The Emporium Gazette
Issue 36 -- April 2002
by Bob Nailor
One of the best marriages in the last few years has been the internet and, well, poetry! There are a plethora of websites available with poetry. Everyone seems to have put up a webpage with poetry on it. Of course, just like the medium it is on, some of it is good, some of it bad.
Bad poetry? No, not really. What I mean are bad sites for poets. A poet beware type site.
I was at one site, which will remain anonymous, that let you post your poetry for free. The caveat? They requested the rights to do with it as they saw fit -- off the net! In otherwords, you retained your rights on the internet, they got all the other rights -- including the right to publish it in book format.
I did some surfing and found many places for the frustrated poet to get the poems online.
My first and highly recommended way: Create your OWN website. Even if you don't know anything about how to go about it, for a few dollars, the next door neighbor kid can probably assist you. Or take a quick course at a community college.
Now, before I go any further. The following sites are: BEWARE. I'm not recommending any of them in any particular order. I get nothing from them. I found them online through search engines and did a preliminary view of the sites and first appearances seem okay. Again, be sure to read all the fine print and watch for what rights you're giving up.
Poetry Portal -- www.poetry-portal.com
How did I find these? I used a search engine and put in the words with quotes: "poetry online", "internet poetry", "poetry" -- the last one was really too much!
If you feel that using a search engine is too time consuming I suggest that you invest in an excellent book that I discovered, "2002 Poet's Market" put out by Writer's Digest Books. This book currently lists over 1800 markets for poetry - both online and paper.
Obviously there's scads of places for the poet to place his/her poetry. Some even pay, but not many, unfortunately. But the bottomline is: make your poetry available for the world to see.
Good luck and happy publishing.
Bob Nailor is author of "The Secret Voice," an Amish-Christian story, "Pangaea, Eden Lost," an adventure story, "Three Steps: The Journeys of Ayrold," a Celtic fantasy, and "2012: Timeline Apocalypse," an end-of-time tale. He is also included in several anthologies and collections. Check his website at www.bobnailor.com
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