What happened to the wondering minstrels poetry database and how can I find a replacement?
For almost ten years I have enjoyed the wondering minstrels mailing list and then when the list died the site on which the archives are located. But recently it has gone the way of the dodo, and I mourn.
I can still get to it (although it takes forever to load each poem) from the wayback machine
, but I suppose it's time to find some other locations for poetry. There's plagiarist.com
as a partial replacement and Poetry International
for the poems in foreign tongues, but I think there must be other good sites out there.
The things I really liked about the Wondering Minstrels is that there was a random button, the database spanned the range of written poetry and there were no ads. I'd be willing to put up with ads as long as they aren't obnoxious pop-up ones, as I'm sorry to say that plagiarist.com sometimes has. The Minstrels site also occasionally had insightful commentary about the verse without being too drawn-out.
I am definitely not
looking for one of those sites where people publish their own poetry.
Is there anything comparable? Are there sites you prefer for reading poetry?
I've read the previous questions
, but this question is a bit different.