I am starting Abject Books to publish and review relevant poetry from living people, starting with an Anthology of several unknown poets.
I don’t have a particular theme in mind, but if, in my search for poems, a relevant or unique one emerges or presents itself – I may go in that direction.
I’d like to cultivate and inspire a broader interest in poetry among others. I don’t understand why such a potentially vital form of reaching people has fallen out of public use and interest so badly.
Even one of my favorite movies, Harold and Kumar go to White Castle, has one of its beloved main characters totally trashing some guy who will probably want to play Phish records and subject two beautiful young women to his awful poetry.
I like Phish. I like Poetry. I can also totally relate to Kumar here. There seems to be very little good poetry around; there seems to be very little interest in good poetry. The two are symptoms and causes of themselves.
There is a major flaw many regular people who write poetry share: we don’t read any! Most of us stopped reading poetry after we stopped school. In school we probably read some seriously old poetry.
What does poetry mean today? What SHOULD poetry mean today? Who do we even look up to as modern poets? The answer for the average person is the lonely sound of crickets…
I am looking for poetry submissions for an Anthology, which will be the first title for Abject Books. It will be an eBook offered on Amazon, Smashwords, and others. If all goes well, I might eventually look into physical editions.
I have no stylistic guidelines.
I have no thematic guidelines.
I have no sweeping decrees to make whatsoever, besides asking for pieces that are interesting. By this I mean pieces that would be interesting to other people. Can you submit a piece about your cat? Sure, but I’m not going to be interested in reading about how cute it is, and neither is anybody else — we all know that cats are cute! War poems? We know lots of people die and it’s bad, it would need to say something different or say it in a new way. Love poems? Love can be great/awful, but what else?
I will ask for shorter poems, at this point, because I wish to feature as many different things as possible.
Some guidance: Consider work that would be interesting or gripping to someone who is not already into poetry. I’m not aiming to serve a small niche, but trying to appeal to people that may not already be interested.
Poetry Submissions can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I would prefer .doc (Word 2003-2007) format attachments with “submission” in the subject line. A short bio and some contact information would be great. I will also accept .odt (openoffice and others). You can download OpenOffice for free at OpenOffice.org, or LibreOffice at LibreOffice.org.