It seems to me that refusing to consider blog-posted poems on the grounds that they constitute “previous publication” undermines the importance of the role of editor. It equates a blogger’s role with that of an editor. Reb made this point in her post and I find my thinking crystallizing around it.
One editor I corresponded with recently defined publication thus:
“I consider a work published if it’s been submitted to an editor who has chosen it.”
Which seems to me exactly right. Editors are creating a new product in their own right when they select pieces for their magazines. Each poem is one element of several they select to form a part of a new whole, the magazine.
Poet X’s work on PoetX.blogspot.com is just that. Poet X’s work in SmokeLong is something else entirely – part of a much larger thing called SmokeLong, which is the artistic production of Smokelong’s editor. Which in turn is the reason I pick up SmokeLong.
Refusing to buy SmokeLong because I already read Poet X’s work on PoetX.blogspot.com would be missing the point of editors entirely.
More on the whole blog-posted poems issue here.