We’ll be rolling out some software upgrades on this site in the next few weeks, starting with some changes in progress to the Action Poetry page. The page looks mostly the same, but it now automatically rolls over and creates an archive page at the beginning of each month, and the selection of featured poems in the middle right panel of every LitKicks page will now be updated continually instead of a few times a month. Today is the first of June, so the current Action Poetry page is now a blank slate (check last month’s page to see what it will look like once it gets moving).
It’s occurred to me that many people visit LitKicks regularly but never post on our poetry forum because they don’t know what it’s all about. Action Poetry is a free-form showcase for amateur or professional poets or writers. You can post an original piece, or you can write a response to another writer’s poem. We try to maintain a zen atmosphere on this page — each poem simply exists for the sake of existing, and may or may not get a response. There is no “official voice”, and we never interrupt the flow to make announcements or provide structure of any kind. You may never know whether anybody liked your poem or not, and that’s how Action Poetry works.
Any format, style or subject matter is okay, as long as you are sincerely trying to write well. We ask only a few things: check your spelling and formatting before you post, post only original work, and keep it short (this is not the place to upload your unpublished novel).
You can use Action Poetry as therapy, or you can use it to express secrets that won’t fit on a postcard, or you can use it to show off your poetic skills. If you’ve never posted on Action Poetry before, all you have to do is create a LitKicks member name and you’re all set.
Whoever you are, please consider writing us a poem soon.