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We generally only accept poetry on five themes:

  1. Beauty: Beauty in human nature, culture, the natural world, classical art forms, and the divine.
  2. Great Culture: Good figures, stories, and other elements from classical (pre-1900) history and literature.
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  5. Humor: Clean humor only please. Also includes riddles and children’s poetry.

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2 Responses

  1. Bruce Dale Wise


    If one looks only at the middle part
    of Raphael’s The School of Athens, one
    discovers in the open central arch
    that Plato’s old and Aristotle’s young.

    Draped in a pale red, Plato, on the left,
    points skyward, while he clasps a book close in.
    At right is Aristotle, who extends
    his hand, and holds his book edge next to him.

    Gray-headed Plato’s slightly shorter than
    is Aristotle, who’s dressed in subdued blue;
    both seem they’re walking forward, so each man
    ‘s par-a-pa-tet-i-ca-lly straight and true.

    Brown-bearded Aristotle is in front
    of broader-shouldered Plato slightly back,
    as they survey the earth and firmament,
    one touched in gold, the other lined in black.

    Beneath them, sprawled on large white steps, at ease
    on his right elbow, reading, Socrates.

  2. tvanjoolen

    Hello Poets,

    I just signed up. What happens to a submitted poem? Is it posted? Is it considered for the next poetry contest?

    Thanks & Regards,


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