Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Poet Tips

Just a bit of fun or a serious venture? A non-starter or an internet phenomenon? Time will tell, but Poet Tips, Robert Peake's new project, is an intriguing enterprise that I'll be following with interest over the coming weeks and months.

A demo version is now available to view here. I must admit I'll never be a fan of flow charts in any walk of life, but there's much to admire in the opening statement:

"If you are writing poetry, you need to be reading lots of poetry. But it can be hard to know where to begin. Why not start with who you know you like, and let our crowd-sourced recommendations lead you to your next favourite poet?"


  1. Thanks, Matthew. So far people have steadily been contributing tips every day, and I've already made some new discoveries as a result. It may never be huge (or it may)--but above all I hope it becomes something useful. That will only happen if people continue to use it and add their tips, so time will tell.

    1. Thanks for commenting, Robert. Here's hoping it's a terrific success!

  2. Dear Matthew

    This week Scotland announced its new Makar Wilma McGonagall (aka Jackie Kay.) Congratulations, Jackie. I have no doubt that you will do a grand job.

    Best wishes from Simon R. Gladdish