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Can We Publish A Poetry Anthology?

I just came about an idea. I think we the amateur and professional poets of this forum can altogether publish a poetry anthology which will be a co-operative contribution of all the poets in this forum. Different poems from different poets will be collected, screened and the ones found eligible for publication will be published.

Fellows do you think it is a good idea. Will it work? How exactly? Please post your views. This is not a matter of money making, just to get yourself published and your message through to the world through your poetry. Nothing more. Your views are welcome.

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@cbase

thanks a lot. This really never had anything to do with Seun all along though. I'm still hooking up with other contemporary poets on the site and anywhere else we meet. Soon and very soon. At the start of 2010 we will have something out.

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@Nex,

I've been following your contributions over the years on these thread

You and Ruudie, u guys have what it takes

but if you keep waiting to carry everybody along on this, am afraid you wouldn't go far

so i think the best thing is to move on with whoever you feel is serious

see what you can do, and then when u have somethin' standin'

you'd be amazed at the Number of people who would like to be down with you

Don't keep waiting for Seun, the Guy's Abacha, In this Site, a Dictator if you get the drift

me am a lil bit of a Rhymer, I guess, I could do somethin' like all out Poem

so take my advice and see where that gets you.

DON'T GIVE UP, you'd be surprised.

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So people, what are we doing? This thread is more than 2 years old.

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So what has been agreed so far?

I'm interested by the way.

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Oh! Then I just totally dropped the dnex ID and went to my default ID which I never post with. So here I am. I've got more poems and this thread has been on for years now. What are we going to do?

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Literature is an institution, not a frivolous passion. Sure, we can institutionalize it, but let's think twice, i mean, let's get to the peak of our crazitivity, sorry poetivity first. A fast horse doesnt run long!

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@True Brit I got my denex ID banned by that Seun boy since last year due to a simple difference of opinion. Thank God for small mercies cos there are other websites that come with a freedom of expression feature.

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@Dnex, what happened to your Denex ID? Did you get banned?

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So we're still discussing this matter. anyways, I am denex. email: nexbestthing@yahoo.com. or Nejeeb Bello on Facebook. It's been a long time but I'm still down with this anthology this. Meanwhile, those fake Poetry.com people have just nominated me as an honourable member of the international society of poets. I wonder what kind of scam they are up to this time around.

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Fellow Nairalanders! This idea is a bomb! I am game!!!

Which way forward? How do we get it started?

Let me be put on notice the second we kick it off.

My contact is ugofantastik@yahoo.com

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Yer,where's everyone?

The anthology sounds like a good idea.

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What's going on with this project, guys?

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Where rests this great idea. I see its been quite a while we had a word on the idea brought up by Basic las April. I have just published a collection of my works, titled TRICKLES of a TIME, but will be happy to be part of a nairaland publication. Lets rekindle, contact@nanateam.net

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hey i'm totally into this anthology thing. ive repressed my literary side for much too long, this year ive decided to give in. we need to find a way of working this whole thing out.

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Okay. . . . so lets thrash out the issues here then! so whats the general theme for the whole project and who's bothered to check up on publishing prospects ?

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Somebody just set a date and we'll all be online (for those that really want to). Let's not deliberate over setting the date or else we may even deliberate over deliberating over setting the date.

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I'm still down, although i find it hard dropping my email here, one of u shld drop urs then i'll IM u, i think that's better.

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Helo @ poetry folks,2 av an accord n kip al handz on deck,a yahoo msngr group tagged "YOUNG POETS" shld b created by d person spearheadin d whole thingy so as 2 kip us abreast of d latest dev

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okay, howz 'bout we set up a date that we meet online. . . . on this thread and thrash out issues - so we all can contribute from wherever we is @!

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thanks Ruudie,

@ all Please lets try and meet at a place, i suggest Lagos, preferably on a saturday. Any where u choose, i'll be there.

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@beneli

nice one.

@all

VENUE! VENUE!! VENUE!!!

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What better place to kick-off the meeting than right here .i.e. virtually ?

For starters there may be people out there interested in the project but who won't be able to make it to any meeting. And there may be others who may want to send in "quality" entries once they've seen that there is a good plan in place.

So, why not start planning here?

My suggestions:

1. Clarify who takes the lead role. Its always important to have a leader.

2. Clarify what the anthology would look like .i.e. any special theme? how many sections and types of poems? etc. those kinda things.

3.Clarify all relevant "money matters."

4. Call for people to send in their poems to a nominted panel for critiques. This panel, which can also be a virtual one, will be mandated to decide whether the entries meet the selected criteriae etc.

If you don't get it going, some way or the other, you may still be discussing this topic, as they say, "until the cows come home".

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Hi all, i don't know if i'm late concerning this anthology thingy. I'm so down with it. i have my peoms too, i even have a good short story. I got cut short of writing poems when i got heart broken (poo happens, long time ago though). & then i lost interest. but thank God i dint throw my poems away. I still have them. Lets make plans on how to make this work. My poems are mostly of love, i know i can still work on doing more.

