Other people do it. I do, sometimes. I submit stuff, sometimes. Not a bad acceptance rate. I’m picky about what and where I submit.
I agree poetry should improve the bare page — or the bare screen, in most of the cases I’m familiar with these days. (Is there such a thing as a bare screen?) Three problems, though.
- “Be sure you read contemporary poetry.”
- “Posting drafts to an online workshop or blog is not previously published provided they’re removed prior to submission.”
- “Anything the editor can Google is previously published.”
Hm. Pretty well everything I consider worth publishing has been workshopped online, and not all workshops purge.
Ah well. I’ll just go ahead and delete whatever it is I choose to submit to Anti-.
In the meantime I have to go think about what I’m against in poetry. How would I know? Do I think about it enough? Is it even remarkable? I’m against unnecessary pretentiousness, but am not against denseness. I’m against sloppiness and too much self-obsession, but who isn’t? I’m against silly forms for forms’ sake, but like formal poetry when it’s really well done (which it rarely is these days). What else?
I dunno. What are you against, my reader(s)?