Poetry Breakfast

Serving a little poetic nourishment every morning. Start your day with our new expanded menu. Poems, of course, are our specialty. But we will also be serving a fuller menu that includes poetry book reviews to feed poets' and poetry lovers' souls.



A Letter to the Global Poetry Community – A Necessary Response to Recent Events

This past week the poetry community was shaken by the discovery of a serial plagiarist. Poets and editors around the world worked in unison to remedy the situation. One editor, burdened with the task of removing plagiarized poems from publication and retracting a Pushcart Nomination, wrote that in the aftermath of these events she felt, “defeated.”

Words – strong words – appropriate words – were used to describe the offense and its effects: dismay, distress, identity theft, stolen…

Details of the extensive reach and widespread violations resulting from this episode of serial plagiarism are best left in private conversations – not in public debate. There is actually nothing to debate. Those who know, the witnesses of this disturbing incident, have no questions of right or wrong – only a dismaying confusion of why?

What remains is the puzzlement of what it means to be a poet.

Who and what are we writing for? Our egos? Our CV’s? Our collective humanity? A hobby? The question marks have become infinite.

And that word “defeated.”

We are not defeated. We are an army (even though we did not know we were). Each poet an individual, each publication independent – we were wrong to believe that. The events of this past week did not defeat us – they destroyed our delusions of individualism. The poetry community became more important than the poet.

More importantly, we learned that it had already been that way. Even without thought or discussion, even as we worked for our own successes and publication, somewhere beneath the surface of our own short personal bios, we were helping write the great biography of the global poetry community.

At no point in history has the poetry community been so vastly diverse, intimately connected and had such an instant global reach. The Digital Poetry Era is the richest ever seen. We all take part in growing and guarding this enormous treasure.

At Poetry Breakfast we will continue to publish and honor those who participate in and give their best to the poetry community. We offer thanks to all those who tirelessly worked to defend the integrity of our community this past week and to all those who continue to protect our poets and the art of poetry.

Ann Kestner, Editor
Poetry Breakfast

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Meta Data and Poetry

While poetry is my love and I have all the patience in the world for her…Meta Data and webdesign are not my friends.

If you haven’t noticed, when you share a link to one of our pages, the meta data, or what it posts about that page, is stuck on the old “Poetry Breakfast comes to a close.”

This will be fixed today Feb. 8th, 2016.  (Well, God knows I hope so).  As a result, the links will all be changing today.  The site might not navigate quite right.  Old links may die and new ones born.

There are many reasons for getting the site set and in order more than a month before we begin publication again.  Unexpected frozen old meta data turns out to be one of those reasons.

Rest assured all will be in order soon.  The link changes will only effect our navigation menu.  There will be no changes to links to past posts or poems.

I hope you’ll keep the submissions rolling in.  Reviewing submissions is a joy.  Fixing frozen meta data issues — kind off makes me want to throw the laptop out the window.  So please, send in your submissions, even while I’m tweaking the site.  You submissions will go a long way to helping me stay sane and keep the laptop on  my lap instead of tossing it out a window, off a bridge or several other places I seem to be considering right now.


Ann Kestner



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