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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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Group Rules

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!

:salute: RULES: :salute:

: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!


A Monster Calls- The Winners

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 2, 2015, 2:54 PM

It is with shaking hands I bring you this news, as the fright has not yet worn off...

I thank everyone who entered and congratulate you all on some damn spooky writing.

And now to the winners

1st place

Merciless NatureDisclaimer: This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to anyone, living or dead, is purely coincidental. The author owns exclusive rights to this work.
I stand alone. In the field of grass high enough to tickle my bark three feet above the ground, I stand and I wait. It doesn't take long – it never does. My knotted branches fascinate them, and they come ever closer. If they're in large groups, I simply wait and do nothing. Too many, too fast, and they'll notice. They'll know what I am, and I have no defense against fire or blade.
So I wait, until it's only one or two that come. And then – then I smile inside as they spread out a blanket beneath my branches and set out their baskets with food and drink. I let them sup, having learned long ago that they're far easier to kill when they're full and lazily drifting to sleep with the warmth of the afternoon sun. That's when I strike.
Few notice that darkness is closing in on them as my branches bl

by :iconroguemudblood:  RogueMudblood

2nd place

I have teeth, I have claws, and powerful jaws,
I crawl and I crouch and I creep.
I scare as a token, so don’t pass by the notion
That I’ll gnaw at your brain while you sleep.
With my eyes and my ears I’ll be in your fears,
In your dreams, in your life, in your death.
I’m skeletal bones living alone;
I’ll eat you with my every last breath.
With spikes on my toes and a stomach that groans
I’m the one little thing you should fear.
And though you don’t show it, I know that you know it
Every time I come creep-crawling near.

by :iconmagicaljoey   MagicalJoey

and I decided to award two honorable mentions!   :skull:

Monsters inside usMonsters inside us
No one knows what lurks in the shadows of the darkest night, in the darkest hole or in the darkest cave that exists to the face of the Earth ... or is there another place where we can find the most heinous being?
What place is this that we feared to find? There are many who think that location can be in Hell where lies the most evil Being ... or is it?
The most frightening place where we can find the most heinous being is ... in ourselves, in our intimate and in our soul.
Lies a beast so hideous that gets worse than the devil, which is able to scare the unsuspecting souls.
When we sleep our inner monster emerges to take its reign of terror, through our worst nightmares, butchering the innocent souls of the poor of spirit, this Monster that lurks in our soul black as night.
Is not a monster that we imagine it to be, yes has demonic red eyes and looks just like us but darker, that lurks in our inner being, waiting for the right time.
This monster, this alter-ego
The unexpected return of a lost ship and its skipper
Everyone in the city limits of Perth, Australia, was certain that the ship had been lost, sank, in the storm The storm was worse than ones in previous years. So it had hit the ship when the ship was miles away from the shore and away from hopes of rescue.  That year, the skipper, Matthew Carlyle, 26, a resident, had planned to wed his fiancée, Edna Walston, 22. Then, Edna heard about the storm. Her heart sank like the ship. She was certain that all aboard were lost and dead.
Edna’s mother and father did their best to console Edna. They suggested that she try to find a new boyfriend and marry him instead. Edna was at first reluctant, because she and Matthew had exchanged vows even ahead of their planned wedding. At last, she conceded and looked for a new love. Edna began with their childhood friends, due to familiarity. Many boys she and Matthew knew were very willing. Edna was a standa

by :iconblackwitch31:  Blackwitch31              and :iconmichel-le-fou:   Michel-le-fou

I hope you all had a safe and happy Halloween.


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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)

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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AcidBlossom Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Student Writer
I tried submitting something to the Free + Blank II folder but it won't let me.  Is it, like, full or something?
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SmexyLeviLover Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i can't see the "contribute" button for the free + blank verse. Is the folder open to members?
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Pyrayo Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Student General Artist
Ahem. I'm not much of a poet, however, I do have a few pieces that I wish to submit. Simultaneously, I'm not fully aware where the poem(s) should be submitted given I don't concentrate heavily on the idea of poetry itself. In essence, my knowledge is minimal. I would not know whether it is free or blank verse, traditional, fixed, etc.………

These three are examples and/or the ones I wish to submit, but don't know their appropriate/designated folder(s).
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ParalyticProcess Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I accidentally submitted "Trismus" into "fixed form" when I meant to submit it into "free verse." I'm stil getting used to the new controls here on DA!

Thank you!
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RandomArt-Jyotsna Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Professional General Artist
Hi there! 
I'm an artist and Illustrator from India.
I do a lot of graphic design work, and if any of you awesome writers would ever need a cover designed for a book/novel/journal/ or any character sketches to go with you stories or any illustration for stories or poems or prose, note me and I'd love to be commissioned by you and help you with the same.
Check out my work at 
Thanks and Regards

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