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Random Poetry Society

This spartan home on the web,
which you have
upon, is the home of the
raNdOm poeTry SOciety

What is the Random Poetry Society?

The RPS is an underground secret society of people that enjoy writing poetry, and want to experiment in a new and radical form.

What are the goals of the Random Poetry Society?

The RPS seeks to do two things: a) Develop a new form of poetry, that takes advantage of spatial locations, etc. and b) to turn the world into a giant poem to those that are paying attention.

How do I join?

You're in, if you want it. Nuff said. If you don't want it, do us a favor and keep your mouth shut. No biggie if you dont.

What do I do once I'm in?

You write random poetry, and hide it. But let me explain more:

To write random poetry, you have to think in very broad terms. The general idea is to take a large work, and section it off in such a way that it doesn't matter what order the parts are read in, or even if some of them aren't read at all. Good forms for it are things like Chain Haiku and Ghazals (research some poetry if you aren't familiar with what those are). Then you tape the individual sections in places where they won't be easily seen- but are not impossible to find. The sides of doors, the bottom corner of a wall, an out of the way part of a cieling. Think of it like hiding easter eggs.

In fact, this whole page is a bit of a random poem, if you can find it (not a very good one mind you!)

This is just a suggestion for writing Random Poetry. If you want to do something totally random, like roll a 20x20 meter square block of paper with your favorite love poem written on it out on the quad of the local college, do it, but keep in mind our rules...

RULES of the RPS

Every society needs rules, and to ruin your fun (actually, enhance it in this case...), the RPS has its own set of rules.

  1. The RPS is a secret society. You do not announce your membership, not even to other suspected members. No one knows you are a member of the RPS (not even other members), unless you induct them (more on that later).
  2. You will never share the details of the material you are working on, or where it is hidden with anyone.
  3. Again, you will never share the fact of your membership with anyone. This includes NOT BEING CAUGHT! Not much of a secret society if people know who we are and what we do, is IT?


Okay, to induct someone into the society (and induction is STRONGLY encouraged), you first pick your target carefully. Avoid someone who will refuse, or even worse- reveal your identity. Invite them in, explain the process, the purpose and the rules. You can even bend some of the rules and show them what you've done.

Finally, if you have any questions, email me, the founder.