Tuesday, August 26, 2008

In the "if I had a nickel for every time department" I can't tell you how many times I've heard someone bemoan his booklessness while rattling off tens of publications the poems from his manuscript appeared in. If 80% of the poems in your manuscript were published in "legitimate" publications, perhaps even those coveted "prestigious" ones -- isn't that enough confirmation that they're good? Doesn't that meet the editorial approval that you crave? How much editorial approval do you need? Can you not make a single step without it? Isn't that a crippling mode for an artist to work in? Do your own ideas and judgments hold so little value? Do you never feel pretty unless someone tells you so?

2 Comments:

At 3:26 PM, Blogger Collin said...

So many poets seem to be marinating in indecisiveness these days. Pull the plug and self-pub, work with a micro-press, start your own.

 
At 9:22 PM, Blogger Rachel Mallino said...

love it. LOVE it.

 

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