Thursday, August 25, 2011

Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads

Are you looking to grow as a poet? Are you looking for a more challenging forum where you can learn, create and share many ideas and thoughts about poetry and prose? If you have a little bit more time on your hands and are willing to be a consistent and dedicated member have I got the place for you.

Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads is a newer community that has been developed for the involved poet. It is meant to be a teaching and learning community that is shaped by its members under the kind guidance of Kerry O’Connor. Its members (Toads) post regularly and participate in many thought provoking and creative activities that are found almost daily. If you are just an occasional hobbyist or a for the love of the art poet then this most likely is not the place for you. However, if you want to step up your writing and find you need a little push in the right direction this could very well be that kick in the pants you have been searching for.

The poets that participate in this forum are dedicated to their craft and are always willing to help or find help. The activities found on this site are a bit more challenging than the typical prompts we see here at Poets United or in most poetry communities. At Imaginary Gardens you can find interviews with well established writers, group critiques, historical lessons and facts about poetry, prompts that teach about style and form and many other aspects of poetry you don’t see every day on the standard poetry forums.

Think of it as a small group study on the wonders of poetry. I you feel you have the time to dedicate to such a wonderful and involved community please stop by for a visit. Poke around for a bit. It just may be what you are looking for.

All new members are offered a 90 day grace period to decide if it is a community they wish to belong too. A members particpation determines their continued listing under the member blog roll so as to keep a consitant and active community. As a member of this site, listed on its member blog roll, continued interest and regular particpation is preferred. The Imaginary Gardens community is one where involvement is the key to its success and continued progress. Hopefully you can be one of the poets that makes this happen.

If the makes you feel a bit froggy just reading about it then hop on over to the garden and have a look around or just hang out with the gang.

Activities you can find at the Gardens run on a two week rotation. Here is just a taste.

Monday: Calling All Toads
Tuesday: Grace & Marian's Form Challenge
Wednesday: Ella’s Post
Friday: OT’s Picture prompt
Monday: Calling All Toads
Tuesday: Robb's Critique Corner (as of Sept 6)
Wednesday: Kerry’s Challenge
Friday: Open for now
Thursdays are open for members who would like to post a Once Off Feature.
Please contact Kerry via email if you would like to share such a post.


  1. Many thanks for the shout out, Robb.
    I would like to say that interested poets may participate on Real Toads in two ways: the first as a member, with active participation, and secondly, as a Follower, who visits the site as and when it suits them and may participate in any and all prompts. This is not a closed member site, and all are very welcome.

  2. Robert, Thanks for posting this. This looks like a wonderful site!

  3. Robb, nicely done~ I hope to test the waters more, now that my daughter started back to school,(today).
    Hurricane Irene has me hopping about, right now.
    I hope more n' more poets will stop by. There are some really great exercises and prompts. I hope to participate in next week, if I have power~

  4. I'm now heading off for a look. Thank you for posting this.

  5. would like to be added to this community..have already sent the request to be added to POETS UNITED....would like to grow as a poet..mature more...


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