Poetry.com Extends Its Community Connections

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Several New Site Features Allow Poets to Spread Interest and Awareness of Poetry.

There has never been such a great opportunity for poets to really grow in their writing until now

With the development of new Widgets and an extensive Facebook® application, Poetry.com (http://www.poetry.com) has released new community-based features designed to allow people to share and spread their interest in poetry. Poetry.com also offers an extended reference section with brand-new articles and informative selections in order to aid in a writer's development. "We are extremely excited these to offer the new features to all our participating poets!" said Poetry.com Managing Editor Howard Ely.

With the creation of Poetry.com's new Facebook® application, poets are given the ability to branch out into one of the world's most popular communities while still being able to be active with their writing. After a poet has linked to the application (http://apps.facebook.com/poetryvote/), he or she can actually post their own poems right to the site. Along with posting poetry, application users can browse other poems that anyone has submitted and vote on which they like best. At the bottom of each poem, there is even a comment section that allows for praise and critique. Once a poem has been entered, it can be placed on a member's profile page as well.

"I think it's really awesome that I can do something this fun and meet so many others with a similar interest!" said one application user.

Widgets are Poetry.com's latest endeavor into community development (http://www.poetry.com/dotnet/widgets/widgetdesigner.aspx ). Any of the poems featured on Poetry.com can now be added to blogs and community pages such as MySpace, Multiply, and a host of others. Users now have the ability to bookmark poetry or instantly create links to their own poems. RSS feeds have also been included to allow poets to display a new "poem of the day" on their sites as well.

Poetry.com's own handpicked and highly esteemed editorial staff has developed the new reference section. Articles and information range in topics ranging from development of technique (http://www.poetry.com/techniques/refsum.asp) , the history of poetry and some of the world's greatest love poems (http://www.poetry.com/LovePoems/lovePoems.asp). An online rhyming dictionary and comprehensive poetic glossary (http://www.poetry.com/techniques/glossary.asp) offer amateur poets a chance to improve their craft. Poetry.com also hosts one of the largest online poetry libraries on the web. This section will continue to grow as the editors continue to look for new ideas and options for poets to develop their work "There has never been such a great opportunity for poets to really grow in their writing until now," said Ely.

Poetry.com has been committed to developing new poetic careers since 1996 and plans to continue to do so with new content, ongoing contests, and the creation of new options for poets around the world.

Poetry.com, sponsored by the International Library of Poetry, is the largest and most comprehensive poetry site on the Internet. It has become a source for personal expression, and constantly strives to be a premier publisher in its market. The extensive website continues to grow and serve poets around the world. Website users can join the International Society of Poets (ISP), allowing them to share their work internationally. Poetry.com and the International Society of Poets host annual conferences, drawing more than 2,500 poets from over 60 countries. The annual convention, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, recognizes, awards, and promotes talent among the organization's members. Members get the chance to meet and discuss poetry with legendary poets, and win cash prizes. To access more information on becoming a member, visit http://www.poetry.com.

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