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Poetry writers will never object to being published but it’s not our real reason for writing poetry. We write because we have these pictures and lines rolling around in our heads and we are never satisfied until we get it down on paper. You might compare us to alcoholics who are compulsive and addicted. Poetry writers have a compulsion for getting the words on paper before they slip away forever.

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 Even though it’s not the main reason we write the hope to be published is always there. Even Emily Dickinson who wrote her poetry in secret seemed to have it in mind. No writer has ever been offended, to my knowledge when his or her writings were in print. And write we do, though it might be of no consequence to anyone else but the writer. Poetry writers have little chance of ever making a name for themselves. Poetry does not sell. The majority of people do not understand it, and have no desire to. Poetry is for the few and far between.

But do we let that stop us? No, we write more prolifically than ever. Look at the magazines and see what they are publishing? Roughly they print 98% non fiction and not quiet a half percent of poetry. So where do we get our poetry published? The literary quarterlies do sometimes publish poetry, mostly without payment but sometimes with an “honorarium,” although there are two excellent poetry tabloids, The American Poetry Review and Poetry Now.

Poetry does get published, though not on the terms poetry writers would like. Poetry writers don’t turn to poetry to get rich. Poetry writers write as alcoholics drink, compulsively, and for it’s own sake. We have things to say that can only be said in poetry. When we get it right our own satisfaction is enough. And sometimes there are bonuses. A few checks here and there shows us our words are appreciated by someone. How can we fail to rejoice in it?

All writing is writing and all of it is part of an exploration. And poetry, just as non fiction, requires collecting material and information. A good poem must have every line, every word, chosen into it. We used to be told we must write poetry with rhyme and meter, but free verse is now in vogue so we are free to do pretty much what we want. The following is a poem in free verse written by Myra Cohn Livingston.

The Sun is Stuck

The sun is stuck

I mean, it won’t move

I mean, it’s hot, man, and we need a red-hot

poker to pry it loose

Give it a good shove and roll it across the sky

And make it go down

So we can be cool,

Man.

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69 Responses to “Poetry Writers Published”
  • Val Mills
    April 8th, 2010 at 2:25 am

    This is so true. Thank you for writing it, Ruby. In my writing group we have some talented, amazing poets, who occasionally get work published or win competitions, for no payment. I would be ashamed to admit to them that I make the occasional few cents with my quickly dashed poetry on Triond. I am not in their league and yet, even though it is only a few cents, earn more than they do. You’ve helped promote an awareness of poets here.

  • Teves
    April 8th, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Nice info…

  • wonder
    April 8th, 2010 at 2:52 am

    Every line of yours is evoking a thought, may end up in poetry that comes more easily to me.
    There is more to ponder in between the lines, a lovely article.

  • Temjen Imchen
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:34 am

    Writing poem is an expression of writer inner voice and it comes naturally on its own, which you have termed it as compulsive. Its true, its an act of compulsive outpouring and that gives the beauty and life to this art.

  • deep blue
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:20 am

    Nice insight on the ordeals of a poet. Nice one, Ruby.

  • Jimmy Shilaho
    April 8th, 2010 at 5:02 am

    Nice

  • Reilley
    April 8th, 2010 at 5:31 am

    As a poet, this, of course, hits home. I’ve addressed this topic myself, in poetry of course. Excuse the self promotion if I post a link here:

    http://authspot.com/poetry/poets-starve/

  • Shamyl
    April 8th, 2010 at 6:36 am

    An insightful article. Good job.

  • ashan1614
    April 8th, 2010 at 7:03 am

    I am currently working at getting a volume of my poetry published and on the market. I’m in the process of editing at the moment but look for the book later this year (hopefully by summer). It is called “More Than Words: A Life Journey In Poems”.

  • Alive11
    April 8th, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Well presented stuff

  • Guy Hogan
    April 8th, 2010 at 7:28 am

    I’m not a poet but I think I do understand the compulsion to write. And I can relate to what you’re saying here.

