Amazon search results numbering in the millions attest to the fact that new poetry abounds in the world today, if not on the shelves of  brick-and-mortar bookstores, certainly in the countless Internet venues where poets congregate and the varied creative outlets that facilitate self publishing. 

Cheerful poetry with substance, however, is not as readily found. In this collection, 26 contemporary poets lend their trained voices to a rousing sunny side chorus – not in sugar coated greeting card fashion, but in authentic acknowledgment, contemplation, and ultimate acceptance of the challenging circumstances we all witness and experience in life. In styles ranging from traditional formal to minimalism, the tone of underlying resolution rings clearly. We hope you are pleased with the sound.. 

      ” To have great poetry, there must be great audiences.”              

~Walt Whitman  

Poets Collective is a noncommercial effort to encourage and promote poetry writing that can stand the test of time and reading that can assure its will to live. Proceeds from the sale of this book, if any, will be used exclusively for that purpose. This anthology is produced entirely by volunteers as a pilot project to gauge interest in a continuing series.                        

~ Mary Boren ~ January, 2015 

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Content for this, the first in our series of Poets Collective Anthologies, was drawn primarily from contests conducted at Since 2019, anthology submissions and most of the poems on the Poets Collective website come from Write, Share, Discuss, a small group of poets on AllPoetry who are engaged with one another in genuine camaraderie and the thoughtful exchange of in-depth critique. Participants pay no fee for inclusion.

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