It’s hard to get published today, especially in the world of poetry.  Some journals make the author pay an entry fee as opposed to paying them which was common 20 years back.  Still, people thankfully persist.


Poet’s Market


“The most desperate need of  man today ….. his real need, his most terrible need, is for someone to listen to him, not as a  ‘patient,’ but as a human soul.”


Taylor Caldwell, The Listener

Just do the work.  And what is the work?  To ease the pain of living.  Anything else, drunken dumbshow.          Allen Ginsberg

“The heart is a lonely hunter but cannot find the prey.”
We don’t want sentiment.
So afraid of sentiment that the poem is devoid of human emotion.
“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” 
Can you hear me now?
No doggerel.
“I feel I’m knocking on heaven’s door”  
It is a basic need to be heard without censorship or judgment.
“Listen without Prejudice.”  
We want only highest quality work. Does not want inspirational verse.
“Gather ye roses while ye may.”
“Keep the world safe for poetry.”
We do not want humor, sainted granny inspirational garbage.
“Everybody’s talking at me. I can’t hear a word they’re saying.”
No lists of emotions, nothing vague or abstract.
“May I compare thee to a summer’s day?”
No political poetry.  No nature poetry.
Push the button. Pull the plug. Prepare for surgical bombing.
Does not want self indulgent therapy or word play.
Sit alone at the computer screen.
“Dear me the sky is falling.”
“We pray. We pray. Just to make it today.”
No political posturing or religious outpourings.
“War, what is it good for?”
Push conventional literary boundaries.
“Feel the word.”
“Lay lady lay.”  
No poetry with sexual overtones.
“All you need is love.” 
“Everybody’s gonna pray on the very last day”.
Prepare for Armageddon.

“Can’t we all just get along?” 
“Walk me out in the morning dew, my honey.”
We are closed to all submissions.
Exit at rear.

Keep the world safe for poetry.


~ by dianeklammer on February 7, 2013.

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