Hello – welcome to crowdsourced poetry. This is the site to find out about the latest crowdsourced poetry being created by Dan Simpson, and past crowdsourced poems. Here’s what I’m currently crowdsourcing! For everything else I’m up to, visit dansimpsonpoet.co.uk!
What’s a crowdsourced poem?
A crowdsourced poem is created entirely from words submitted by the public on a particular topic or theme, through social networks like Twitter and Facebook, by email and in person. This can happen in one day or over a number of weeks. Once all the lines and words have been collated, I then cut up and combine these words into a new, coherent and crowdsourced poem. Here’s one created during National Poetry Day!
Why crowdsource a poem?
A crowdsourced poem is a brilliant way to involve people in poetry and create innovative work. It’s easy to respond to, requiring the submission of just a few words on a topic, and participants get to see their words in a new poem created by the public.
Crowdsourced poetry can also raise awareness of an event, project, campaign or activity, so can serve as something of a markting tool for an organisation. Here are some quotes from people who have taken part in previously crowdsourced poems:
An exciting way of making people feel included in the creative process.
I felt like I’d made a real contribution to the poem. I felt like a poet.
Fantastic and interesting project. It’s a great way to create a poem and include many people.
Innovative, creative and a great result!
How can I take part?
You can contribute to the poem I’m currently crowdsourcing here or by going to ‘Currently Crowdsourcing’ above. You can also follow me on Twitter (@dansimpsonpoet) for prompts, and tweet your words @ me there!
Where can I see some crowdsourced poems?
Find out about previously crowdsourced poems here! Or have a listen to this one, created during the London 2012 Festival for the LIVELIVE Project:
How can I use crowdsourced poetry for my project?
I’ve created crowdsourced poetry to launch events, exhibitions and campaigns, to engage people with poetry, to raise awareness of a topic, and simply for fun. If you’d like to use crowdsourced poetry in some way, email me at email@example.com.