found out is called micropoetry. Which I see as basically fitting your poem into Twitters small frame. I prefer an open format with limitless possibilities. Sites like DUP that offer more creative choices for the writer or artist to experiment and use is a really important aspect that social media doesn't always allow. So yes for exposure and spreading poetry in general, but not so positive for available formats ... More having to fit your creativity into the internet's boxes. I see more poets using the visual poem to attract more attention and to cater to other pic sites like Instagram etc ... so changing what most would consider traditional poetry into something new ... not a bad thing just different.
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Who is/are your greatest poetic inspiration/s?

This is a dreaded Question actually and I will try to be true to a promise I made. The poet I revere most is the aforementioned site owner of my former group site. A most lovely poetess with a unique perspective. It took me time to fully understand it, but I learned all I know about Poem presentation on the internet from her. Including the use of pictures and music to compliment.

Forgive me for not naming her, but I did promise ...

Going back to the beginning decades ago I just started writing about 11 years old or so. Rhyming stanzas and playing with words. Then I decided I wanted to be a rockstar and lyrics took over, but then my first girlfriend and poems again. Notebooks full and some lyrics too. So classic rock and also Shakespeare got me started and love of course ...
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What inspires you personally to write? How important is the accessibility of meaning?

Experiences. The moments that make up our lives. The ones that stick with you, the fleeting ones before they fade or are remembered. Watching a movie, reading a book. Researching an historical event. Talking to my son or daughter. Politics ... anything really. I never know what will flow. I just commented to a fellow poet here how I often start to write one thing and it changes as the letters appear even.
Also a lot of my stories, all really, on here are from dreams. Some poems too and when I write those to me it's just doing justice to the things I've seen or experienced in those dreams. Not all are full blown stories and I put work into those ... a lot sometimes, others just flow like magik and those are the ones that I tend to like the best, but feel funny taking full credit for. Those I feel just the scrivener not the sole author. lol ... I know, but how I feel and feel blessed to garner likes and positive comments for all ...
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Should one have to work hard to solve the poem?

Sigh ... I know many times I come across a writer working on a piece ... poem, story, project and they are killing themselves over the word choice and count and line alignment etc ... I rarely bother myself with those. I think because I saw myself as a lyricist first and a writer second for so long and in lyrics "ooh" is a valid lyrical device. I wrote a poem yesterday with no thought to rhyming or flow or anything except the idea I had in my head and found it complete. I am no word guru or great writer, I just go with whatever is flowing and try not to get in it's way. I do try to get in a certain place to achieve those moments which I found more important than anything else. The right environment and mindset to me have become paramount to write anything of substance. Once there then things just happen and I go along for the ride mainly. Rarely do I right a complex coded piece, I can, but I feel poetry like all writing is a form of communication. When Communicating you do so in away your audience can understand. Shakespeare lived around 1600 and they talked funny then didn't they? I also have an issue with vocabulary as I was teased in school that I knew the entire dictionary and no ... I DO NOT, and especially hit home since I've been reading the beautiful people on DUP. I really think and talk the way I write pretty much and try to deliberately. If you can understand my speech then you can understand my writing. I may not appeal to everyone, but my work usually appeals to me. To an artist that should be the first priority, do you like it? and to hell with everyone else.
Should it be hard to decipher? As hard as the poet wishes it to be ...
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Why do you recommend Deep Underground Poetry?

The environment and format. Everyone can see your poems and you can also see specific types, with interesting groups and even competitions. Honest critique to hone your poetic voices and helpful suggestions to expand one's view and skills of just about anything that is written about. There are some awesome talented people on here that when reading you just melt into their words and take that journey with them. Experts on form and technical aspects, pretty much anything you might be looking for, including spoken word, you can probably find it here, along with a great group of people to share your writing journey with and encourage you along the way ...

https://www.facebook.com/DUpoetry/posts/10157120208818665

https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/poets/FeNyX/
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22nd June 11:21am
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Poet of the Week: SimpleTon
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Our next Poet of the Week catch up is with SimpleTon.

Why did you choose Deep Underground Poetry?

