I write mostly poetry, although I am writing more nonfiction since I started this blog about six weeks ago. I do share many poems in their rough draft stages on my Facebook page, but I have a closed site and limit the views even there. However, I don’t post my poetry here on my website/ blog just yet.
Why? I’ve submitted poetry many places, and editors/ publishers don’t want work that has been “published” elsewhere usually. Mind you, only a few people are “reading” the poems there at all, but some will even claim a closed locked down Facebook site means
you’ve published your poem.
We poets are not writing Pulitzer Prize winning novels and posting them on Facebook! It seems a bit silly and excessive to me to not be able to share and get my close friends’ critiques; however, with the poetry publication market as competitive as it is, I don’t want to ruin any chances I might have of publishing.
I admit to liking an audience for my writing. Is that shallow? Probably.
I can write good poetry of a particular style, narrative poetry and dramatic monologues, the latter of which is out of style. I have sometimes written good lyrical poetry. I am not an academic but a caring reader and writer, so to me it’s okay I’m not making a living as a poet.
As if. DECADES ago I did research and found that only 9 people in American admit to making their living as a poet. NINE out of what–1/3 of a billion Americans?
I’ve only got so many poems in me–I don’t want to lose the right to publish them unless they are actually PUBLISHED elsewhere. I send out the ones I can stand to lose! Since poetry doesn’t pay, I have many poems I just don’t want to lose. I know. As if!
It’s a labor of love, poetry writing and poetry reading. At least for me it is.
Thanks for reading.