Ok, I would like to explain some truths about Poetry.com and Lulu and many other vanity publishers.
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Vanity publishers have been around for many and many a year, they fulfill a great need in the publishing world, and nearly every politician on the planet uses vanity publishers, as well as ghost writers to get their ideas out. If anyone thinks these politicians write their own books, they need to go to Washington DC and if you are a decent writer, you can get many jobs ghost writing and that is a fact.
But about Poetry.com, it has been with us in various forms for many a year, and it is not about to go away anytime soon. Some writers hate it, but most writers of any level of intellegence use it to their advantage. ALMOST EVERY MAJOR WRITER ON THE PLANET got their start with Poetry.com or other vanity publishers, and that is also a fact.
I myself,even though I was selling poetry and fiction, used Poetry.com a couple of times, and yes I did order the book/annuals they sold, both I believe for $30.00. Each of the books was very well manufactured, some of the finest bound books and printed I have ever seen. They had hundreds of poems from unknown poets, I read both books, not cover to cover, but I read them a lot. They contain some of the finest poetry I have ever read, and were well worth the $30.00 to me. I still read both of them from time to time.
The idea, which is very simple and up front, is to have poets send in their poems, and they will publish it. They publish all of it they receive. Then they attempt to get the poets to purchase the books/annuals they publish. NOW WHO IN GODS WORLD AND IN THEIR RIGHT MIND is going to tell a poet their poem sucks, but please buy our book anyway? Only an idiot would even consider such honesty. It would be akin to Ligget and Myer telling people their cigarettes would give you cancer or CPOD and they will both kill you,, but please smoke anyway.
Oh yeh, the congress of the United States indeed did a deep investigation into Poetry.com, and in the end decided they indeed provided a greatly needed service to everyone except the cry babies.
I have to be honest in stating that I have NEVER READ A BAD POEM, I have read some I do not like, nor have I ever heard a bad song. Saying these things is just putting your best ignorance of public display, and there is NO DOUBT IN MY MIND ABOUT THIS FACT. Maybe you don't like such a poem, maybe you hate so and so song, but neither fact gives ANYONE the right to say it is not a good poem or a good song. I challange anyone to prove me wrong in these statements, you just can never do it. Never.
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