Rural System's


Poems from and about
Important Rural Folks, Areas, and Communities

Floats, an eChapbook, brings you a vital part of national culture, the poems that give us pleasure, understanding, insights, and otherwise often-unattainable dimensions of life.

The poems available to you here are primarily from the people of rural areas of the USA. They are original, unedited, and the best work of the authors submitting them. They are screened by the production staff. An effort was made to reject material for inclusion that seems to be gross, immoral, hatefully asocial, libelous, pornographic, or obscene. (Editor's note: It's our site, no state or federal taxes are involved, so if you are disappointed with this screening, submit your material freely, no contest, ... elsewhere. Don't fight; we both have other important things to do to enhance the rural world.). Floats is an enterprise of Rural System, a private philanthropic for-profit conglomerate finding new ways to improve rural land management for now and the long-term future.

The poems here do not have copyrights; don't use them as if you wrote them. The writers understand the risks of someone copying their work. Publishing poems is very difficult ... almost impossible. For most people, it is a labor-of-love. They are here for you to copy into your computer for free.


But there is an honor code. We have a special situation in our society, world wide, but especially in the USA, with a dozen law suits, errors, conflicting views, emotions, and ill-feelings. They prevent people expressing themselves freely for social good. Rural System staff is working to try to figure out solutions or help a little.
old wine
new bottles
We hope that you'll help us. Floats is more than just a new electronic place for poets to publish, to preserve their best thoughts and creative efforts, and to achieve their personal objectives. It is to help everyone understand the rural area, its people, and community over time.

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above a fish hook

It displays part of the current culture of the rural communities of the USA. If you want to publish in conventional ways (paper versions) please communicate with poetry publishers. If you are a publisher, please communicate with the authors introduced and whose works are on display here. This site is here for your insights and ideas, enjoyment and all the things that poetry has to offer. Use it well. Honor and protect the poets and this website. May it can become one of your major sources of fine, rich poetry for its many personal uses.

Over at the right is the first rummage, a list of the multiple meanings of words (such as the name of this website). You are invited to submit these in the same manner as poems.
Copying our poems in Floats is for you to do freely. There must be no guilt here. This site is different from other sites where copying without paying for them is illegal.

However, no catch, we'd like about a buck ($1.00) as a contribution for each one that you copy. A proportion of that goes to the authors and to the support of this web site. (It costs a bunch to store poems and maintain this thing.) It's as low as sensible. It's the only way we know to help and to encourage the continuing productive work of rural artists for your personal enjoyment and rich experiences.

We hope that some people will make special additional contributions to this effort and to the objectives of Rural System so that we can encourage poets, add more poems, become more secure, and advertise to reach more rural people and their talents. We'll not solicit contributions by mail.

Why Publish Here?

All you get is seeing your poem available in public in a mysterious and rapidly growing and changing arena called poetry-in transition. We know there is a revolution; we don't know what the landscape will look like afterwards. We think we are reducing your risks for the future.

You get a "publication" and a citation for your curriculum vitae.

You get to let people see your work. Your thoughts and talents are no longer hidden. (You can include your address or contact ... your choice.)

Depending on the words, the phase of the moon, ... and a dozen other things, someone may especially like your work. Maybe they will recognize you. Maybe they will buy your poetry published elsewhere. This may become a "sampling" place. Maybe they will make up your audience when you read in public and at book signings. Maybe ... things will remain as they are and have always been for poets.

See how to submit your poems.

We encourage you to use the General Country Store cybercatalog for many services, products, opportunities, views, information, and memberships. Poems may help in sharing and retaining memories. We will soon have:

We're considering in addition to a scheduled series of poetry readings, the interest and potentials of the Rural Poetry Slam, a competition among a mixture of reading, performance, and audience interaction, later Poetry Slam collections (e.g., Bum Rush the Page, Three Rivers Press, 2001). The slam offers poets applause but also an opportunity to evoke images and to inspire.

Creating a new format
for the culture of rural USA ... next, Earth

First Poems


I worked hard in a limited field and probably poorly served my children and my wife.
Reflection on reflection:
I did not
   purposely make bad decisions,
   work to get even,
   for spite, or
   at something illegal.
Reflection on reflection on reflection:
How very limited we all are… at least this one.
Get to work! Serve!
  Robert H. Giles, Jr., September, 2004

See potential competition as Poetry.Com

September 14, 2004

How to Submit a Poem

Our way is cheap ... even at twice the price ... just download (copy by cutting and pasting into a new file or simply onto your email note). Tell others about Floats

It only costs you $10 to add each poem to the site. It costs an extra $5 to add your photo (a digital camera image) of yourself if you wish. An original picture or image related to the poem (e.g., a landscape) may also be submitted in lieu of the personal picture, one per poem. Send gif or jpg images or a picture that we can scan (about 8.5 x 11 inches in size is maximum size). Also send a typed copy of the words (not email) to your original poem (signed, indicating that it is original and written by you). We do not retype poems.

We discourage special spacing and configuration of lines. We recommend conventional poetic format. If you have a unique format required for your poem, it must be submitted in an html or pdf format via email exactly as you desire it to appear. Oh yes, there is always a form (available on this site later) to protect both of us and it must be completed.