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Thou Goest* is an online contemporary poetry magazine, and small indie publisher based in Seattle, U.S.A and Paris, France.

Thou Goest presents works of poetry via the unusual approach of multiple media intercrossing each other (written works, videos, images, digital drawings and sound compositions).
We are showcasing the work of new and established poets with new issues every other month.



THOU GOEST – Poetry Dominates
Contemporary Poetry magazine

Tortoise Purpose of Visions


Thou Goest (*You go, in middle English)

Our main purpose is to propose a radically different acceptation of what poetry is today and to offer our contribution in showcasing artists that relate to this new vision.
We do not claim to compose yet another “new definition” of poetry, precisely because it cannot be definitive, we however would very much like to question this, in our present time, with contemporary poets.

Language, oral and written, is the natural expression of poetry; but poetry also may occur in any form, in conjunction with or through ANY other form of art.

Thou Goest wants to present works of poetry via the unusual approach of multiple media intercrossing each other (written works, video, images, digital drawings and sound composition).
We will not distinguish between the creation of a poem with words, and creative acts in other media.

Canons & Explosions…

Before Aristotle, poetry was accepted as being all forms of literary expression including all genres of dramatic arts, being closer to its literal meaning, the Greek word poiesis, a "making" or "creating".
Aristotle (in Poetics) tried to explain poetry by classifying, dividing it into different genres and component parts. We believe that definition has to evolve as much as the arts have evolved. Form and aesthetic cannot be used anymore to define or distinguish poetry, they becomes only one mean, not a constitutive part of poetry which we believe encompass the entire range of the the arts and their formal differences.
Plato’s point of view, for that matter, stays completely valid regarding poetry in our times: Plato thinks that poetry is a quasi-divine function of the inspired poet who does not control the process of his creation.

How to identify poetry, then? This is purely subjective, we agree, and will be left to the entire judgment of our editorial committee; which, because of the subjectivity involved, can only be composed with artists from various disciplines (writers, poets, video-artists, musicians and composers, visual artists). It will also be renewed by two thirds with each issue.

So what is it?
Poetry is (simply) a pure act of creation, independent of any medium, which decodes the invisible. There can be fortuitous, non-intentional poetry by the mean of saying that poetry is nature, inspiration itself.

Poetry is the mark of inspiration itself, visible through a work of art.

This is what Thou Goest will present you in its upcoming issues.

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*Thou Goest means "You Go" in Middle English.