how do you feel about self-promotion, o poet?

Rob Mackenzie is asking over at the Magma blog. Interesting comments thread – mostly UK poets, but the angst and challenges seem to be identical to those faced by US poets.

I agree with the commenter who said (in so many words) that we need to stop trying to pretend that poetry is a commercially viable proposition. It just isn’t. But that inaccurate paradigm dictates so much of the discussion about poetry publication and poetry promotion.

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2 thoughts on “how do you feel about self-promotion, o poet?

  1. jessiecarty says:

    i’m always torn about self-promotion. will i’ll like to have readers, i don’t promote specifically with the thought of sales; i try to think more of finding readers and/or a community who might stop by my blog/facebook etc and chat :)

  2. Definitely a dilemma. I like to see is a balance between self-promote and group-promote, and most poets I admire seem to make the balance pretty fairly.

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