|Article 9 - for Poetry Review Vol. 88 No. 1 Spring 1998|
When I reviewed the Literature Online site at http://lion.chadwyck.co.uk/ in the last Poetry Review, there wasn't anything available unless you paid up. They've now added some worthwhile free resources, including a searchable database of 1000 love poems, and a lively masterclass, workshop and discussion group run by Matthew Sweeney which are well worth a visit.
CompuServe is another institution that's offering limited free access. They've provided Web access to many of their forums, including the Poetry Forum atand non-members can access some of the sections to find out what goes on there. I have to declare an interest here, since they've just made me one of the senior sysops of the place, but I reckon it's still the best place on-line for poetry discussions and workshops. Opinions vary whether the limited access to non-members is sufficient to be interesting rather than frustrating, but it's probably worth a look.
A light-hearted, but beautifully presented site is Claire Schaeffer's Wocky Jivvy. Navigate to http://www.wockyjivvy.com/ for an archive of some famous poems, given an added twist with some off-beat graphics. Great fun. Also check out Claire's monthly poetry quiz, and her increasingly desperate attempts not to be selected as an NLP semifinalist.
is a site without a title. What it does have are some extremely useful essays and lessons on poetry, and links to other sites with similar stuff. If you're teaching or studying poetry, it's a must.
BigBear Publications is a relatively small Small Press outfit. Its relatively small site atis currently excited about the imminent release of its latest publication: a collection of poems by Steve Anderson about Mother Shipton. There are enough examples of the work to let you know if you want to fork out for it.
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