gratis accepistis, gratis date

Someone who knows who they are writes (not very helpfully, in my view, at this point, but we won’t quibble):

Have you ever looked at Bill Knott’s work online? A rare example of an established poet who could get published anywhere, but who chooses instead to make everything freely available at his own site, for reading, copying or downloads. So kind of the opposite approach to most poets online. Bookslut interview. 

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Nic Sebastian

Nic is the author of Forever Will End On Thursday and Dark And Like A Web. She founded the now-archived Whale Sound site and is co-founder of The Poetry Storehouse. Nic blogs at Very Like A Whale and Voice Alpha.

6 thoughts on “gratis accepistis, gratis date”

  1. Like Mr Knott, I make all my poetry available online etc, etc. However, I don’t think this example offers you any solutions: Bill Knott is an established, and well-regarded, poet who has chosen for his own reasons to do this – he already has a platform to attract people to his webspace and thus to his poems. For those of us without that platform (name recognition, kudos among our peers, etc) the solution he offers is not so attractive.

    I do it because I’m a nascent curmudgeon who’s crap at socialising and networking – those essential tools for people wanting to build their own poetic platform. But if you’re keen to play the Great Game, hoping to win Fame’n’Fortune’n’stuff, then it’s probably not something you should emulate. Just yet.

  2. To tell the truth, am not yet entirely sure just what I am hoping for from this whole poetry endeavor, so I guess all solutions are temporary ones after a fashion, pending resolution of that extra-large question.

  3. OK, now I’m singing: Purple brain, purrple braaiiin…

    Here’s a comment from Steve that got stuck in my spam queue. I saw it just as I hit “delete all” and just managed to copy onto the clipboard before it vanished into spam ether with the real spam. Not sure what the Akismet spam-killer was thinking:

    Steve S |

    Bill Knott is probably not a person to be emulating in terms of public presentation unless one likes being very unhappy.

    Not Spam — Nov 25, 5:39 AM

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