  • Jo Oliver
    April 8th, 2010 at 7:51 am

    Thank you, interesting read.

  • Christine Ramsay
    April 8th, 2010 at 8:35 am

    I must admit that I am always surprised that anyone reads my poetry. I have just accepted that it will never earn me anything much but I enjoy writing poetry for the pleasure of it. A very good article.

    Christine

  • Frances Lawrence
    April 8th, 2010 at 9:32 am

    I love reading and writing poetry, I think it meets a need that nothing else can in quite the same way.

  • Starpisces
    April 8th, 2010 at 10:07 am

    one thing I like about poetry is, we can write whatever way we like, and leave it to readers to understand them, may not be perfect but must write not only from our mind, but also from our heart. Thanks Ruby for sharing your thoughts here.

  • Versatile Artist
    April 8th, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Poetry has a place in the writing world just like stories and article or even what Steven King does.Though I can write all three,poetry holds a special place in my heart since it was the first thing I wrote years ago.Now its with a different style and more choice of topics.I could care less about money made or seeing my work published and be famous.I do it because it gives me an outlet for my many thoughts and thats enough.Your article was thought provoking and very much truthful,a pleasure to read.

  • Moses Ingram
    April 8th, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    I enjoy both reading and writing poetry but agree that it isn’t a big seller.

  • Annie Hintsala
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Yep, a poets life is a hard one. Or a great one. Depends on what you value :)

  • 8Shei8
    April 8th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Another great insights Ruby! You have to love what you do.

  • Authoress Terry E. Lyle
    April 8th, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    What an insightful article.

  • Shirley Shuler
    April 8th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    You are so right, Ruby, poets write because they have to and I love what I do. Thank you for this article!

  • martie
    April 8th, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    I greatly admire talented poets. I have no such talents.

  • Snooky
    April 9th, 2010 at 7:51 am

    My poetry speaks for all sides of me
    some will not but some will see
    as for your article ruby
    I do agree

  • Anuradha Ramkumar
    April 9th, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Another excellent article from you, Ruby. I think I too can start writing poetry. Let me give a try.

  • Adam Henry Sears
    April 9th, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Excellent! I agree that poetry should have more importance in the world of literature, considering the amount of dedication it takes to perfect the crafting of it. It would certainly put more pressure on most publishing houses to create in-house presses for poetry. That would make a huge difference on the quality and amount of poetry that is read in the world. Heck, it might even help the average person decide to read it. Oh well. That’s life. Thanks for sharing, and have a good one.

  • PR Mace
    April 9th, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    You are so right, we write poetry for ourselves. I have noticed it doesn’t do as well as stories or articles but there are times it just has to come out.

  • Aiyanna
    April 10th, 2010 at 4:23 am

    Well written and you have really judged poets well… Its so true, you just get the whiff of inspiration and you churn out so many within a span of minutes…
    It just a way of expressing yourself in rhymes and only a few people actually understand the real hidden meaning of the words on paper for the answer to the words lie in the mind of the poet who know for who and why it was written and in what context. The reader just assumes the meaning of the words put forth out there in paper…. :)

  • obikelvin
    April 10th, 2010 at 8:18 am

    You’re a prolific writer.Keep the flame burning.

  • Melody SJAL
    April 10th, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Yes, I write poetry simply because I love to and feel compelled to do so.

  • Mary Patricia Bird
    April 10th, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Great article, Ruby. Like Val, we also have some great poets in our writing group. One in particular has been published (a couple of books) and has won spoken word contests. He speaks so well poetically. He helped me with that poem I posted called “Unknowing”. That’s why it’s so good. LOL! Actually, he only helped me place the line breaks. I actually wrote the poem… one of my best. Wish I could come up with more like that one.

  • LilRoastBeef
    April 10th, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Very true…i ejoyed this article!! Thanks

  • Sasha Brown
    April 10th, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Just the thought of having to express our-self and ideas in a poem and have friends read is a Hugh accomplishment. Triond has given us a mean of feeling like we are doing something worthwhile.

