|Article 10 - for Poetry Review Vol. 88 No. 2 Summer 1998|
Did anyone spot the Internet reference in "Moorings" from Ruth Padel's new collection? "It's a website of alien muscles/Losing their hair-trigger touch on a soul/Blowing Christ knows where." Rather good, I thought. But I digress.
I've mentioned cyber-poet Douglas Clark here previously, but not his on-line journal Lynx at 1 devoted largely to well-written critical articles on poetry. At the time of writing there's Tim Love on Allusions, and Ann Skea on Fred Beake on Sylvia Plath, amongst others. He also has enviable short collections of poems, including ones by William Oxley, and the excellent Dorothy Nimmo.
There are more good discussions, resources and links at Bonfire atthough the emphasis here is more on help for writers. There's an article on proof-reading for instance, and a link to a large list of on-line dictionaries.
If your appetite for discussion still isn't sated you could join the British poetry email list. It's an open list at the moment, so anyone can join, and email their ideas, queries, and suggestions. Any email posted in this way is automatically distributed to every subscriber. Details from 2.
If your own poetry site isn't getting enough hits, then you might want to exchange links with others by joining The Poetry Site Swap at, though I'm slightly wary of the dating-agency atmosphere of the place.
Another way to hear about sites is to put a form on your own inviting surfers to submit URLs. People love filling in those forms. You get a lot of dross, but a few gems too. One that came my way was Peter Nicholson's site at http://peternicholson.byteserve.com.au/3. Nicholson is a seriously good Australian poet, with an interesting site, though you do have to search hard for the poems.
I'm always keen to hear of good sites to mention here. Send any you find to ...
Copyright © Peter Howard 1998-2004
2The British poetry email list has now disappeared.
3The poems are much easier to find now.