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Essays. Poetics. Compiled by Stephen Corey and Warren Slesinger. In these essays, the editors of twenty literary magazines discuss the philosophy and practice of selecting poems. Written especially for this collection, each of the essays combines practical information with insightful commentary on the nature of writing and editing and contains an exemplary poem by a contemporary poet. Of interest to those who consider sending out their poems for publication as well as students, teachers, and poets in search of a reliable source of information for creative writing courses. Editors from the following magazines contributed to the revised edition: Alaska Quarterly Review, The American Poetry Review, The Arttioch Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal, The Carolina Quarterly, Chelsea, Crab Orchard Review, The Georgia Review, Hiram Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, The Laurel Review, Lesbian Review, Manoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing, Many Mountains Moving, New Letters
Posted October 27, 2003
This is a great book for poets who want to know more about what editors are looking to publish. The advice contained in the gathered essays is invaluable to anyone struggling with how, where, and when to submit material for publication. Not only that, the book becomes more meaningful with each reading as the advice of accumulated years experienced in the business pours forth from those who know it best. Poetry editors (and probably all editors) deserve and welcome their dilemma. Sifting clouds from sky is difficult and rewarding. Standout poems really do standout. I learned this working as an assistant poetry editor last year. Of all the poems I read, one really stood out. I read it early in the process of selection and many times throughout production. I kept a copy of the poem folded and mangled in my book bag. The first time I read it, my breath caught in my throat, tears welled, my heart beat faster, I lost my body in the sense of the poem, and its meaning for me did not require interpretation¿it just was. I have never tried to analyze this poem; perhaps this is why it has become part of me. In a sense, the poem has always been part of me. Reading a poem and feeling its unique energy flood my being and consume my life¿even if only for a moment¿is all the analysis I need to determine a poem¿s worth in my life. It's too bad poets have to earn a living; something about getting your foot in the door to be heard, something about picking and choosing between them (doors and poets) is so commercial and sad and sort of like taking cash for a tarot card reading. Spreading the Word eases the need for tarot card or crystal ball readings of future success--this book gives the goods on how to get published. Spread the word!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.