On sharing poetry and losing ownership of your poems

SMALL HEART BOOKS POETRY        I write mostly poetry, although this blog has gotten me to write more nonfiction.  That’s a good thing.  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.

Two good sites that are open to accepting poetry already posted on social media and personal blog posts and two I greatly respect are Rattle Magazine and Tuck Magazine.  (Links here: Rattle Magazine and Tuck Magazine.)

In fact, Tuck Magazine just published a poem I’d placed here; they simply asked me to take it down for three weeks and to link to them.  Sounds fair! Their goal is to INCREASE readership of writing about social issues.  I posted this poem here on the first day I created this blog, and now it is published here: Refuge Laura Lee Poem in Tuck Magazine.

Rattle Magazine is a top notch magazine of modern poetry, and its poems knock me out.  I can only dream of being published there.(I need to read and write more! Much more. I come away renewed with the power of poetry when I read their published poetry!)

Yet they don’t consider social media published for the sake of accepting work for competitions and possible publication.

Having said all that, I admit I am not a great poet.  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?

So I continue to read and write. I should spend more time reading and writing, and now that I am a part-time worker, I will.

I’m fighting the impulse to return to full time work; I don’t want that heavy workload anymore.  Been there.  Done that! For DECADES.

So here’s to the talented poets and fiction writers and nonfiction writers–I admire you! I’m looking for more great writers to read, new or old writers, poet or fiction, for good literature really inspires me.

And 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!

Keep reading and writing!

If you have any writers you would recommend or novels, I’d love to hear about them!

Laura Lee

Some interesting or fun Facebook pages

smilies-funny-emoticon-faces-160760   Some interesting or fun Facebook pages

Some of these are closed groups; if you join, tell them Laura Lee sent you.

Wait, maybe not.

In no particular order:

Silent Book Club
–an active group of book lovers, vibrant civil discussions.

Cloud Enthusiasts
–because clouds are interesting

Cloud appreciation society

–more clouds! And it sounds cool to say you are a memember of the Cloud Appreciation Society.  Doesn’t it?

SoUL TrEEs
–because trees are important

Teachers for Social Justice
–because children and justice are important

Tuck Magazine
–an online political, human rights and arts magazine, because social justice and the arts are important.

Alt National Park Service
–because we love our national parks and care about the environment–plus we admire the pluckiness and courage of the founders of this site!

The Other 98%
–because it’s important to know

The Art Institute of Chicago
–it’s the AIC!

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
–it’s the CSO!

Chicago Shakespeare Theater
–Shakespeare & theater!

Kontras Quartet
–great musicians including the talented cousin Benjamin

Sandcatchers
Such interesting music that transcends genres!  One of sister’s husband’s groups. A warm and wild look into Jewish music over generations plus jazz…plus…. I don’t know how to describe it!

Estats Tonne Music
A modern troubador like nothing you’ve ever seen or heard… amazing history… listen. You won’t be sorry.  Love the incense on the guitar. AMAZING acoustic guitar player.

caFe’ hopeLess
–a closed group for creative writers, some I’ve known since 1999!  Refugees from the old MSN writing groups.