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5 August 2010


Ah, não pude deixar de postar esta obra prima aqui no meu blog. Editoras de Londres mandam escritores lerem esta página antes de considerarem a possibilidade de enviarem os seus poemas para serem publicados. É realmente uma idéia genial. Só não sei se realmente os que devem ler, lêem rsrs.

"Reading all the books you have bought

So you have acquired a few thousand new poetry books for your personal library (just kidding), and are wincing at all the money you have had to earn and spend on this stuff, now let’s consider reading it all.

Publishers come in all shapes and sizes, some, but not all, are interested in publishing work which significantly extends poetry. Opinion will be hotly divided on exactly how poetry is to be extended. However, most publishers will agree that new poetry should endeavour to be precisely that; new. It is often astonishing how poorly read aspiring poets are, and how many have failed the first hurdle to rise above their idols and pass beyond emulation into the realms of real writing – writing which has its context in the present, here in this very moment, addressing the current state of poetry and its practice and reception in the broad community of the living art. There ought to be a law about this:

“Poets are not allowed to submit a new manuscript until they have read two hundred single-author volumes of poetry, published since 1980.”
In fact, there ought to be several laws about it:

“Poets writing in the manner of the nineteenth-century Romantics are advised to seek publishers from the same era.”

So many submissions are too derivative to be worth publishing. We’ve read the originals and don’t need a karaoke version of Heaney, Plath or Larkin. Where poetry is concerned, regurgitation never aids digestion.

Perhaps the most frustrating thing for publishers is receiving manuscripts which clearly don’t fit their lists, addressed “To whom it may concern,” or “Dear Editor.” Sending the wrong material to someone you cannot be bothered to discover the name of and expecting some response other than the bin would be testing providence in the best of circumstances. Find out about the publishers you are wishing to submit to, learn about their editors, buy their books, read their poets, and discover for yourself whether your writing might be of interest to the publisher.

Never let your abstract desire to be published rush ahead of the desire to consume other people’s poetry. Being a reader is, in fact, far more important than being a writer. Remember to read beyond your own prejudices, the aspiring poet should read everything. Okay, not everything, just everything I publish."

Fragment from the following website: http://www.saltpublishing.com/info/submissions.htm#Dos%20and%20don'ts

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