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Friday, February 08, 2013

Famous for not entering contests

Earth Lessons now on Kindle!
I, who am famous for being opposed to poetry book contests (though I've entered my share), and about to venture my Book Left at the Altar to a few contests while also talking to some non-contest publishers. Who can solve the need for a new poetry book publishing paradigm, I wonder. Contests may give brief glory and a level up to the very few winners, but the fact that few poets actually buy and read current poetry books -- let alone the general public -- is the deeper issue. Self-published novels do well, the good ones that get word-of-mouth buzz on Amazon, Goodreads, iDreamBooks, and other reader-reviewed sites. Where's our version of the crowd-sourced reviews of Rotten Tomatoes for poetry books? I feel that's central to solving the problem. I almost feel like starting such a site!

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Earth Lessons Selling on Kindle!

I'm so excited that reissuing my first poetry collection, Earth Lessons, for the Kindle, has interested new readers. I love reading poetry books on my iPhone, and someday when I get a tablet, I'll enjoy that form of reading too. Paper is nice, and poetry books are collectibles and even can be art objects, but let's face it, a library in your pocket is excellent! Especially a poetry library. Thanks, those of you who got a copy!!

Monday, February 04, 2013

Superbowl and Poetry?

Of course, we start with the fact that the winning team is named after a poem: Poe at the Superbowl. Then we add a poem-as-commercial, "God Made a Farmer," one of the more stunning moments of an evening mostly blah except the last-half play following the power outage, when the 49ers made it an interesting game. To my ear, it was poetry, Whitmanesque and rangy, and decidedly a poem, with its repetend, "So God made a farmer." That Paul Harvey, a non-poet, wrote it doesn't matter one bit. I know poetry when I hear it -- especially in a context as unlikely as America's low-culture fest, the Superbowl.

Hey, we had a wonderful plain-speech poem at the Inauguration, with Richard Blanco's moving "One Today." Why not poetry at the Superbowl?