Two Really Good Essays about the Poetry Biz, by David Alpaugh
For those of you who are poets, or whose partners/close friends are poets I can’t recommend enough times that you check out these two articles. David Alpaugh and I are long-time colleagues in the poetry world; we were in the same poets’ workshop in Walnut Creek about 30 years ago. He was just getting started as a poet; his day job was in PR/advertising. It’s not surprising that he had an interest in analyzing poetry as a “biz”.
Here’s the link to “The New Math of Poetry” at The Chronicle of Higher Education: http://www.chronicle.com/article/The-New-Math-of-Poetry/64249
And here’s the link to “What’s Really Wrong With Poetry Book Contests” at Rattle: http://www.rattle.com/essay-whats-really-wrong-with-poetry-book-contests-by-david-alpaugh/
Be prepared to rethink everything about poetry!