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:spotlight-left: :icontoon3h: :spotlight-right:


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Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley:heart:


Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.
~Marianne Moore

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This Group is dedicated to all kinds of poetry.
But please follow the rules. They are here to protect the group and ensure that we all get along.
Thank you!

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:bulletred: Poetry only!
:bulletred: Mature content is fine as long as it has the appropriate filter on it. Otherwise, it will be removed from the group and we will send a note to the author.
:bulletred: You can submit poetry by yourself, or suggest the work of other deviants. But never attempt to claim someone else's work as your own!
:bulletred: You will only be allowed to submit three deviations per week.
:bulletred: Membership is for everyone! So, invite, invite, invite! The more the merrier! =)
:bulletred: The "Featured" folder is for contest winners and those works we think deserve special recognition only! No exceptions.
:bulletred: The other folders can be submitted to freely.
:bulletred: There will be folders created specially for prompts and contests.


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Please, respect the rules and have fun!

Now, get writing and submitting!


I am uploading the next member of the month a bit early, since I will be busy with exams and class work for the university. I do hope nobody is upset with me uploading it two days early. I'm afraid if I don't upload it early then it won't be uploaded until a month after. I do not wish for this to happen.

Welcome to April's Edition of Member of the Month! I'm your host Gingersanps, and I am happy to present April's Member of the Month! I would love to introduce Toon3h. She is one of the active members of the group, and it would be an awesome idea to get her works out there to the whole group.

Nine1. I took you for granted
    when I knew no more of Shakespeare
    than Romeo and Juliet.
    I was a fool and you were a liar,
    but we wore it like love.
2. You are a pretty face
    that appears every two years
    to trace the waistline of my jeans,
    whisper that you still think I am "The One,"
    and say you will survive without me.
    We did not love each other,
    but there was always something so honest
    about the way we both failed Chemistry in high school
    when that's all we ever had.
3. I have not seen or heard from you
    since the day you asked about my broken headlight.
    You were trying to make conversation because
    I refused to sit in your lap while we waited
    for someone to divorce my name from your phone bill.
    I told you about being blinded by the morning
Object(ified) PermanenceI'd rather wear bruises on my neck
than panic pinned to my chest,
where it can prick me at will
(and it will, it will)
to draw practiced calm
from my veins;
there's a reason I don't
donate what little sanity
I've held onto,
butterflies jarred by
my sick need to
be on the other end
of the needle,
always dissecting,
never again being
pressed into glass
like the girl who learned
to rely on the pain—
who found pleasure in
having her wings plucked apart
and her organs organized
until she met the sweet suffocation of resin
that decorates hopeless devotees.
She's over there on the shelf,
where he refers to her as "still life"
as though there is still life
in her loyalty.
(There's no pain I can't endure
with teeth inches from my pulse,
threatening the existence I lost.)
Untitledhere you are,
holding weight in words
that won't wait for me;
how was I to know
the first night you said you loved me,
you were saying goodbye.
you sent the deadbolt home in the name of self-reliance,
but I never once doubted your desire to see me fight.
I spent four months with my hand on the handle,
talking through a door adorned with struggles of my own:
rivers carved in wood with chewed nails
after I promised you I could adjust;
I kept the word "affirmations" on my tongue
until chameleon-colored survival kept my word.
eventually, I stopped scratching at the door
and curled up beside it, because at least you were there;
(sometimes) (when you wanted to be)
I convinced myself that was enough for me.
but when someone else saw my trembling hand
and steadied it, you peeked from behind the curtain.
now the door's cracked and I'm not where I should be,
so you convince yourself that I'm untrue;
I can't possibly love you, it must have been a ruse!
tell me again how I made a fool of you.


Hello Toon3h! Tell us a little about yourself.

I'm twenty-two years old and I live in New Orleans, Louisiana. When I was a kid, I was set on becoming a comic artist. I still like to doodle and paint every once in a while, but the power of words affected me more than I could have ever expected. They give life to emotion in a way that I never could convey through other mediums. I'm about to graduate from college and I hope to start teaching English by next year.

When did you start to write?

I started writing when I was thirteen years old. I keep all of my poetry since then in a folder on my desktop. I find it inspiring to look back and observe how much my style has changed in the past nine years.

What are three of your favorite pieces (from your own gallery)?

Three of my favorite pieces are "Commitment," "Quelled," and "[When you're depressed,]". Each of them tackles the subject of coping, a very important part of emotional maintenance. "Commitment," for example, details my attempt to abstain from cheating on a lover with my muse. I cried while writing the eighth stanza because it was the exact moment in which I realized that I could never be happy with someone who couldn't understand that part of me.

What makes poetry such a fascinating genre for you to write?

Poetry allows so much freedom; I can spend days stringing and re-stringing words together until I feel everything falls perfectly into place, or I can write stream of consciousness as each thought hits me. I feel like each individual molds poetry into something to suit his or her own needs. In my case, I use it to gain personal insight.

Finally, what advice do you have for beginner poetry writers (like me!)?

Don't ever censor yourself. Your writing may have been inspired by an assignment or a contest, but you should always write for yourself first. If you have a thought-- even if it's only one line or an adjective that grabs you in passing-- write it down. Record audio notes on your phone. Do whatever you can to keep that resource handy for when the mood strikes you. Just because it's not in full bloom yet doesn't mean it won't grow.

