Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Time Lapse Equals Obsession, And Not In A Good Way
I'm convinced of a certain formula regarding poetry publishing endeavors. The longer it takes to choose a poetry manuscript the more obsessed the editors or judges of the contest or reading period. The more obsession the less likely you are to get a legitimate, intriguing and fun poet. In other words, the longer it takes the more likely the poet is being selected in a long drawn out committee type selection process. Poetry biz people should do some self-analysis and realize that the longer you sit with a decision the more insecure you become, and therefore the more likely you are to pick the safe bet. And if you walk into any bookstore and pick up a random poetry title you'll immediately realize the results of this unfortunate phenomenon afflicting American poetry circles. That being said, it probably won't hinder my submitting to these places. What are you gonna do?