World Poetry Day

working away in the Northern Poetry Library
working away in the Northern Poetry Library

Happy World Poetry Day 2015 everyone!

I am a poet.

I’m also a Patreon creator.

I write poetry and post it on Patreon, if you support my work you don’t just get to see everything that I post you also get to read everything that I have ever posted on Patreon.

The work that goes up onto Patreon is my best writing. It’s the poetry that I’ve spent years editing, crafting and working on.

It costs as little as $1 a month to become a patron. That’s about 67p if you’re in the UK.

Of course you can give as much as you want. And the more the merrier.

If everyone who follows this blog supported me on Patreon at the lowest level then I would be able to make my whole living from writing poetry. $1 from everyone here would equal a living for me.

The way that we consume poetry is changing. Slams are online and poetry is easily sent around the world at a moment’s notice. It seems strange to ask for money, it always will, especially so directly. But this really matters to me, so I’m asking you. In times long past, artists could rely on their patrons to support them so that they could focus on their work. That is exactly what Patreon allows us to do today.

So this World Poetry Day I am asking for your help. I love writing, I love poetry, I love Patreon. I would really love to have your support.

Asking for money is awkward, and difficult and embarrassing. But it’s also necessary. The more money I get through Patreon the more time I can spend writing.

It’s so easy to support me on Patreon. (This blogpost shows you how.) And there are lots of snippets of my poetry on here so you can see what you’re going to get for your money.

And thank you. Thank you for reading this. Thank you for supporting me. Thank you on this World Poetry Day.

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