Do you value poetry and its power to make positive change?
Poetry Patrons: People Power
Poets used to rely on elites–kings and queens, lords and ladies, tribal leaders and arts councils–to support their work. Only the well-to-do could afford the luxury of poetry.
Now poetry is available to all of us on our phones–and readers can directly support the poets they love with a few dollars a month through crowdfunding platforms like Patreon.
Poetry Patrons: What You Receive
On my Patreon page, I offer lovers of inspirational poetry an ebook on sign up–and a new ebook at the beginning of each month. It's an exclusive benefit: only my patrons receive those monthly publications.
I also offer a premium tier for patrons who want all the books I make, historical fiction and inspirational poetry in every format, signed and dedicated.
Poetry Patrons: What You Give
Your $2 a month makes an enormous difference to me.
There are many kinds of poets and all of us, as Whitman so famously said, contain multitudes. I stand with him, and other political poets like Shelley and Lazurus, Yeats and Rich, Boland and x, Kay and Gibson. All those who feel poetry's part in what Shelley called the “struggle between revolution and oppression” matters.
All those who understand that everything is political, those who — like the speaker in Shelley's “Ode to the West Wind”–believe in poetry's power to drive “dead thoughts … like withered leaves, to quicken a new birth.”
That's what I work for and it makes all the difference in the world to me that there are people in the world who support that mission.
When life threatens to take over, when things get busy on the personal front or in the day-job, a month can't go by without me having to turn myself to poetry.
Knowing you're there, supporting my work, keeps me producing through all the challenges.