Tag: Poetry Blog

Jar of Poetry’s First Event

Hello from my side of the world!

As you’ve noticed, no poems today.

Should this be considered a personal entry then? Meh… 🤣

I wanted to record it but having just finished another audiobook, I thought it best to rest my voice before another project.

Anyway, can you believe Poetry Month starts next week?! I’m excited!

I want to make this a memorable month of reading, sharing, and involving myself more with the same Poetry Community that made me feel at home here on WordPress. That’s when the idea of holding JOP’s First Poetry Event came to mind.

Since we’re all hanging out indoors, might as well make this interesting, right?!

Starting today and for the month of April, I will post up a “Bounty” for a specific type of poem and then share it on Sundays—my normal posting day. Yes, credit will be given to the writer. If you’re already following JOP and would like to participate, keep reading.

The rules are simple:

  • In order to participate, you “MUST” be following the blog (you can unfollow once this is done, but I doubt it 😂 )
  • Use the element(s) for the week and write a poem (simple-ish)
  • Only “1” poem can be entered for the week (Multiple entries from the same writer will be disqualified for that week. So choose your poem carefully)
  • Once you’ve decide on the poem that you would like to enter, use the graphic below, somewhere on your post (I follow most of you, so you don’t have to tag me or whatever. I’ll be on the lookout for it 😉 )

The graphic will change for each week

Simple, right?!

Let’s get to the rewards:

  • I will “REBLOG” that poem (your work deserves to be recognized)
  • With the winner’s permission, I will feature it on Jar of Poetry and write a little blurp as to why I chose it. The choice will be made on Saturdays, EST. (creativity and meaning—both to the poet and reader, really matter the most for me to make my choice)
  • For each “Bounty”, I will Pay You $25 via PayPal or Donate it to a charity of your choice (make sure your Contact Page is available)

Why am I doing this?

First, why not?

Second, poetry means a lot to me. As a poetry enthusiast, I love the art and all its forms. Whether it’s how one sees the world or something completely silly, putting the effort into those carefully chosen words mean something to you. And that’s why I respect poets so much. I would also like to contribute my part in keeping this art form alive and well.

And lastly, I’m not doing this for Followers or Recognition. By now, you should know that I do things that sound fun or interesting to me. If you didn’t know that, surprise!


There’s no need to “Repost/Reblog” or share on social media (too much work honestly). It just makes things easier. I won’t be participating, so expect my normal posts on Sundays along with the winning poem.

If you would like to participate, then here is the week’s “Bounty

A Freeverse poem about your favorite food

Make me feel what you feel when you have your favorite dish. Convince me to try it. What memory is attached to that particular meal/snack?


Before I go, a big “Congratulations” to Ms. Sue from skyenatureblog.com for publishing her poetry book!

If you have any questions about this little “Event” or just want to chat, don’t be shy to email me!

Take Care

Jar of Poetry News

Hello!

I hope this finds you doing well and that you’re hanging in there.

First, sending some JOP vibes to Archangel White Wolf who recently had his work copied and distributed without the Wolf’s knowledge or consent.

With a surge of new writers looking for something to do with their free time, please keep a watchful eye for Copyright Infringement. A simple credit (depending on the original creator) or ‘Reblog‘ will be greatly appreciated rather than falsely claiming the work as their own.

I support original creators like you and the White Wolf

As a reminder, especially those new to Jar of Poetry, I narrate and produce audiobooks. If you would like a copy (we’ll call them PROMOS) and you’re either in the US or UK, please let me know. You can find the titles on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes. Or I can send you a link to the portfolio I have them saved in.

And finally, my email is always open if you want to chat (refer toJust a Reminderpost).

Right now, I am currently working on one audiobook. So, I’ll be spending more time on this site than my other one.

You know I love procrastinating…so it won’t be a bother 😉

Take care!

A poet’s garden

words are the flowers
potted, making poetry
a poet’s garden


This is how I see poetry, both mine and others. Poetry blogs look like this to me.

Remembering Jar of Poetry

I still can’t believe we will be entering a new decade! So, to close out the final entry of 2019, let’s look back on 10 entries that impacted Jar of Poetry!

  1. Jar of Fireflies
    This is the first entry and the premise behind the site. Like fireflies, poetry is meant to be shared and admired by those who share the same fascination.

  1. Synthetically-Laced Puppet
    This last decade was filled with many things I never thought I’d face. Stepping away from the medication to combat PTSD, the experience helped inspire this piece.

  1. Locket
    Taking a chance at revealing something personal, the words from this poem naturally flowed. I was shocked at how many people related to it!

  1. Just not ready
    Originally meant to be a song, I never completed it. With a new blog and no material at the time, this led me to some old notebooks. After refining it to be a poem, I finally finished it, 3 years later.

  1. A Table with Friends
    Struggling with hunger pains, I went out to get some food. I ran into an old friend and ended up with a free meal from him. On my way back to the house, the idea to compare friends and food came to mind.

  1. How I tell time
    One of many ideas that kept me up at night. Despite the tired eyes and body fatigue, this poem was worth every second put into it.

  1. Come and Chill with Me
    A personal entry and my first personal Top 10 list. The only part that I didn’t like was having to listen to myself while trying to transcribe what I said. Oh well…it was still fun though.

  1. Her Vows
    This entry was the first time I gender-swapped. Writing from that point of view was new and I honestly found it interesting!

  1. Paper Airplanes
    Okay…stay with me here. This was inspired by Antony, who was inspired by Uncharted Course, to write this. This poem is the first time I did a poetry “Ping-back

  1. Nothing more beautiful
    The lines that inspired this whole thing was, “How does one payback a lost angel? With a pocket full of sin, a man can still be grateful.” This motivated—well…agitated me—to finish writing this to get some sleep. I bet you didn’t know that?!

It has been a wonderful time sharing these posts, along with some of the others, with you and having fun doing so. I look forward to keeping this up for 2020. The one thing I want will change is adding more audio to the posts.

And that my friends does it for JOP 2019. So until next Sunday (EST), I’m John-Anthony and this is our Jar of Poetry. I wish you a prosperous, wondrous, and most mischievous New Year! Take care!