Friday, September 29, 2006

Great places to submit

Kate Benedict's new venture, Umbrella, is looking for essays on poetry as well as new work. She's also willing to publish already published pieces. Bravo! for this. A pet peeve of mine is that in most cases a poem's debut is also its swansong. The insane preference for "new work" is ridiculous and vain among editors. As though a good poem deserves only one outing.

How would you like to have had only one date in your life?

I was going to start a magazine that published nothing but reprints, but I haven't yet found time. Here's to all the editors who do find time.


  1. Rachel, I agree.

    Write the world's best poem and you've only got one shot to get it seen. Is it any wonder people think there's more bad poetry than good? All poems get a brief moment in the sun and then disappear, no matter their merits.

  2. Gee, I'd be happy with one date.

    It is good that more journals are accepting reprints. We do, as long as the work isn't available online. So many journals out there, why would it be necessary to reject reprints out of hand?