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I am like thousands of others. I posted my poems on Poetry.com. I then had a disaster and lost all of my work. I went to Portrait.Com to get my coins again and they were gone. These poems were very special to me. They from my heart about very special people. Please return my poems. Your website offered security to people who wanted chicken their poems out to others to read and you destroyed thousands dreams and heartfelt words. Just give us our work. Linda **
I was excited to hear that my poems were published and that I could order a book of published poems including mine as a present for my mother. Mailed in the three payments of $49.95 and never received the book. After no success I just wanted my money back and found out they went out of business. Great scam. Just another deadbeat that took advantage of someone in hope.
My late grandfather was the famous beat poet Diego **, and several of his poems were published on Poetry.com. Since his disappearance a decade ago, a few paper copies of some of his poems have been found. But many of those that he compiled for his “Peach Basket” collection are now gone since the site seems to have vanished. Most notably, Peach Baskets #2 and #17 only existed on the Poetry.com website. Any collection of his work would be sorrowfully incomplete without these 2 signature poems. In an attempt to compile and publish a definitive compilation of Diego ** oeuvre, we are dead-ended by the closure of this website.
Just like others. I as well have posted poems (3) on poetry.com and am no longer able to access them. One of the poems was very dear to me because I expressed the pain I was going through with the death of my daughter and mom. Poetry.com or whatever company name you're using. Please I beg of you, please, please return/release my poems back to me. They (poetry.com) also informed me that one (1) of my poems had won an award and they were going to publish it in their "book of poetry winners". I trusted this website with my precious poems and now they are gone just like my daughter and mom.
I have too many poems to count that were uploaded to Poetry.com. I haven't been on the site for a while due to life events that kept me from having time to write. I decided to just go to the site to see what's new and found the site has disappeared along with all my poems. I have read many reviews that stated poems were offered up for people to claim as their own when the company was sold to Lulu. I knew nothing about this and haven't seen anything of mine posted elsewhere, but I also have looked into any other site to see if someone else claimed my writings.
I have hard copies of everything I uploaded and can prove any works of mine that may have been stolen are in fact mine. Ink dating can be done if necessary. I'm very disappointed that this has happened to so many people. I wouldn't have joined the site if it didn't say ownership of all submitted poetry would stay that of the writer. If a lawsuit has been filed I would love to know just to remove anyone else's name from anything I had submitted to the site or to get payment for that which has been stolen.
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My poem was given into a song by Celine Dion "New day". I posted a poem. Now it's gone and years later Celine Dion was singing a song with 50% of my poetry which was titled as "RAIN TOOK AWAY MY TEARS". Last verse "TOMORROW IS A NEW DAY FOR NEW OPERATIONS". I was surprised to hear that song but couldn't do anything as I was new immigrant to Canada and struggling. This cannot be a coincidence as those words were from the bottom of my heart. Anyways! God will do justice. However she sang beautifully and song is nice too.
I posted many poems on Poetry.com Through 2005-2010. I’m equally astonished as many that they are now gone and closed shop. I’ve spent the last few years trying to get my poems back but to no prevail. I did though find a article that said Poetry.com is also Lulupoetry.com. They have both closed it said and that it erased over 14 million poems when it closed. If this is true then I am devastated. I lost all my originals in a fire and this was the only back up I had. Really hoping it’s not true but based on the amount of searching I have done it seems to be legit.
On Archive.org you can find a back page to Poetry.com. They do have SOME people’s poems up there. Some being people who paid for it to be published in the so called amazing poetry book they had. I got chosen one and paid to get the book. Never received it to this day. All the lessons I wished I had learned back then. Anyway try the back page thing. It only works by year and a certain month. You might be in luck or you might be totally screwed like me.
UPDATED 07/15/2019: I can't say I wouldn't be devastated if I didn't have so much as a copy of a poem I wrote anymore and couldn't think how it was worded to write it down again. I'd just like to say that us other poets would be pleased to help if that's so. It was all one poem per poet per contest right, so therefore the books are filled with poems by many, many other poets as well. Don't worry, be happy. I've got a sophisticated wall plaque, that reads - This certifies that Leanne McLellan has been selected for inclusion in The International Who's Who of Poetry and has demonstrated a unique artistic vision and significant poetic achievement. And I did get published in the book, I didn't think so for awhile, then I found my poem, in the first featured section. Please feel free to contact me if I can help you.
I think this is all a terribly great shame, because Poetry.com was excellent experience for so many poets. The opportunity to become published in such beautiful books was amazing and it was ever so much fun to go to the website and read and review poems each day. Sadly missed is Poetry.com.
I've been reading some of the reviews in here. Don't feel bad. I'm another victim of poetry.com. I had quite a few poems in there myself. One poem was very special to me because the president himself was there to give me the award and now that poem is gone. As far as what to do concerning lawsuits I think a good place to start would be to contact a copyright lawyer. Hopefully someday we all will be able to recover our work.
I just found Invoking the Muse on Amazon. I paid $8.95 for it through Thrifty Books. My poem was published in this book originally. 3 copies were purchased at $79.00 (author price) in 2004 through Poetry.com after receiving notification my poem was selected and authorization was needed by me to publish in Invoking the Muse. The book I just ordered does not have my poem in it. Why? Because the original ones they shipped from Poetry.com/Watermark Press just put my poem in the books I ordered. SCAMMING money out of people... Watch out for more scams from this company as I've noticed they are using multiple names.
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