Many of my poems are short, this one one of those i remember by heart,

Mystique

U say i'm a mystique

Something Unique & ageless in unraveling

Yet intriguing & fascinating

As it unfolds---

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hey dee. . . . sorry been off 4 awhile but that venue's kind'a far and it don't have to be an artsy place; just somewhere we can sit 4 awhile and get acquainted!

i'm in S/Lere and it'd take some ways to get my butt down to lekki. . . . dunno abt some of the others but if its a majority agreement, i'll oblige!

besides, where all the other folks that are in on this @ ? u got any numbers or contact info of 'em ?

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I just felt I should make decision since no one else is saying much.

So where and when do you prefer? This venue is an art kinda place.

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hey chill bro. . . . who arranged this time and venue ? don't y'all think its a bit of a distance 4 some of us to travel and was other peeps taken into consideration with the date/time ?

anyways, good 2 know that there's stiil 1/2 interested heads out there. . . . but we g'otta settle stuffs first b'4 making decisions.

ain't got all of my poems printed out yet c'uz been tryna figure out what the theme 4 the whole project is g'onna be like - i mean, we doing l[b]ove poems[/b], heart-break poems or just general free-style ?

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Guys,

Enough time wasted already. I'm back for the meantime so we're meeting on Saturday 22nd September 2007, at the Kulture Klub,

Alfa Beach,

Lekki Peninsula, Lagos.

Y'all holler back. Whether you've got your poems printed or not.

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Hello fellow writers. I'm developing an online project aimed at supporting unpublished African writers, a site called KilimanjaroMedia.com. In addition to KilimanjaroMedia being a literary site, it's also very much an arts site encompassing many other aspects of performing arts. One of the goals of this site is to publish an anthology. If you're interested in what we may have to offer, please stop by.

Here is the link to the website.

KilimanjaroMedia.com

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okay man. . . . . we cld get in touch by some other means.

@ other interested peeps,

howz 'bout we huddle together with out poems and see what we got. . .  anybody got any ideas where we cld meet ?

or guys u can mail me,

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I was banned from Nairaland that's why I've been in touch. And that is why I will continue not to be in touch. I'm really sorry.

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welcome onboard cammax,

so delighted that u're optimistic about the whole idea. . . . ain't spoken to some of the other folks that initiated the concept in a while now but hopefully, we'll all pool our resources together and see it thru, never knw what good might come o'utta it!

thanx man!

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I'm just seeing this but i'm very much interested. However it beats of as to why orikinla hasn't said anything in respect to this project. Here is what i suggest though, the anthology should have a theme that should guide entries, a committee should be constituted to review all entries, you guys dont expect that all entries would make it into the final draft, do you? The committee doesn't necessary have to be an all nairaland affair get people, notable poets, writers and editors to be a part of that committee. Once that is done entries can now be sent with the authors bio data to the committee, publishers contacted and he anyone is interested fine, he not we could publish it ourselves. What do you all say to that?

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your thots won't go away

it has stained my whole being

and refused to fade

i need a doctor fast

becos you have become like a

disease in my blood

a reoccurring fever

i have no immunity to

you are fast becoming like

an addiction

bad and very dangerous for me

yet very impossible to resist.

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Thanx roselyn, guess we'll have 2 chat smtime 2 c what u've got. . .

Meanwhile, u cld just put out sm of 'em, while we chill on other peeps!

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my name is roselyn.i have lots of poems.i am interestd in the anthology stuff.count me in pls.

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Yes RuuDie, I buy that idea too. Check out my sonnets in the thread "critique these:my sonnets" and see if they're okay. I still got more poems though.

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hey guys,

how 'bout we talk some of these guys that have posted poems on board, might be able to get some good poems o'utta some!

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Hey, whassup people, it ain't looking encouraging thus far. . . . been tryna get in touch with some publishers in SA who might be willing to do some li;l charity work, no luck yet but still trying sha!

anybody else got anything going?

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@denex,

Ok. . . U got urs handy.

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time waits for no man . . . lets try and get our acts together in good time!

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Okay guys. I'm still very much on course. But I think we should exercise patience for one or two weeks more to get many more people into this. Or what do you feel?

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I think we should give enough time for the rest poets to know that's happening.

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@ denex,

i'm feeling u man, but where's the rest of the crew! i count just the 2 of us in 'ere thus far and that just about gives us 20 poems or thereabouts 'n that ain't so good innit ?

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@RuuDie

am thinking of getting things done step by step so we can meet and discuss our manuscripts, compile them as we finally move forward to presenting it to a publisher.

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not a bad idea . . . what next from there ? better we know what you intend and come to an agreement b'4 hand just so we don't hit a brickwall ahead !

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Okay, 1 step at a time. Everybody should have at least 5 copies of their very best poems printed out from microsoft format on A4 paper before next week Friday. Not this week, next week friday, 20th July. Ample time

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hey,

where is evrybody ? we doing this or not ?

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welcome on board man !

hey man, keep it down - we just might not need him afterall ! lets just get ourselves together first - 1 step at a time !

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