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It was hard to find two of them
who'd go along with each other
but there they are,
slouching along at the end of the line
on their way up to the gangplank;
they suppose Noah will let them come on board
(he's seen some pretty strange types)

her field is the aesthetics
of lesser-known obscenities,
preferably in 4 to 6 lines, double-spaced,
with strong, sensational images,
with emphasis on coherence, whether absent or not
(trust her judgement, she has the feeling for it)
It should be about women or WOMAN,
and should either worship or sympathize
No traditional stuff, and pornography better be good

His specialty is the calculus of experience;
for one thing, poets can't expect poetry to pay
(no dot-matrix, no simultaneous submissions;
sample copy $4.50, single folio on newsprint;
reserves right to edit copy at will;
no haiku, no traditional, no religious, no romantic,
no poems about children or marital happiness;
likes to see satiric poetry but buys little of it;
prefers to judge poetry with no direct statements
and strong imagery
no 'light verse', no poems about dying;
poet should concern himself/herself
with the deeper issues of real life.
Usually reports between one month
and two years; send stamps rather than SASE;
he provides return envelopes with their own letterhead)

So far, they haven't acknowledged each other
and it's beginning to rain like hell.

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The following comments are for "Wading through the Poet's Market"
by johnlibertus

John Libertus~ The Writers Ark
This is simply brilliant.


( Posted by: williamhill [Member] On: September 25, 2005 )

John L
I especially loved:

"Usually reports between one month
and two years;"

This was great... similar feelings when reading the Writer's Market as well.

Good luck!


( Posted by: FeliciaStone [Member] On: September 26, 2005 )

Poet's Market
This is a great teaching tool for me and I would love to share this with the poetry workshop I'm involved with in my home town...Oh how I wish I had of and had time to study the art more closely, this is such a great site and I have started collecting "keepers" to learn by, this will be added to my collection.


( Posted by: Robinbird [Member] On: September 27, 2005 )

Clever as Hell
John ~ Appearantly I was out while you were in (and now that I'm in you're out), which is how I missed this while it was still a new post.

I really like it -- your metaphoric characters are memorable and deftly drawn. Hugely enjoyed "the aesthetics of lesser-known obscenities" and "the calculus of experience" -- yes indeedy.

It's ironic, isn't it, that despite the broad emphasis on revolution, modernism, newness, in a field like poetry, all it's offerings seem so stale?

Yet you, sir, remain fresh as ever, and it's a quality I miss.

( Posted by: hazelfaern [Member] On: November 12, 2005 )

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