In addition to being a blogger and a marketing whore, I’m a poet. Actually, that’s what I enjoy the most and what I’m best at. Sadly, poetry doesn’t pay the way I’d like. Still, I do it because it matters a great deal to me. Lately I’ve been writing more and thinking more about how I can better promote my work and be more effective at publishing.
To this end, I’ve launched a new Facebook page: Samuel Smith Poetry, and if you appreciate the magnificent ways in which words can be twisted to do our bidding, you’re invited to stop by. Here’s what you’ll find:
- Actual poetry! I’ve just uploaded The Miles Between Here and Hone, a chapbook collection that was featured in The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature back in April of 2003. The chapper contains poems from my first two books, The Rainwater Chronicles and The Love Song of Ethan Brand (both of which, by the way, are looking for a publisher).
- Audio: I expect to be doing some more readings in the future, and if I can capture audio from these events I’ll post them. In addition, I’ll be doing some recordings especially for the FB community and those who follow me at my personal site, Lullaby Pit.
- Poem of the Day: I’m sure I won’t get a new recommendation up every day, but as often as possible I’ll be posting a Poem o’ Day for you to consider. Today’s rec is “Song,” by Brigit Pegeen Kelly. It’s one of the most remarkable poems I have ever read by any poet, dead or alive.
- Work in progress, maybe? It takes a while to get a poem from inspiration to completion, and sometimes I’ll post things I’m working on to see what people think.
- An idea that one of the page’s early fans (hi, Melissa) suggested: influences. Why not post the artists and poetry that shapes my work from time to time. Great idea – maybe I’ll do some of this in conjunction with Poem o’ Days, or maybe I’ll call them out on their own. It’s worth noting that yesterday’s featured poem was “The White Birds,” by my hero, WB Yeats. I selected it because I’m currently working on one called “William and Maud” that draws from it.
In addition, I’d like it if the page was about a lot more than my poetry. I didn’t invent poetry, I don’t own it, and some of my greatest discoveries have come when others told me about things they liked (that’s how I discovered Kelly, in fact). So if you’ll hit the page and click the “LIKE” button, you’ll be able to post your own thoughts, recommendations, and if you write, you can share your own words (and video and audio and whatever).
If you think this might be fun, stop by, and also please pass the word along to your friends and colleagues, assuming they’re fans of words.