This article was a great reminder of why I spend so much time submitting my poetry and supporting poetry and writing in general. Number four on the list is my favorite:
“The poet who works at getting the poems out there is a member of the community of jobbing poets. It’s part of the apprenticeship, if you like. It’s an honourable striving. If the poems aren’t accepted, the effort is no less praiseworthy. Besides, you’re going to stick at it. You’re going to send them somewhere else. There are many publications for your messages in a bottle to float away to.”
Definitely check out Helena’s small UK press HappenStance. You can subscribe or purchase poetry pamphlets.
“The press mainly publishes first collections from UK poets (there are exceptions). We are based in Scotland and each year a couple of the publications are by Scottish or Scotland-based writers. Most of the poets, however, live and work in other parts of Britain. More details can be found in the various chapters of The HappenStance Story, available free to subscribers.”