Favourite poems / poets
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, is there any chance we can return to being able to store our favourite poems on our pages?
I feel I am missing SO many I would love to be able to access again. I used to have a great collection and then they all went down the drain of changing things.
Fav poets is perhaps more contentious. If people see you have fav poets they may think you only care for 'their' 🤨 🤨 work which is nonsense of course but nevertheless.
Perhaps this site should follow the example of ABC Tales where there is the option to "follow" another writer and be made aware of when they post etc.
I did google ABC Tales. It seems very similar to our community, at least in its purpose; and in some aspects (as above) it is easier to navigate, and in others not so. I also noticed some overlap in membership and submissions between the two sites.
ABCtales and UKAuthors started more or less at the same time in 2002/2003 and the then editors collaborated in friendship, not rivalry. I have been a member of both since 2003. While UKA stopped and started, in various guises, and therefore lost ground, ABC continued to function without interruption and is currently being run by a group of selected members. It has grown in popularity over the years and can say "Read one of the 126,632 stories from our 19,903 authors". UKA's situation is currently: Total Submissions on UKA: 3453 -
Total members on UKA: 443
Thanks again Luigi. I find it very interesting - the use of on-line poetry and writing communities, which are so much more diverse and prolific that the old traditional print media. In the latter, a lot depended on developing a body of work through getting pieces published in magazines and periodicals, then maybe collections; but all at the choice of editors. So now we have an abundance of outlets; which also has its pros and cons - not least the sheer volume of work on line; plus of course the content; but to be fair, no self respecting on-line editor should allow really bad verse.
I began on-line through a friends site 'occasional impressions', but as it confines itself to a more religious content I was also looking for a broader outlet, hence my arrival here. I'm also signed up to Writers and Artists, and some other sites offering resources. I shall try signing up to ABC Tales (if they will have me), not least for the enjoyment of reading other's works.
I nearly forgot; if you could also advise me on an issue. I have collected my wife's mother's poetry, much of which needed editing and collating; some of it was published in magazines and newspapers (Irish mostly). She wrote under the nom de plume Sally Grey; and I would like to have her work on-line. The question is: can I do so with the consent of a poetry site? If I tried it with our group, I'd have to register again under my own name, but is that allowable, or even possible? I'd be most grateful for any advice on this.
Hi Dodge, do you want to post her work on UKA or any other website? She should own the copyright unless she assigned the copyright of those published to the magazines in which they appeared. If you have her consent you can post under your own name specifying: "The following poem/s is/are by my mother-in-law Sally Grey. On ABCtales members can have many named collections to distinguish the type of work they post, you could, for instance, set up My Poetry, My Prose, Sally Grey's Work, etc., etc.
Thanks Luigi. I should have mentioned, she died in 1996. And as her daughter my wife could be the copyright holder. Also, I spoke to her (my wife) and she said I should use her proper name; so it looks as though I've got a new project under Margaretta Walklett.
I posted a poem of my dear late mother's here once. I simply gave her the credit as I have done reposting some other's poems with their permission.
She had a book published 'Wise and Otherwise' a collection of witty poems about life and observations. They have a Glasgow slant / humour and are still recited in many places so I have been told.
On reading it, I 'saw' my mother in a whole new way. I got to know her better and what made her tick. That is the gift of poetry in my opinion.