November 02, 2005

The Poetry Carnival is here!

Welcome, one and all, to the 6th Poetry Carnival!

Ars Poetica: A poem or verse which sets forth a poet’s principles for the art of poetry. Horace wrote the original Ars Poetica somewhere between 18 and 20 B.C. It reads like a thesis on the art of poetry – its purpose, its form, its intent.

Later, Archibald MacLiesh and Czeslaw Milosz were both inspired by Horace to craft their own verses with the borrowed title “Ars Poetica”, MacLiesh’s version can be read here.

This Carnival’s challenge is to create your own Ars Poetica. Dabble in art for art’s sake. What is your personal rulebook for the function, craft, form or purpose of a poem--or are there rules? What motivates you, a poet? What you seek to accomplish each time you set pen to paper (or fingertip to keyboard, as it may be)? What is a poem? What mustn’t it be? All mediums and formats welcome -- after all, you're the poet.

Submissions due by November 12 (next Saturday) at noon. They should be submitted to, or via the "email" button at the bottom of this post, and should include the following:

Your Name (or pseudonym):
Title of Blog:
URL of Blog:
Title of Poem:
Permalink URL of the Poem:
Excerpt to showcase:

To join the Poetry Carnival google group, go here and sign up. Or, click on the title, above, to link to danweasel's Poetry Carnival page. All are welcome!

Looking forward to your submissions... the carnival will be up Monday, November 14.


Erin Monahan said...

ooh! This looks like fun... INTELLIGENT fun!

Now I have to go get to work!

Trebuchet said...

Yes! And tell everyone you know -- write away!

Erin Monahan said...

Haha, it's also harder than it looks!

Oh, I don't know if you saw, but you're up next (thanks to me) with the "first line giveaway" at poetisphere :)

Erin Monahan said...

Argh, I'm such an idiot that I just hit 'reply' on the last email I got from you and sent my submission to the whole group... twice!

I'm glad I can laugh at myself. Let me know if you want me to mail it directly to you too.

garnet david said...

I'd love to join. How do you decide who hosts? If you're looking for someone next month let me know. I'm new to this, so I'm still learning. I submitted a poem last month, but that was all. Now I see it's a regular thing.

Trebuchet said...

Hosting is on a volunteer-basis -- so if you want to, I'm sure you could be "it"! Join the Google group and offer on the forum and the host will be in touch to get you the details. Are you submitting this time 'round? You'd better, as Legwarmers regular, practically! :)

I'll watch for your entry -- glad you're participating!

garnet david said...

trebuchet, I sent you a poem via email. I hope you got it.

Yes, I'd like to do the next poetry carnival. I'll come up with a theme.

Daniel Barkowitz said...

My version, "Ours, Poetica" is in the email to you as well. A hard one this month, but very worthwhile!

M. said...

This sounds like a great idea. I hope it went well.
Horace is available to be listened to read aloud in Latin, if you're interested on