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How to get your pamphlet reviewed

 ‘Is it true – what Shelley writes me that poor John Keats died at Rome of the Quarterly Review?’ [Letter from Byron to John Murray, 26 April 1821]

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Guest — Billy Mills
I review poetry, especially small press poetry, that takes my interest, as a labour of love. You could try me.
Sunday, 04 December 2016 22:25
Guest — Nell Nelson
Other way around Billiy -- pick a pamphlet, read some examples of what's required, send me an OPOI (not longer than 350 words with... Read More
Monday, 05 December 2016 18:34
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SOME OF THE REASONS

I find liking poetry more difficult than I used to. What a confession!

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ARE YOUR POEMS RANK AMATEURS, OR TRUE PROFESSIONALS?

It’s a trouble-making question.

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Guest — Antony Mair
Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? and I suspect it might be. Like you, though infinitely less eminent in the poetry world,... Read More
Sunday, 23 June 2013 11:22
Guest — Nell Nelson
Also, you're not an American poet, I think, so . . . All mine but one were minusses. I am a true amateur.
Sunday, 23 June 2013 14:11
Guest — Antony Mair
On that basis, I'm just wondering whether they haven't put the mechanism in reverse, which would restore both yours and mine to th... Read More
Sunday, 23 June 2013 20:54
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POETS – EMERGING, EMERGED OR EMERGENCY?

I think of them as dragon-flies, some of the fastest flying insects in the world.b2ap3_thumbnail_A_verticalis.jpg

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Guest — Rosemary Badcoe
It's an interesting exercise, though as you say seems to miss a lot of the modern methods of becoming known, and I find it a pity ... Read More
Sunday, 21 April 2013 13:59
Guest — Nell Nelson
I don't think it emphasises being known over getting better at the art. It simply clarifies that by 'emergence' it means the proce... Read More
Sunday, 21 April 2013 14:11
Guest — Kim Moore
I really enjoyed reading this. I think it's quite interesting - and a very useful clarification too between 'emergence' and 'art'.... Read More
Sunday, 21 April 2013 16:45
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WISDOM COMES WITH WINTERS

Or so, allegedly, said Oscar Wilde. As snow gusts past my window, so does the flurry of tasks for this morning.

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Not sure if it's good etiquette to reply to this, but given that "poets need to be online" I'd better have a stab. I think my exc... Read More
Sunday, 28 November 2010 21:32
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Saint Britta, whose story is lost

Someone in the Post Office (where I was spending a small fortune posting boxes and packets of pamphlets) referred to this lovely 'Indian Summer' -- that term we use to describe a period of warmth and sunshine, after 'summer' is officially over. It's been gorgeous this week, though in Scotland, this morning, it has given way to thick grey cloud again. Why Indian? I thought I'd look it up.

Immediately I discovered it wasn't a 'true' Indian summer this last week. True Indian summer has to be after the first proper frost, so we're talking October or November. And anyway, the term 'Indian' summer only began to be widely used in the UK, according to Wikipedia, in the twentieth century, when American influence became more potent than European, the 'Indian' deriving from Native American references.

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