As this discussion board seeks to continue the work of the original Poetics Listserv at SUNY-Buffalo we intend to honor its original mission. Below are the listserv’s original posting guidelines, to which we will adhere.
“Our aim is to support, inform, and extend those directions in poetry that are committed to innovations, renovations, and investigations of form and/or/as content, to the questioning of received forms and styles, and to the creation of the otherwise unimagined, untried, unexpected, improbable, and impossible. While we recognize that other lists may sponsor other possibilities for exchange, we request that those participating in this forum keep in mind the specialized and focused nature of this project and respect our decision to operate a moderated list. The Poetics List exists to support and encourage divergent points of view on innovative forms of modern and contemporary poetry and poetics, and we are committed to doing what is necessary to preserve this space for such dialog.
The Poetics List is a moderated list. Posts are limited to list subscribers. All messages are reviewed by the editors in keeping with the goals of the list as articulated in this Welcome Message. The listserv is intended to be a productive communal space for discussion and announcements; as such, subscribers who do not follow listserv policy will be removed from the subscription roll.
Please note that this list is primarily concerned with discussions of poetry and poetics. We strongly encourage subscribers to post information, including web links, relating to publications (print and internet), reading series, and blogs that they have coordinated, edited or published, or in which they appear. Such announcements constitute a core function of this list. Brief reviews of poetry events and publications (print or digital) are always welcome.
The Poetics List is not a forum for a general discussion of poetry or for the exchange of poems. Queres for contact info, messages intended for just a few subscribers, “flame” messages, and free-standing personal poems or journal entries will, in general, not be forwarded to the list.
Also, please note that the Poetics List is not a “chat” list and we discourage the posting of very short messages intended for only a few subscribers. Personal queries and off-topic submissions will not be posted.” —from The Poetics List at SUNY-Buffalo
There’s been some discussion about opening the Poetics List 2.0 to the submission of original work, and I think it could be useful as a catalyst for the discussion of poetics. To that end, I’ve created a category for the posting of original work and would like to encourage list members to submit work there for discussion.
Please note: these posts will still be moderated and should follow the focus of this list; that is “to support, inform, and extend those directions in poetry that are committed to innovations, renovations, and investigations of form and/or/as content, to the questioning of received forms and styles, and to the creation of the otherwise unimagined, untried, unexpected, improbable, and impossible.” Also, please limit posts of original work to one piece per author, per week, and be sure to select the category “Original Work” when you create your post.