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.
Editor Dave Bonta informs us that qarrtsiluni has updated its submissions guidelines to allow blog-posted poems if they appeared on the author’s own blog temporarily, or in an earlier version.
The revised guidelines are here. For editors’ comments, scroll down to the end here.
Dave and co-editor Beth Adams write: While we do want qarrtsiluni to be a repository of original writing, we also want to encourage the growth of a literary blogging culture, so writers shouldn’t feel that they can’t submit something simply because an earlier version of it appeared on their blog.
What they seem to favor is a middle-ground position that many established blogging poets seem to take — posting a draft poem for a short while, taking it down for further thought and revision, and not posting the final version.
Which brings me to confess that my own thinking on this issue has evolved to this very point over the past few months I have been absent from this blog. Although I was not writing, I was actively revising and I wanted to submit widely. In some cases to places that do not address the question of blog-posted poems in their guidelines (grrr). I guess I could have queried everyone ahead of time, but I just wasn’t in that mindset, with that degree of strategic patience, at that point (it’s a long story). So instead, I just searched ‘whale poem’ and deleted every last draft that appeared on this blog.
That’s what I did. (And some of those early versions badly needed deleting, frankly.)
And in future I’ll be doing the quick-temporary-post thing. Until things change again. Which I’m not saying they won’t.
Much much more on the whole blog-posted poem debate at this link.
Meanwhile, send in those insect poems to qarrtsiluni!
This is too funny, from Steve Schroeder.
That would be Reb.
I disagree too, with this.
“Nothing I can find by Googling.”
Suggestion for editors, courtesy of Steve Schroeder.
The blog-posted-poem discussion summarized here.
Here is a call for submissions that is music to these ears at least:
I do not desire material that has been previously published in other literary magazines, but stuff that’s been posted to personal blogs is fine.
Way to go! Clarity is all for the blogging poet. Blogging poets love editors who let poets know up front where they (the editors) stand on the blog-posted poem issue, so poets don’t waste editor-time or poet-time by submitting blog-posted poems to blog-posted-poem-haters.
How did I miss this from Kenneth Goldsmith at Harriet, the Poetry Foundation blog?
Hat tip: Reb. She and Sefton are going back and forth on the importance (or not) of editors in the comments section of this post below.