Poetics Anonymous is a Discord server created by me for the purpose of celebrating poetry. Starting off, we’re a small, but passionate group of poets and poetry lovers who have come together to share our passion for poetry with one another and the rest of the world.
We write and share our own poetry, celebrate the work of others, work together with daily writing exercises open for anyone to participate in, discuss critical theory and the finer aspects of poetics, and have a great time chatting and uplifting one another’s spirits.
I’d like to invite anyone who follows my blog or happens upon this article to join. If interested, please comment here, DM me on twittter @drawnoutofshape, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will provide you with a link.
All are welcome! You don’t need to be a writer. You don’t need to be a poet. You don’t even need to enjoy poetry! But if you don’t, I have to admit I do hope we will convert you.
Our server’s namesake is an allusion to Alcoholics Anonymous, and following their standard, have designed our own Twelve Step program, which you are welcome to read and enjoy below.
Hope to see you join soon!
Poetics Anonymous Twelve Step Program:
We admitted we were powerless without poetry–that our lives had become unmanageable.
Came to believe that truths greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to listening and understanding.
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Submitted to paper, to ourselves and to other human beings our exact nature.
Were entirely ready to transform these defects of character.
Humbly ask others to hear to our shortcomings.
Made a list of poems we read, and became willing to make amends through them all.
Made poetic amends wherever possible, except when to do so would injure ourselves or others.
Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
Sought through metaphor, simile, imagery, meter, assonance, consonance, rhyme, and theme to improve our conscious contact with poems as if we understood them, praying only for knowledge of the author’s will for us and the power to carry that out.
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to readers and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Here are the 12 traditions:
Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon poetic unity.
For our group purpose there are two ultimate authorities–- a Listener and a Speaker as we may express ourselves in our group conscience. Our mods are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
The only requirement for PA membership is a desire for poetry.
Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or PA as a whole.
Each group has but one primary purpose–to carry its message to the Listener who still suffers.
A PA group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the PA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
Every PA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
Poetics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
PA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create message boards or chat rooms to those they serve.
Poetics Anonymous has opinions on outside issues; fuck you.
Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films.
Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to juxtapose principles with personalities.