  • Mr Arrogant
    April 10th, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Lovely article
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    I really liked it
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    good effort
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    well done
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    looks like you’re really a good writer
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    thanks for sharing this article
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    Regards,
    From Mr Arrogant
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    :)

  • jennifer eiffel01
    April 11th, 2010 at 1:45 am

    I’m learning to write different forms of poetry. When I finally get a good one, I will try to get it published on Triond.

  • Kate Smedley
    April 11th, 2010 at 5:03 am

    Very good article Ruby, you are right, we write poems because it’s therapy/compulsive, whatever, but never for money!… I loved Myra Cohn Livingston’s poem, I’ve not read it before.

  • yes me
    April 11th, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Really liked this Ruby. cheers

  • T.Rex McGoogle
    April 11th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    A very well done poem by one of the best wordsmiths here.

  • MartineP
    April 11th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    It is a great article and I do get a feeling that poets are often addicts, since they are the ones publishing several a day here on Triond. Still I write some occasionally, but I am not sure if it is where I am good at. Most of my poems do not get much traffic, so I guess I am not much of a poet.

  • Holly J. Harrington
    April 11th, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Brava! So true, so true. One thing is that poets are very complex and their work is awesome.

  • Louie Jerome
    April 11th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    I have written poetry since I was 7 years old but I rarely make any of it public. I have a handful of humerous poems published online and in real life paper magazines, but the deep, soul searching stuff is far too precious for me to scatter all over the internet.It’s private!

    I do have a few favourite poets like Keats, Wordsworth and Shelley for example but I rarely read poetry on Triond unless I know the talent of the author.

  • Purnomosidhi
    April 11th, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Poetry lovers must read your article. So, poetry master is drunken master :-) I like the way you explain that poetry writing is psychological need fulfillment for the writer. Good presentation of perspective!

  • D R Byford
    April 12th, 2010 at 6:36 am

    Check out my pieces please,
    tell me what u think, thanks.

  • heyjude
    April 12th, 2010 at 7:17 am

    what an excellent poem it is!

  • mikafata
    April 12th, 2010 at 7:55 am

    through poems people share their feelings, inner world and their spirit… and it is very interesting to read “the world of people”, because each of them are magnificient.

  • simplyoj
    April 12th, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Thanks for doing this article about poetry. I love poetry and published some poems here in Triond.

  • Hazel Crowther
    April 12th, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Well done a nice piece, enjoy your writing and have others enjoy it too.

  • David De Jesus
    April 12th, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Beautifully written. You hit right on the head. We write because we see things through a different set of EYES.

    The Blind Man Said

    I See, I See, I See
    And I pray the Lord
    To give You eyes
    To see as good as me

  • Tina Cassello
    April 12th, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    I like what you said in the article and the poem you closed with is quite. We have more outlets for poets here in Chicago than I had ever known existed. The college students are really taking to it big time. All of the colleges have journals that publish poetry, (not for pay though like you point out), and there are poetry readings every weekend at coffee shops around the city. I must say I don’t like much of the poetry that is being written by these young people, some is vulgar, some sound so abstract they must have been on dope when they wrote it, but there is some good stuff being written. I will be reading a poem or two of mine at a Poetry Cram at Poetry Fest on April 24 at our main library. It will also be recorded for Chicago Amplified by WBEZ radio.

  • silentbob14
    April 12th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Yeah it’s all great ;]

  • RS Wing
    April 12th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    I agree and how ironic.

  • Aaron Paul Hicks
    April 12th, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Fab work and very inspiring, i love to dabble now and again, not sure how it all looks to the reader but i enjoy putting my thoughts down in print,
    best regards Aaron :)

  • Borneon
    April 13th, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    I think the important thing is you enjoy the poetry that you wrote and make sure it comes from your heart and soul. love this article!

  • Yalonda
    April 13th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Very well said!

