Welcome to the PHOENIX RISING POETRY GUILD. The name of this poetry group is derived from the creature of Greek mythology. As you know, a phoenix is a long-lived bird that is cyclically regenerated or reborn. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor.
And as well, the dictionary describes a guild as an organization of persons with related interests and goals, especially one formed for mutual aid or protection. The combination of these two concepts is the basis for the change in name, design, thinking and presentation.
“Arising from the ashes” of the CREATIVE BLOOMINGS poetry blog, “The Guild” will feature the works written and assembled by the poets of the former site as well as new voices who wish to join in poetic pursuits, all nurtured in the creative process and dedicated to the words and rhymes that themselves arise from the subjects and prompts featured here. It will try to stay less ambitious than its former site and hopefully without a “competitive” nature.
I’ll try to answer some of the concerns presented on the Poetic Bloomings Facebook page (which will remain online as is and will be the “meeting place” for such discussions and encouragements):
Many of our poets admit to being “out of the loop”. No two people know that feeling as much as Marie and I do. The idea of going back to “our roots” (to coin one of the last gardening phrases here) appeals to my sense of what was right and good about what we intended and what we’ve accomplished at the Creative Bloomings blog. Even our first associations with each other at Poetic Asides with Robert Lee Brewer, were founded on the desire to express in a poetic fashion in a sense of community and encouragement, the thoughts and feeling we had fostered. This current re-organization wishes to re-affirm that origin, and hopes to draw our “prodigal” poets back to the fold.
The thoughts of the site being more of a writing group rather than a competitive endeavor had been a constant wish since we first began. We had failed in that, through the introduction of the Bloom awards. One of my peeves of late was the feeling of our poetic circles becoming “Full-contact Competitive Poetry” suppositories. That’s the reason I personally steer away from poetry challenges that draw poets out of the woodwork with the enticement of being published somewhere. Don’t misunderstand, I like seeing my words in print. But I have found that I love to write poetry for the love of writing poetry. I want this last configuration of our site to bring us back to that thought. We’re writing first drafts of future more polished and complete poems here.
The return strictly to poetry will keep things from getting too convoluted here (and make it much easier to maintain.) The above links to the CREATIVE BLOOMINGS page and the FLASHY FICTION FRIDAY page (which will remain online as the archival units for our previous work) will always be active. The access to the form descriptions and examples will serve as a tool for future use. Also the RECOLLECTIONS pages will still function as originally proposed. You will still be able to add to your collections at that site. The “Creative” function of the former site will also still be available for your non-poetic works (Artwork, photographs, crafts…) and links to those additions will be posted here.
We are going to be moving away from the “garden” analogy to give our space new “legs”. Hopefully, we can rejuvenate our rolls and become a strong voice in poetic circles once more.
Hannah Gosselin has offered an idea to have an opportunity to help out with prompts, or provide discussion topics via an e-mail thread. Your contributions are always welcomed here. The current e-mail ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) remains as our contact link. If you wish to be a regular contributor in this cause, I will try to accommodate those wishes.
Thanks to all for your continued contributions and support. As long as you are willing to further our process and the propagation of poetry, I’ll try to provide an avenue for us to do so. The new tag line for this PHOENIX RISING POETRY GUILD is: “Poets Reborn; Rising From the Ashes”. We are in this to rise together.
Again, the Guild will be opened to poets of all ages and skill levels.
BE SURE TO BOOKMARK THIS SITE OR ADD THE BADGE LINK TO THE GROUP!
Watch for the site to go live starting February 1st!