6.07.2007

I'm interested in writing
something about ecopoetics and, probably, the desert. It might be
interesting to do something recovering Alice Corbin Henderson
(longtime assistant editor of POETRY) and the modernist female writers
of the American southwest (Henderson was one) in the issue, like HOW2
has done for Lola Ridge, Evelyn Scott, and Alice Duer Miller, among
others.

I'm also pushing some of my poems since they've never been included.
I have a new book out entitled PAPER CRAFT. It is a free .pdf at
moria poetry as well as a published book. It includes three poems
that use decomposing monzogranite as a format.

http://www.moriapoetry.com/dalypapercraft1.pdf

6.05.2007

Ron's charming edition of washignton square/the europeans formerly owned by Mildred Munday of Evansville, IN, begins that neither book "need be read for anything but pleasure..."

6.03.2007

I wanted to chime in with another take on reading fees, contests, etc.
Mostly because my opinion changes!

I'm going to hold off on having a reading fee or contest until I've
published more books, so that I can offer books in exchange for the
fee. Also, so that there is no good reason someone would enter a
manuscript (or send me one) without having read any of the books I've
published.

I send an announcement about the press' first book, and while I don't
sell any books, I get some queries about submitting manuscripts. In
the case of Maryrose's book, I haven't completed distribution
contracting yet, i.e., you really have to buy it from me or her to get
it, and this means that there is no possible way that those who
queried read the book (or, likely any of my own). I googled every
querier -- just to make sure the poets weren't fab poets and really
dumb submitters.

But, isn't this a "there's a sucker born every minute" (just learned
the origin of that saying was gangland Chicago) entrant / submitter?
I mean, I can't imagine WANTING anyone to publish a poem, a book of
mine, let alone give me comments on my writing, if I don't know what
they publish, how, etc.

And frankly, I don't care if anyone buys. They can look at poems the
authors and I have published online. They can get their library to
order it, or if their library has it, they can check it out. They can
read it standing up in a bookstore or newsstand. They can buy it
used, or trade something for it. They can read it on google books
eventually.

But not doing due diligence before sending or querying is being dumb.

I am insulted by getting subscription forms in with a submission. I
understand the impulse, but if you won't have me, why should I pay
you? Either that, or I obviously have not gleaned the knowledge I
needed to psych out editorial needs from reading your publication.
So, then I'm not really your best reader.

Ultimately, this comes down to audience and business head. There are
a lot of publishers who aren't developing audiences. There are a lot
of publishers using poets as the only audience for poetry
publications. There are some authors, editors, and publishers
fighting for the same limited audience of purchasing and buying poets
- readers of poetry. There are people who say -- look, this is good,
and I will publish it, and come what may.
I have a 20 lb bag (abt 5 lbs gone) of beautiful chocolate sanded grout avail. FREE wd be perfect for the fp. of course only cost abt $20.

I want to add that the significant value in the units in the mbr and dresser, etc. in eliz old rm is recognition and method -- it is not as though that's diminished by the fact that you've used them -- I am coming to think of success in thrifting / items / small changes making big differences in day2day life as "don't give a fish, teach how to catch fish" -- dad proved his prowess in refinishing with those dressers; you both proved that done / chosen properly, wall units can be successfully recycled -- and what testimony do you need other than Roble Way???

I expect you've tried true treasures already -- don't forget craig's list or freecycle

and hey -- those gerace original touches (down cab)

here, there a whole market who would love that you guys are 2nd owners and tht not only is hardware (hinges, doors) original, but also -- you know, the sun room cabinet, some of the plants, the up study built ins --

and there's a whole marketing strategy -- a little scrapbook, of -- he was a bandleader, she was a WAVE or whatever, here are pics, we used to even have some v mail -- and they moved here and built this house -- and we bought it from them and fixed all the leaks and upgraded the electrical, gas, fp, added a/c...

although you are selling, don't discount the -- hey -- this thing has been here for 65 years, and ... well, many of the older houses and larger houses in this fab area we really enjoyed... have not