Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Poetry book publishers - outside of contests

It's that time of year: when I update my webpage that lists Non-Contest Poetry Book Publishers. Every year the list shrinks, sorry to say. New publishers replace the old, but always a few less replacements than the publishers who cave in to the contest mania. Small presses are doing the math and realizing that few buy poetry books. Contests are increasingly the only way to fund operations.

Where does the contest frenzy leave those of us who publish our poetry in book-form? With a diminishing audience. Of course, it's quality, not quantity, that counts, right? I can't solve that equation here, it's beyond quadratics and the human mind. And I have no crystal ball. But I doubt poetry is disappearing. Maybe morphing into an online venture.

Please take a look at my list and let me know if:

(a) you find it useful
(b) you know of book publishers to add
(c) you are interested in helping to research the list and keep it growing

Who knows, perhaps we'll have an impact on poetry publishing!

I've been unable to find another list like this. Do you know of anything? New Pages lumps all university and small presses into one ginormous listing, regardless of what they publish. Not much help unless you have 24-48 hours to kill scrolling through alphabetically and checking each and every link that lists "Poetry."

P.S. Why the image? It's fall, that's all. I'd like to be in Carmel. But not with a back brace.

Sunday, September 14, 2008


Poetry sites new to me or renewed to me:

Of course I have to like Colorado Poets Association website, as they listed Rocket Kids among their favorite poets blogs. They have a nice page with print magazine publishing information too.

Never a dull read: The Chimaera, edited by Paul Stevens, with artwork by Pat Jones. Subtitled "Literary Miscellany, the site has a daily poem selected from the current issue. It's a triquarterly, and archives show the quality of work selected. Some poems have sound files, a great feature.

Unsplendid is a new zine that has entered the fairly small field of New Formalism, as a triquarterly for poems in received forms, including but not limited to: sonnet, villanelle, pantoum, ghazal, sestina and blank verse. As someone who enjoys the challenge of working in form, I'll enjoy reading and perhaps submitting to this one. One thing I like about their definition of received form is that it includes nonce (invented) forms and translations.