It was welcoming, easy to use and provided me an opportunity to write with confidence. It was a platform that could allow me to improve my skills and make contact with other writers.
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Do you think social media contributes to the well-being poetry?

Overall yes as it allows poets to gain exposure. It brings poetry to the masses and encourages new writers.
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Who is/are your greatest poetic inspiration/s?

My mother, grandmother and pets. For writers Orwell, Blake, Dickens, Kafka and Flannery O'connor.
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What inspires you personally to write?

I think it is healing and relaxing. I can explore my interests in horror, history and true crime. It is fun and humourous in our serious world.
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How important is the accessibility of meaning?

It depends on the reader and what they want from the experience.
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Should one have to work hard to solve the poem?

No because personally I do not like riddles. If I did I would complete a crossword not write
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Why do you recommend Deep Underground Poetry?

You meet other writers and readers across the world. There are groups and feedback to help you improve your craft.

https://www.facebook.com/DUpoetry/posts/10157108885458665

https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/poets/SimpleTon/
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8th June 8:56pm
admin DU Webmistress

Poet of the Week: Sky_dancer
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Our next Poet of the Week catch up is with Sky_dancer.

Why did you choose Deep Underground Poetry?

It chose me. I was floating around in the universe with no home and it called to me from under a small tear through the rip of space-time. I tried to run but its tractor beam pulled me in (and I was promised a Rich Tea biscuit and a cup of Earl Grey).
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Do you think social media contributes to the well-being poetry?

I don't understand the question. Every time I read this question I try to reword it and figure out exactly what it means. Does poetry have a well-being? Is DUP a social media platform? If so yes, if we're talking about another medium, like twitter or facebook I don't know. Let's go with yes. Yes, social media contributes to the well-being [of] poetry. And no. It's not something I can participate in. I find social media to be a political soapbox. It's a sheeple pen. Run away!
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Who is/are your greatest poetic inspiration/s?

AspergerPoet56, Jade-Pandora, Ahvati, goldenmyst, Tallen, SweetOblivion, runaway-mindtrain, ReggiePoet, Ragnar, Josh, Miss_Sub, Hepcat61, yelluw_always, 24601, cold_fusion, crimsin, cabcool, thedeadinme, MonicaT, crowfly, theEgoEffect, Rex Durkin. Honestly, these guys have moulded me from when I first came here 'til now and continue to do so. I know I've probably missed someone really important too. Sorry if it's you. PM me and I'll give you some cyber sex.
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What inspires you personally to write? How important is the accessibility of meaning?

What inspires me to write is something I cannot put into words, but I'll have a go and fall drastically short thereof. It's something outside of myself, but intimately bound with my core. It's a universal voice that wants to use me as a mouthpiece, it's the ultimate nature of all phenomena which arises and manifests through me. That and my insatiable libido.

I personally frikkin LOVE abstract poetry. Even if I don't have a clue what's being said. I like esoteric, cryptic things, I enjoy the little wink, or the knowing look. I like being puzzled and confused by hidden meaning. I love gnosticism. It's much like painting. I really enjoy some modern art, like Emin, where the meaning of the piece has to be thought about, discussed, churned. That being said, I love a dirty limerick too!
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Should one have to work hard to solve the poem?

Yes.
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Why do you recommend Deep Underground Poetry?

I don't. Do I? Hmmm? Yeah, I do, I'm just yankin' yer chain! First and foremost the community. In Buddhism it's understood that sangha is just as important as Buddha and dharma because we need support to understand, become better at. In anything, really, it's a dependent-related process. They're my friends, and I love them with all my heart.


https://www.facebook.com/DUpoetry/posts/10157108854478665

https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/poets/Sky_dancer/
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6th April 10:18am
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Poet of the Week: A_Failed_Artist
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Our next Poet of the Week catch up is with A_Failed_Artist.

Why did you chose Deep Underground Poetry?

I chose DUP because of it's creative diversity. In the past, I've been on poetry sites that were very limited to what I could write. When I joined DUP, I was welcomed with open arms.
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Do you think social media contributes to the well-being poetry?

