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Publishing Poetry

February 21, 2016

Publishing Poetry is the title of a book that caught my eye on my last visit to Richmond library. Ever one to learn something new I borrowed it without even realising that it was by Kenneth Steven whose poetry collection A Song Among The Stones is one of my favourite poetry reads.

The latter was the inspiration behind the structure of my last three collections for which I coined the term ‘fantasy poetry.’ The third one, based on the theme of sanctuary, is finally finished and the poems organised under the title of A Chaos of Delight.

During the past few weeks I have been mulling over whether to pursue publishing the collection online or in print, or even explore both avenues. Then I came across the following thoughts from Kenneth Stevens in his book Publishing Poetry:

‘ … poems should be a by-product of living. Writing and crafting a poem of which you’re proud is something in and of itself; if it happens to be published, that’s worth celebrating, but it’s the poem and what it stands for that matters more than anything. Do all you can to get published; work as hard a s possible to market your book – but don’t ever forget to love searching for words: the best words, in the best order.’ (Need2Know: 2010)

So, with ‘the best words, in the best order’ as my mantra, I have sent a few poems out to prospective publishers, put the collection aside for the time being to simmer for a while longer, and embarked on my next project on the theme of towers.

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