Earlier this summer, I made the personal commitment to send more of my poetry out to publishers and presses. My reluctance stemmed from the belief, right or wrong, that perhaps I had nothing to offer that discourse community. Making that step took some fortitude.
It has been several years since I was part of a college writing community, so I began by looking at journals I was familiar with.
The search has been heartbreaking. I realize that the economy has been poor. My husband is a realtor. It wasn’t like I could miss that memo. But to look up one journal after another and learn that they no longer publish, or went on extended hiatus has been frustrating and sad. The possible end to Chiron Review, one of the few Kansas presses, hit close to home. And I realize that I’m partially to blame. Like many, I wasn’t reading or subscribing either.
I know that many journals are caught between the advancements of technology and the aesthetic of artists that traditionally shy away from “machines.” Several of my professors eschewed anything more advanced than a typewriter. And yet there are some wonderful online entities that are actively sharing work.
So what can one lone poet do? I can encourage you to find your own journals to follow, to subscribe to, to read. Here are some suggestions:
Conte Journal of Narrative Poetry
Apple Valley Review