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Poetry and Places

While travel is restricted physically, let’s share our adventures virtually…through poetry.

WHAT WE’RE ABOUT: We are a nonprofit site that celebrates travel, poetry, photography, nature, and the earth. With travel limited during the pandemic, we are serving as a virtual tour guide, using poems as portals to locations around the world. In the posts, we learn about geography, history, culture, wildlife, and more—with poetry, photographs, maps, and illustrations working together to bring the places to life. 

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR: POETRY and PLACES is looking for poems about known places—somewhere that readers could visit, if they so desired. We are not looking for poems about personal places known only to you, e.g., your unnamed and unspecific childhood neighborhood, or any other generic place. Our goal is to learn more about the actual world–its geography, history, culture, wildlife, and more. We prefer narrative poetry written from a personal perspective. (Meaning, we avoid material where the writer tries to speak for the world, make grand pronouncements, or comes across as didactic.)

HOW TO SUBMIT: Send one of your travel-related (or site-related) poems (no rhyming verse) as an MSWord attachment to poeticdestinations@gmail.com. We accept previously published work—please provide details about prior publication (name of publication and date published). Include a note about the poem to provide background on the location or trip. If available, attach a photo of yourself at the destination you’ve written about. Also include an author’s bio (one-paragraph, written in the third-person) and a photo to accompany your bio. Write SUBMISSION in the subject line of your email. At this time, we can offer no payment, but we will be happy to include links to your books, websites, and social media accounts. Looking forward to reading about your travels and sharing your poems with our readers!

RESPONSE TIME: If your poem is selected for Poetry and Places, you will receive an email within two weeks. If you have not heard from us in that time period, your poem has not been selected. The major reason for not selecting a poem is that it lacks unique details regarding the location.

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