Thank you Toon3h for the wonderful opportunity to interview you. Keep being active and keep up the good work. I'm your host Gingersanps, and I'll be back next month with another Member of the Month.

Keep up writing! :salute:
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A poem begins with a lump in the throat.
~Robert Frost

:bulletred: Editor in Chief:

Hi guys! My name is Mo. I am 23. I have been a member of dA for 5 years, and a writer for 10 years. This is my first Founder position, but I was Co-founder of Poets-and-Warriors at the birth of the group (check them out, they are friends!). My other passions include psychology, movies, sit-coms and books. I am a happy wife and mother of a perfect 1 year old boy. Poetry was my first love and I can't wait to see what this group can become!

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(Head of Critique Department)
Shehroze Ameen; 21 years old (Aries, 13 April 1991); student, Ata-Ur-Rehman School of Applied Biosciences (BS Applied Biosciences); writer by hobby, though a discontinuous reading of English literature, with minor exceptions among Urdu literature, has a significant influence in his critical analysis of works - usually snobby and, slightly moronic, but a fun loving person with a sincere devotion towards the task at hand; friends with *NotenSMSK since the third grade; no future plans; cynic; and an avid listener.

(Critic and Staff Blogger)
I'm prettyflour- woman, mother, artist and DA junkie. I have constant love affairs with various art forms. Whether it be writing poetry, stories, taking pictures or drawing, it is all passion sprouting from my fingertips.

(Honorary Editor, Former Founder)
I live in a small town in Southern Michigan and am still only a high school student. But I try to find the time to write; which is my true passion. I try to be outgoing, so if you have a question, feel free to ask! I'm 18 and currently focusing my attention into Basic Design and getting ready for college and what not. If you want to know more, feel free to ask. (:

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(Member DD and DLD Watch)
Hey everyone, I'm Jasmine a 20 year old English girl. I'm a poet (and insanely jealous of visual artists) who is currently studying BioSciences at Uni. I'm also a bit of a nerd - I love videogames, anything science related and various other things. If you want to know more, just note me, I promise I'll answer!

(Member of The Month)
Law student, internet addict and experimental non-rhyming poetry writer. In charge of the monthly member feature. Question? Come at me; I'll answer best I can.

(Affiliate/Community Update)
Hi, everyone!
I'm a college student in the U.S. studying marine biology, but I have a keen interest in the arts. I enjoy visual artwork, music, and theater, as well as prose and poetry. I love to read, especially fantasy and science fiction. My creative writing abilities are primarily self-developed and informed by my love of literature. On deviantART, I follow and contribute to a number of literature groups and am eager to share my findings!

:bulletred: Staff Critics:

Age and sexual preferences aside, I am a writer of long standing, principally a poet but preferably a fiction writer. My current endeavors are horror/suspense and science fiction, as I enjoy reading them and have read them since my schooldays. Favorite authors are Lovecraft and Howard, Jules Verne and HG Wells respectively. I read the Mythos in USA a long time ago. I am fair at graphic art too.
Graduated in BA in Literature in USA in 1980 and went abroad.
I believe that the best critics of literature are writes, as Matthew Arnold and Percy Shelley critiqued others. My policy is fairness and openness.

Name: NotenSMSK or perhaps SMSK
Age: 20
Occupation: Student
Hobbies: Writing, debating, reading, playing sports, sleeping.
Hello I am NotenSMSK preferably SMSK, a student from Pakistan who has a keen interest in writing. I write to improve as well as promote. I am working on a book at the moment, despite final year at university. I like helping people with critiques/comments but if a person gets unreasonably rude with me, I might respond in a similar manner. Otherwise, I prefer being polite :)

I'm fernknits -- wife, mother, knitter, quilter, spinner, poet, lover of cats. I have been writing poetry for most of my life and have recently come back from a long hiatus. I believe in giving supportive, honest feedback as part of being a responsible and active community member.

Name: Muhammad Danyal Ajaz Saleem
DOB: 21st Oct 1992
Art forms practiced: Poetry (English, Urdu), Prose (English, Urdu)
Personality Outlined: Sociable, anti-social-ish, kind of melancholic but not sad, committed as a friend but awkward around new people, limited comfort zone and a slightly bipolar temper. Also has been told he has the moral fortitude of a 17th century count and the mental age of a 40 year old.
Outlook on literature: must come form the heart, must be acceptably phrased, anyone can be a writer as long as they have something to say and pay attention to HOW they say it.


Hi, I'm A.J. Miller. I prefer Daft Punk to Adele any day. I game, very casually. I love poetry and tea and chocolate on the days my stomach doesn't hate me. My stomach is a Dalek Emperor. You don't anger the Dalek Emperor. Got music? Share it with meeeeeee. I have a pathological need to find more music all the time. I love pallas cats.
I am very intelligent and very lazy. We are trying to resolve some unknown emotional issues that cause sudden bouts of badassery interspersed with long expanses of mediocrity. I collect weird, fascinating, broken people.

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Malintra-Shadowmoon 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, how beautiful. I cannot say other. What a gorgeous starlit background :wow:
ianderickson Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I just submitted a sestina called The Question. I really hope you enjoy it!
2snails1shell Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
We just submitted two poems: 'Dearest Love of Mine' and 'Flaxen Buzz'. We hope you enjoy them. Thanks for starting such a great group! :D Kirk & Kiki :D
fableweaver55 Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much for accepting me in your group!
Exerxes Mar 16, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for accepting :heart:
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