Yes. I strongly believe that poetry can be benefited from social media. Not many of us can say we'll become famous poets, but thanks to the internet, we can have our works read by people who share an interest in poetry.
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What inspires you personally to write? How important is the accessibility of meaning?

Most of my poems come to me when I'm alone. Ever since I was a kid, I've found that I am at my most creative when I'm isolated. I would be miserable if I didn't write.
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Should one have to work hard to solve them poem?

I don't necessarily believe you have to work hard to solve a poem. I do enjoy digging into a good work of art, but if it's not for said person, then it shouldn't be forced upon.
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Why do you recommend Deep Underground Poetry?

I recommend DUP because of the people. They will welcome you as soon as you post your first poem.

https://www.facebook.com/DUpoetry/posts/10157061676363665

https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/poets/A_Failed_Artist/
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Edited 31st March 9:31am
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Last day to sign up...
Today, March 31st, is the last day to sign up for our 2020 poetry month challenge. This event is also known as NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) or GloPoWriMo (Global Poetry Writing Month).

Everything kicks off tomorrow April 1st.

Participants will be tasked with writing a poem every day throughout April. 30 poems in 30 days. The perfect challenge for those struggling to fill their days on lock down.

With lots of others taking part, and a team of DU poetry members running proceedings, there will be plenty of support for everyone who chooses to take part.

Find out more (including how to sign up) here:

https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/poetry-writing-month/

If that's not enough to convince you, then check out my profile to find a (somewhat tongue-in-cheek) poem I wrote about NaPoWriMo. I know... DU Webmistress wrote a poem, WTF?!


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18th March 9:16am
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Poetry Writing Month is coming...
April is poetry writing month and at Deep Underground Poetry we do it big!

This year will be our 4th time taking part in NaPoWriMo; the challenge to write 30 poems in 30 days throughout April.

Every year, lots of DU Poetry members take part and support each other through the process. It's a great chance to push yourself and improve your writing skills.

You have two weeks left to sign up to take part...

https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/forum/speakeasy/read/11283/
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28th February 3:54pm
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Poet of the Week: cabcool
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Our next Poet of the Week catch up is with cabcool.

Why did you choose Deep Underground Poetry?

During one of my frequent online explorations in pursuit of new ideas, I happened upon DUP. Initially, I thought it was a porn site, especially because of the appellation, “deep underground.” As I read a sample of poems on the site, I concluded that DU was the kind of escape that could engage my mind, since I was already an avid poet.

Several months passed before I ventured (on 2014 February 27) my first poem, “amazing love.” Encouraged by flowergirl, who welcomed me to the site and gave me my first DU comment, I have not looked back since. Truly, DU chose me.
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Do you think social media contributes to the well-being poetry?

Yes, social media affords the budding and unpublished, as well as the experienced and forthright, poet a pregnant space for evolvement, emergence, and eminence.

Were it not for social media, many mute voices would remain a barricade to words that want to emancipate themselves from full and empty, pained and joyous, bountiful and hungry hearts. All words are well that end well on DU.
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Who is/are your greatest poetic inspiration/s?

Claude McKay, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, John Donne
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What inspires you personally to write? How important is the accessibility of meaning?

Changing circumstances compel me to express myself poetically. This includes the changing faces of love and fortune. The beauty of nature, with its endless manifestations of colour, shape, form, and wonder, also appeals to my most creative urges.

If linguistic complexity places a poem out of the reach of its reader, the author loses an audience. Poetry should be instructive as well as inspiring. If it fails to do either or both, it is not worth its paper or its space. There is another truth, however: he who would understand the secrets of the poet must learn the language of the bard.
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Should one have to work hard to solve the poem?

Yes and no. Yes, because seeing, some see not, nor do they understand. If their hearts do not attune to the ways of knowing, because of their distance from the common life, then let them remain ignorant. In addition, because a poet may write for specific audiences, choice of language can be a way of access control.

No, because poems that fail to communicate their meaning are words on thin air that blow away without a trace.
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Why do you recommend Deep Underground Poetry?

