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Thank You, Writing 201 Poets!

The course might have reached its end, but writing never stops.

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We met at the end of the party
When all the drinks were dead
And all the glasses dirty:
‘Have this that’s left’, you said.

— Philip Larkin, We Met at the End of the Party

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Two weeks later, Writing 201: Poetry has reached its glorious end. It was a blast.

I wanted to thank all of you who shared their writing, gave valuable feedback to others, and engaged in lively discussions in the Commons and on your own sites. You’re living proof of the great things that can happen when ~1,500 poets from more than 40 countries come together.

Our Commons site will stay open for another week to give you a chance to connect with more fellow poets and, if you’re interested, to make plans for future collaborations (if you do end up starting an e-zine, a poetry group, a reading club, or anything else, really — let us know! We’d love to hear about it). After a week, the site will switch to archive mode: you can still visit it, but you won’t be able to write new posts or comments.

Don’t be a stranger once the course is over — The Daily Post offers many resources that poets will find useful, from blogging events listings that might be of interest, to posts on the craft of writing and inspiration.

I’m guessing you’ve added a whole bunch of poets’ blogs to follow in the past couple of weeks. Still, more poetry is always around the corner here at WordPress.com: just look up poetry-related tags in the Reader. While the poetry tag will give you enough verse to last several lifetimes, there are some real treasures to be uncovered in “smaller” tags, like found poetry, sonnet, or elegy.

Here’s to the written word, especially the superfluous one. Here’s to the ancient Greeks and their hard-but-so-much-fun-to-pronounce literary terms. Here’s to poetry. Here’s to you.

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  1. If anyone wants to get in contact with me for poetry stuff. My blog is bladeslife.wordpress.com and my twitter is listed on my blog page as well. It was a fun class!

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  2. Thank you, Ben (and co-editors), for a carefully researched and truly challenging course! And thank you to all classmates who participated 😉 The course had just one big minus: no task for the last weekend! I think I already need a rehab…

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  3. It has been a blast, except for the sonnet! I knew iambic pentameter would work its way in somehow. Your comprehensive guides made it a pleasure to try each assignment and I relearned a lot of things! Thanks for your hard work and humour!

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