putting out poetry

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  1. NoseOverTail

    NoseOverTail White Belt

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    So, i've been writing poetry as a personal hobby for the last 2 years or so. Started as an outlet for those feels during hard times and whatnot, but i've kept at it, and my work has actually developed.

    I'm kind of weird when it comes to letting people read my work, as it's all extremely personal (heartbreak, addiction, etc), so I actually hadn't let anyone read anything until recently. And I'm blown away by the response I'm getting. People actually like it. Like, really fuckin like it. I've now got a ton of people asking for a book of some sort.

    Now here's my dilemma. I plan on just making these little books by hand, all DIY style. But don't I run the risk of having someone steal my work. Do I copyright each poem, or something to that extent? It'd suck to see someone try to pass off my work as their own.

    So yeah, I know there's a couple authors here in Mayberry. Any advice to a clueless poet?
     
  2. Malas

    Malas Sent via carrier pigeon

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    Quite a few authors here, I'm not one. But, you'll get your advice soon, I'm sure.

    Congrats on being poetic. It never came to me, even though I tried.
     
  3. AncientEnemy

    AncientEnemy Emelianenko, Fedor Emelianenko

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    google creative commons. also you can upload your poems to a site like deviantart under your username and that should copyright it automatically, and if you ever get into a dispute you can point to that
     
  4. AncientEnemy

    AncientEnemy Emelianenko, Fedor Emelianenko

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    also post a sample of your work if you don't mind
     
  5. Badtangent**

    Badtangent** इन्तेल्लिगेन्त ईन्फ़िनित्य

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    I'm also a writer. You should share something you've written, it could be beneficial for you.

    As far as copyrighting your stuff / making sure it doesn't get stolen, The old school way of doing it would be to take all of your poems and mail them to yourself, and then keep them in the sealed envelope (which should have a postdate on it), in case you ever need to prove when they were written and who wrote them.

    Anyway, definitely share something- I'll share one of mine:

     
  6. Bolshevik***

    Bolshevik*** Banned Banned

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    that's what a teacher back in 9th grade told me.

    as for the poem:

    1:55

     
  7. NoseOverTail

    NoseOverTail White Belt

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    Nice, thanks. Created a DeviantArt page, and using Creative Commons.

    Aaaaand yeah I'll post something, mine as well :)


    It was a long line
    A trial by fire
    I'm glad I'd followed
    This quest it delivered
    experience
    and passion
    heartbreak
    and grace
    failure
    self-loathing
    and demons erased

    This journey I followed
    This pain I endured
    For something so soothing
    As love evermore
    But one day I'd found
    That these stones that held sturdy
    These walls built around me
    For false gods unworthy
    Need not for your hope
    Or a lover's embrace
    One day I'd found them
    Crumpled down to the base

    But no time to wallow
    To break down like those walls
    This future's unwritten
    These moments still ours
    In pain we will struggle
    In strife we will grow
    When you fall to your knees
    Stand back up to your toes

    In pain we will struggle
    In strife we will grow
    When you fall to your knees
    Stand back up to your toes
     
  8. NoseOverTail

    NoseOverTail White Belt

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    Cut From The Same Shroud

    We got people who be skeezin
    yet preachin the lines of Jesus.

    From the good book to the higher plan;
    From youth to a grown man;
    Disillusioned with the lies
    and a Vatican fortified
    with precious stones and solid gold,
    while people out in the cold
    Struggle to survive,
    their pain is unjustified.

    So,
    what would Jesus say
    if he saw his followers suffer-
    the man who supposedly
    treated his enemies
    to last supper.
    Thumpin bibles and shootin off rounds of ammunition,
    the hate that goes with your faith is a full-on contradiction.

    So I want nothing to do
    with all the hate that they spew -
    a person is a person
    no matter their world view,
    or race
    or creed,
    gay
    straight
    or in-between,
    there's no need since we grew from the same seed
     
  9. NoseOverTail

    NoseOverTail White Belt

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    I guess ill link my DA page as we. I've only got those two up, 11 more left to add

    http://mattgpoetry.deviantart.com/

    Edit: yeah so I'm doing this all off my phone, and DA's mobile page is dogshit. Biggest fucking headache to work with. So if you're interested, message me and ill give you a link to my personal site, that has all my work

    Jeez DA's mobile site is fuckin awful to work with...
     
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    SafyreSchool** Banned Banned

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    Is this Christian themed poetry?

    Anywho, you can do the ghetto copyright thing, just make one copy of your book, seal it up in a envelope or package, mail it to yourself and never open the package.

    EDIT, nevermind, someone already said it.
     
  11. NoseOverTail

    NoseOverTail White Belt

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    No, just that one poem is about the hypocrisy of the church
     
  12. Prime Yossarian

    Prime Yossarian Brown Belt

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    I heard posting a copy to yourself by registered mail and not opening unless you need to prove your claim works pretty well.

    Im no scientist though.
     
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    I write too. Poetry, Lyrics, Philosophy, Small Articles, etc. Here's what I wrote before I went out on New Years Eve. One of the lines came to me and I had to sit and write something of it.

    A toast to those I've dined with on fine nights such as this
    to the hooligans and debaucherous
    and to the justice seekers and loves plaintiff
    Gather around the bottle and drink to our past
    Days will come again but pray it's not your last
    A drink for my men and all those I do miss
    and another for my brothers dressed as midnight riders for a kiss
    - Happy New Year
     
  14. Spoken

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    as someone who has won poetry slams and stuff, I'd do edits on your poetry. There is a different between written text and spoken poetry... your stuff doesn't work well text, it seems like it needs delivery.
     
  15. NoseOverTail

    NoseOverTail White Belt

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    This is my biggest challenge - i've baaically known this since I started, but its cool to have someone with experience tell me the same. Do you mind if I pm you my personal site with all my work on it? It would meam a lot to get real input on it. It's nothing special, so it'll probably seem pretty lame to you, but as I said, it'd mean a lot
     

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