  • Stefanie012308
    April 13th, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    I agree 100%. Very well written. I have been writing compulsively since I was in second grade. I have thousands of loose leaf content. Writing is a part of me, it always will be. Poetry is in my blood.
    However,
    I wouldnt complain if I made a few $ in the process lol

  • jessieagudo8
    April 14th, 2010 at 1:03 am

    Thanks for sharing…

  • A.L.Smith
    April 14th, 2010 at 6:07 am

    Well said. All poetry writers know exactly what you mean

  • drelayaraja
    April 14th, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Great effort..

  • Lena Brown
    April 14th, 2010 at 10:51 am

    I love your work Ruby, just absolutely love your work!!!

  • Uma Shankari
    April 14th, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    I have read so much of your work here, but have I read your poetry? I really don’t know….must check.

  • petercurtis97
    April 15th, 2010 at 7:49 am

    Yes a good view of poetry is special to me. I realise I have written stacks of poems but on another site, perhaps I could select some for here, thanks for reminding me.

  • Vikram Chhabra
    April 15th, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Sounds so much like me…:)

  • ken bultman
    April 15th, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Looks like you hit a happy nerve with this one. I’m with Uma…have you posted a poem?

  • highpriestess
    April 15th, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    MAGIC WORDS
    GLOW, GLOW THE MAGIC WORDS YOU CHANT
    FROM PEN OF SACRED INK THEY RANT
    AND ALL OF BLACK RETURNS TO WHITE.
    IN VERSES OF SWEET MUSIC, BEAT,
    BEAT THE MAGIC WORDS REPLETE,
    WITH REVERSING GLOOM AS SHADOWS RETREAT
    AND ALL THE DARKNESS VOID OF ‘SIGHT’
    FADES TO YOUR UTTERANCE OF LIGHT.
    GLOW, GLOW THE MAGIC WORDS YOU CHANT.

  • Laptop65
    April 15th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    This is interesting also:

    http://scienceray.com/earth-sciences/geology/when-will-the-yellowstone-supervolcano-erupt/

  • dreww666
    April 15th, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    I’M A POET BUT I NEVER WRITE ANYTHING DOWN AND I ALWAYS FORGET WITHIN 20 MINUTES!!!!
    It sucks :(

  • Lee Park
    April 15th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Really liked your article! Care to check out mine?

  • Judy Sheldon
    April 15th, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Ruby, I agree with what you have written wholeheartedly. I was a published poet at the age of ten, have had several poems published since but have only been paid a few cents here and there by Triond for writing poetry, but it is a compulsion. I must write. Thoughts come tumbling out and need to be written down. Many times I have no paper so lose my thoughts. We are not allowed pen and paper at work. Sometimes when doing chores, poetry floods the mind, but I have to get my task done. You know what I mean. I’ve enjoyed many of your poems, so I know you understand.

  • Will Gray
    April 15th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    I have had two books of poetry self-published. I only sold 20 copies combined and four were to our local library. This time I spent six months writing and finalizing what I consider my mastepiece manuscript, containing many diffrent subjects and many forms and styles of poetry. I decided to hold out for a contract publisher. I sent my manuscript to six publishing houses. Lo and behold, A month ago I was picked up by a publishing house, signed a contract with decent royalties and I just heard from then today. They have designed the artwork for the book jacket and I approved it along with a final proof read. My book will begin publishing Monday the 19th. They will send it to all the on-line booksellers, major book stores such as Barnes & Noble and many other places. I had to agree, very willingly, to appear puiblicly for book signings and readings. I am so exited. I have been writing all my life and I am 51 years old. I do not expect to get rich or even make a largge sum of money. Just knowing I have become a poet with a real book out there for the world to see is all the satisfaction I need. As you said, it is an addiction. I write every day. It is my passion. I could not exist without writing. I even carry around a small voice activated recorder with me when inspiration comes, which does not take much for me. Thanks so much for your wonderful article!

  • ronthoughts
    April 16th, 2010 at 2:27 am

    Amazing write from a real pro!
    You’ve done it always, Ruby.
    your ever-well wisher,
    ron

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