DUP is the site for those who want to learn and those who are able to teach; for those who seek emotional outlets for their written/spoken word and those who look for appeasement in an environment of common pain, common pleasure, and common growth.

https://www.facebook.com/DUpoetry/posts/10157061655568665

https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/poets/cabcool/
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5th February 12:17pm
admin DU Webmistress

Poet of the Week: David_Macleod
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Our first Poet of the Week catch up of 2020 is with David_Macleod.

Why did you choose Deep Underground Poetry?

I arrived at Deep underground purely by accident. I was on two other poetry sites as a contributor but I was always having to self-censor poems that didn't comply with their rules, like no cussing no extreme poems categories. I got a suggestion from another poet and a link to DU. Checked it out and it seemed it was my kind of place. I was not disappointed. The community feel and support were second to none.
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Do you think social media contributes to the well-being poetry?

I used to, but not anymore. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter all seem to be heading in a specific journey of sanitization. They are actually stifling free speech and expression. I have had 6 videos removed and many poems/rants. Two years ago this was not happening but there now seems to be a drive on to make everything PC. Sights like DU are the last bastions of free speech and expression, only these sites are contributing to the well being of poetry
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Who is/are your greatest poetic inspiration/s?

The poets on DU. They inspire me daily with their poems and comments. I am not a fan of the classics like Keats and Wordsworth. My inspiration happens in the here and now
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What inspires you personally to write? How important is the accessibility of meaning?

"Poetry without self does not create an emotional reaction, nor should it." [David Macleod 2018]
My history, my emotions, my humour, my relationships or my feelings on the world around me and humanity for good or bad. I mainly write direct poetry with a simple point or message. But I do like to be challenged with poetry that is ambiguous or wordy. I don't like poetic arrogance and pride.
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Should one have to work hard to solve the poem?

Some poems are challenging poems from Missy, Atomicbomb , shadoe and crimsin but I love to read them and take up the challenge to fully understand them, some times I fail. I think working hard on understanding a poem is vital if you want to improve your writing
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Why do you recommend Deep Underground Poetry?

Because it's the best poetry site on the internet. All poets and readers are welcome here. They are supported and making friends is easy. It has a real community feel and you can inspire and be inspired by many other poets. I have always encouraged other poets to join and remain. It's a great place to be.

https://www.facebook.com/DUpoetry/posts/10157030323773665

https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/poets/David_Macleod/
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Edited 28th January 11:50pm
admin DU Webmistress

Let's Pod!
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We're nearly a whole month into 2020 and I wanted to put a shout out to everyone who has been following our official DU podcast, put together by the awesome Poetcast Project team.

The podcast features interviews and poetry readings from members of this website.

I know a lot of people have been considering getting involved, which for many of us involves stepping outside of our comfort zone. Therefore, I thought I'd share my own experience of taking part, in this handy guide!

How to Pod with the Poetcast Project in 8 Easy Steps (by DU Webmistress)

Step 1: You get asked to take part in the podcast, or see a post asking for willing participants. Every fibre of your being says "no f**king way", but you politely say you'll think about it.
Step 2: Time passes and you think "how bad can it be?!". You agree to take part, after all, it's *ages* away.
Step 3: Realising the interview is only a few days away, you start s**tting yourself and thinking of outrageous scenarios to get out of it.
Step 4: The day arrives and with a stiff drink in hand, you take your seat, close your eyes and realise that it's time to 'pod'.
Step 5: You open your eyes and to your surprise nothing bad has happened. You hear a friendly voice asking you about your day.
Step 6: When you're ready, the 'record' button gets pushed, some questions get asked and within the blink of an eye it's all over.
Step 7: You're sent the interview to listen to pre-release. You ponder on how weird your voice sounds and then decide that the interview didn't actually go *too* badly.
Step 8: You eagerly await the release of the podcast and even consider doing it again... [optionally, return to step 1]

The Poetcast team are a really friendly bunch, and my advice to everyone thinking of taking part is... just do it!

Check out this page to get in touch with the team:
https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/podcasts/

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