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Friday, May 6, 2011

Vinyl Poetry

It's embarrassing to do two self-promoting posts in a single day, but on the other hand, let's get it over with.

Vinyl Poetry Issue 3 is up and running. It includes some beautiful work by Ocean Vuong, Anna Journey, Jehanne Dubrow and many more (including four poems by me.)

One thing that attracted me to Vinyl Poetry is its interesting submissions policy. Most of the poems it publishes are solicited, but if you want to submit anyway, you send them links to your work online at other journals, and if they are interested, they will contact you to see new work.

Wave Books is a book publisher that used to have a similar policy, in which you sent them your latest book and they kept it on their bookshelves for a year. They'd contact you if they wanted to see new work. Recently it seems that they are closed to submissions, but I thought it was an interesting way to go (and they say to stay tuned for updated information concerning submissions.)

Wave Books also has an interesting section on their website devoted to erasures, which is a recent interest of mine (see an earlier post on February 13). You can make an erasure online using texts they've prepared, and you can also access a list of erasure poetry books.

Anyway, back to Vinyl, I sent them links to my online poems after a poet whose work I love appeared in their second issue, and they did contact me. So give it a try.

Check it out if you are so inclined.

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