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What we are not…

02 May 2018
Posted by The Ministry of Poetic Affairs
What we are not…

There seems to be a lot of confusion about the work of The Ministry of Poetic Affairs. We will try to explain what we do, exactly and what we are not.

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Your smartphone as an editor for images and photos

28 Mar 2018
Posted by The Ministry of Poetic Affairs

You don’t need a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud when you want to edit your images and photos on your smartphone. As a writer or poet, you should really consider adding images and photos to your poems. Especially when you want to post them on social media. What are the options to consider?

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How good are you when it comes to writing?

07 Feb 2018
Posted by Harm Jagerman
How good are you when it comes to writing?

Writing is difficult. Especially when it is not your native language that you are writing in. How good are you when it comes to writing? A few tips to help you get started and some useful applications to write.

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A Happy New Year

01 Jan 2018
Posted by The Ministry of Poetic Affairs

The clock struck twelve in our part of the world. Maybe we are running behind on your schedule or maybe we are ahead on your timetable. That doesn’t matter, right? The Ministry of Poetic Affairs wishes everyone a Happy New Year. A year of prosperity, love, freedom and all things positive! And also a year filled with inspiration to write poetry!

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This was our year!

31 Dec 2017
Posted by The Ministry of Poetic Affairs
This was our year!

It is time to say goodbye to 2017! This was the first full year we had the privilege to publish so many beautiful poetry on our website. Poetry that was submitted to us or that we decided to analyse more. It’s time to look back on 2017!

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Our inbox in 2017

29 Dec 2017
Posted by The Ministry of Poetic Affairs
Our inbox in 2017

What a year it has been! As editors of an online poetry magazine, we receive many forms of feedback. Some of them are very nice to read, others are insulting … and then there is a different category: messages that we are not sure what to do with. Just like many other websites, it is time to share some interesting conversations in 2017.

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I found it on Google, so I can use it… right?!

16 Nov 2017
Posted by Harm Jagerman
I found it on Google, so I can use it… right?!

So, you found the right image using Google Image Search and there shouldn’t be a problem, right? Wrong! Many poets make the mistake to use images that cannot be used freely. Found on Google doesn’t wave away the rights that are attached to these images.

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Column: I was going to review some free software for Mac OS X

16 Nov 2017
Posted by The Ministry of Poetic Affairs
Column: I was going to review some free software for Mac OS X

Fully committed to writing an article with some tips for free software for Mac OS X, Harm Jagerman did not decide to do this. Instead, he introduced something new on our website: a column. In our columns, we will focus on everything that is related to poetry. The good news: you can send in your columns as well!

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Meet Ankit Naik, our new editor

16 Nov 2017
Posted by Roos van Zetten
Meet Ankit Naik, our new editor

As he is working ten hours shifts for a software company, we are happy to see that he decided to reserve some time for The Ministry of Poetic Affairs. Meet Ankit Naik, our new editor.

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Automatic posting to social media

07 Nov 2017
Posted by Harm Jagerman
Automatic posting to social media

Read more on how to automatically publish your work to social media, including Instagram.

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What is the best way to showcase your work?

07 Nov 2017
Posted by Harm Jagerman
What is the best way to showcase your work?

Is it Instagram, Facebook or maybe there is another option to consider, when you want to present your work as a poet? In this article we will dive into the possibilities that you can use and the best news: they’re all free to use! Since this is a series of articles about showcasing your work, this is the first section. It covers some of the most used blog platforms that are out there and all of them can be used to showcase your work.

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It’s time to help… You!

05 Nov 2017
Posted by The Ministry of Poetic Affairs
It's time to help you

The Ministry of Poetic Affairs doesn’t only share poems and writes about poets. We decided to do something new. Something that we think will benefit poets. We introduced a new feature to our website: our webshop. In this webshop, you will find some useful tools. So, it’s time to help… You!

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Being the epitome of poetry: from novice to veteran

05 Nov 2017
Posted by Vivek Kumar Singh
Being the epitome of poetry: from novice to veteran

In my first article for The Ministry of Poetic Affairs, I will give away some tips on how to become an experienced poet. This will allow you to become this veteran-poet; a skilled poet, who understands the importance of writing poetry.

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New editor: Vivek Singh

05 Nov 2017
Posted by Harm Jagerman
New editor: Vivek Singh

We are proud to announce, that Vivek Singh has joined our editorial team on a freelance basis. Vivek is not only a poet, he also writes about poetry. So, we found it time for an introduction of this Indian writer.

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Essential tips for writing poetry

28 Oct 2017
Posted by The Ministry of Poetic Affairs
Essential tips for writing poetry

Writing poetry isn’t always easy. Even when you managed to pen down your thoughts, there is no guarantee, the poem is a success. We compiled a list of essential tips for writing poetry.

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This was our challenge about fear!

20 Oct 2017
Posted by The Ministry of Poetic Affairs
This was our challenge about fear!

The Poetry Challenge about fear has come to an end! We are pleased to see so many poets taking the time to write about fear and submitting their work to us! This was our challenge about fear. We loved doing this and we will be doing this more often!

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Challenge for October: Coffee!

04 Oct 2017
Posted by The Ministry of Poetic Affairs
Challenge for October: Coffee!

We did it before and decided to do it again: a challenge. Write about coffee. This will not be the only challenge this October. In the next few days, we will launch another challenge. This Coffee Challenge ends at the end of the month (October). Winners will be announced on the first of November!

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Something has changed!

02 Oct 2017
Posted by Faas Jansen
Something has changed!

We are pleased to inform everyone, that we integrated both the Dutch and the English website into one website. These websites excisted till today as seperate websites.

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English and Dutch combined!

30 Sep 2017
Posted by The Ministry of Poetic Affairs

We have decided to integrate both the English and the Dutch website into one website. Based on the preferences in your browser, you will see either the English or the Dutch version of our website.

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Zelfkant

27 Sep 2017
Posted by The Ministry of Poetic Affairs

Terug tot Ina Damman, Pastorale, Ivoren wachters… Wie heeft de boeken van de schrijver Simon Vestdijk niet gelezen in het kader van de verplichte lijst met de te lezen boeken op de middelbare school? Naast verschillende boeken heeft Vestdijk ons ook een rijk oeuvre aan gedichten nagelaten. Dit is het gedicht Zelfkant, dat in vertaalde versie eerder verscheen op onze Engelstalige website.

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