Friday, April 20, 2012

P-Poetry

Questions about poetry to myself:

How do poets make money by writing poetry? They don't.

How do poets get published? They don't. OK, technically they do. But, you have to be a very serious poet. Or, more like, your poetry has to be exceptional.

How does a poet get a book published? You can try submitting individual poems to the hundreds of small literary magazines. Or, you can submit a manuscript of poetry to competitions (usually charge a reading fee).


One day, I'm going to get my poetry published. Well, if you count college magazines, then I've gotten two poems published. In comparison to the two stories that got published and the third that will be published in the winter, that's pretty lame. I'm a poet, not a prosey writer. Or maybe I'm a fiction writer and the poet is just a dream. That would totally be unfair.

If I re-added Google AdSense to this blog, I'd make revenue off my poetry. If I became a better poet, I'd have more poems published in magazines. If I... submitted poetry manuscripts, well I'd still need to become a better poet. But, I can do this because everything in life is a poem.

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3 comments:

  1. I hope to publish my poetry in the future also... but I'm bummed about how difficult it is to be published. I work constantly at trying to better my writing in hopes that my dream will come true.

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  2. How do poets get published? They don't. OK, technically they do. But, you have to be a very serious poet. Or, more like, your poetry has to be exceptional.

    I totally disagree :) Loads and loads poetry written by non-exceptional poets gets published everyday (including, on occasion, mine). I think it's more about persistence than perfection. Also, I totally count two college magazines.

    You're a little bit hard on yourself, you know that?

    ~ Rhonda Parrish

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  3. haha, Sopphey, you are very funny! Yeah, I agree with those simple and short answer about poets making money from poetry and about them publishing. Of course, there is some publishing, but... yeah. :-)
    Well, I guess we still need that daytime job.
    You know, I have never had a single line published. Reading about your two poems in college magazines made me somewhat jealous. ;-)

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