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05 March 2010

"Publishing a volume of poetry ...

is like dropping a rose petal into the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo."

This is a quote attributed to Don Marquis (an American writer I'd never heard of before) in the comments section of The New Math of Poetry.

I'm sure he meant it as a reality check but to me, that's a lovely little image. One day I hope to have a little collection published and I will wait for that feeling – a gentle floating downward, maybe buoyed here and there by breezes.

And after reading that article, man! how glad I am that the UK's poetry world is so different from the US's. And how fortunate I am that the UK poetry world is where I submit. I wouldn't get involved with that US MFA BS for love nor money.

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