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I’m looking for a poetic word or expression that means making professional connections, lobbying, networking, socializing professionally.

League, circuit, club, society, and so on and so forth.

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Those are words for groups, not for an activity. –  John Lawler Jul 5 '14 at 19:47
What do you mean by 'poetic'? In English, it is more than two hundred years since the notion of a distinct 'poetic diction' was challenged, and a hundred since the distinction died. –  StoneyB Jul 5 '14 at 19:47

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Is it schmooze you’re looking for?

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Behind the closed doors all the high-rollers schmooze / Jovial thanks to cigars and the booze There, I just made it "poetic," even. –  J.R. Jul 5 '14 at 21:35

Let me first say that limericks are also a form of poetry. In that spirit my answer is hobnob.

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I’d go with rubbing elbows — or hobnobbing.

Hunt and peck around those thesaurus links to look for others that may be more appropriate for your usage.

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