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Welcome to Eratosphere


Eratosphere Poetry & Writing Workshops is your one-stop online destination for the post and critique of poems, fiction,  and artwork: 

You will find metrical poetry and the corresponding critique on (you guessed it) the Metrical Poetry and Metrical Poetry - Deep End boards, and free verse is available on the Non-Metrical Poetry board. We also feature boards devoted to fiction, art, translation, literary criticism, member announcements, and conversation, usually related to poetry, writing, and art. 

We have three boards devoted to literary discussion-- the Musing on Mastery board where classics from present-day and past masters are posted, discussed and dissected by our members and other experts, The Discerning Eye, a board devoted to literary criticism and essay, and our Ask the Poet Lariat board, where a rotating lineup of  such established writers  as Richard Wilbur, Anthony Hecht, and Timothy Steele, to name a few, answer questions from members. 

The Fiction forum is a prose workshop.  We are especially inviting all writers to come over and use the unique resources of the Fiction forum for workshopping their stories. A similar invitation goes to artists and photographer for the Art Forum.  In addition, we have The Art Museum for discussion of established art and master works.  We invite you to workshop your original translations of poetry and short prose on our Translation board.

One indispensable feature of Eratosphere is a carefully chosen group of competent (and friendly) moderators. That said, your staff for the Eratosphere Forums & Online Workshops are as follows:

John Beaton, Robert J. Clawson, Dee Cohen, Maryann Corbett, R. S. Gwynn, Lance Levens, Tim Love, Sharon Passmore, Alex Pepple, Jennifer Reeser, Janice D. Soderling.

Please note that only registered members may post in our forums. Hence, we encourage guests to register. Registration is a painless process that should be over in less than one minute. You have a one-page form to fill and, all but two fields are optional – the username and the e-mail address. All members agree to read the forum guidelines before posting to familiarize themselves with our short list of do’s and don’ts.

-- The Able Muse Staff.


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Most recent news

Happy Prune Year
Posted By: Maryann Corbett on December 28, 2008, at 10:24 PM

I'll be doing the monthly pruning of poetry threads just a little early this time, on December 31 (I'm traveling again). So if you need to copy a poem thread that hasn't had a new post in the past 30 days, the next couple of days are the time to do that.

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Deep End guidelines
Posted By: Maryann Corbett on November 29, 2008, at 10:51 AM

Ten days ago we began a long discussion on GT about the Deep End. In the course of the discussion we proposed some rule changes, and those changes have now been approved by Alex.

Alex and I have changed the Announcement area at the top of the Deep End board--the spot labeled "Deep End! Please read before posting!"--to contain the text of the new guidelines.

Our thanks to everyone who took part in the discussion. We think the changes will make this board a better place to be.

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December trimming?
Posted By: Maryann Corbett on November 29, 2008, at 10:49 AM

Heads up again!

We're a couple of days away from the first of the month, the day when I trim everything back on the poetry boards. Anything thread with a last post that's more than thirty days old will disappear. Copy now if you need to!

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November pruning
Posted By: Maryann Corbett on October 31, 2008, at 08:00 AM

Happy last day of October! This is your regularly scheduled warning that I'm going to prune the poetry boards. I'm trying to get back on schedule, so I'm going to do it tomorrow, November 1. If you need to copy a poem thread that hasn't had activity in the past thirty days, today's the day to do it.

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October pruning, a little late
Posted By: Maryann Corbett on October 03, 2008, at 06:26 PM

I'm back on the job. I'm planning to prune the poetry boards in the usual way this coming Sunday morning, early. I hope that's enough notice for everyone. If you need to print off a copy of a thread that hasn't had activity in the past thirty days, now's the time!


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