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Getting your poetry published

‘OVERPUBLICATION IS A TERRIBLE THING’

Shakespeare said it first. Or at least Don Paterson’s version of Shakespeare’s sonnet 102 did:

That love is merchandized, whose rich esteeming
The owner’s tongue doth publish everywhere.

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IF I DON'T MAKE MY MEANING PLAIN

'Oh now I have hit it,' said Don Quixote; 'thou wouldst say thou art so docile, tractable, and gentle that thou wilt take what I say to thee, and submit to what I teach thee.'

Except there are many Sancho-Panza Poets who won't.

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Raining poems

They are arriving from all quarters, by mail, by email, by Facebook, by hand, in my sleep and waking. Can't keep up. Ever felt like that? Yep. I thought so.

Then you calm down a bit and one little line or so gets through with its calm, quiet voice and things are all right again.

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How not to do it...

The prose publication I seem to have been writing for the last six months (well I have, never mind seems) is finally done. How (Not) to Get Your Poetry Published.

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How not to...

Someone else is stealing my thunder.

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Competitions

Competitions are springing up all over the place. Competitions in competition with competitions.

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