Friday, April 25, 2008

Small magazine living the big questions

Came across Pilgrimage magazine recently. I like what I see, intially intrigued by the ee cumming quote on their front page:

”...For Everything Which Is Natural
Which Is Infinite Which Is Yes...”
~e.e.cummings

But I couldn't find samples of their poetry. I wish they'd post more excerpts online. How else can you figure out if you want to buy or even subscribe to a print magazine?

I was having a discussion about this recently. People were complaining that you can't tell which publishers might like your work, or publish books you would want to buy, if they don't post many samples on their Websites. Some poetry book publishers put no samples up, just blurbs.

We all know about blurbs!

I make it a rule to subscribe to at least three litmags every year. Support the field, and find some new poets. But so few litmags are on the newsstands. It's hard to find all but the biggies to browse.

Editors: more samples online, please! It costs you nothing and will boost sales -- which is supposedly the Number One issue among poetry publishers. It's the best means of advertising -- and it's free to you. Why be stingy with your site?

Thursday, April 24, 2008

The future of the Internet

I don't usually post links to YouTube, but I think this is a piece of video poetry theater:

Charlie Rose by Samuel Beckett

In other future poetry news, Al Young's poem "April in Paris" is animated and viewable at Blue's Cruzio Cafe. I liked "Weeds" too, another animated video. This is the future of poetry online, blending visual art and poetry in motion with audio. Little poetry movies. I'd Paypal a dime apiece to view them -- maybe even a quarter. Just a thought. About the future of Internet poetry.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Writing of place

Thinking about magazines that focus on this, also books and anthologies. I have several anthologies, most of which are poor. Anyone know of other journals or zines that have an earth- or place-centered focus? I'd like to compile a list.

In other news ... Red Hen Press, publisher of Letters to the World, the fabulous (okay, I'm in it) anthology of the women poets listserv, just put up some new rave reviews of the book. Dorianne Laux and Gary Short weighed in with some superlatives. Stay tuned. More may be on the way. And have you picked up your copy of this anthology yet?

NaPoWriMo Day 22, and I haven't yet written my daily poem at 9 pm. Staggering slightly as I head into the home stretch. Today's may be a haiku.