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December 14, 2011


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Back in the day (I know this sound old), Cleveland Poetry Center was one of the go-to spots to try to fix one's manuscript up, and send it off to them hoping they would publish you. It had a great reputation. And I applaud them for the wide range over the years. I think Tim Seibles was published there. Michael's comments here on what is being picked was quite interesting though I suspect not that encouraging for some writers who have never been published. How does one get their work pulled out of hundreds of collections by graduate students? Years ago, I sent in a collection, and got a nice note (though a rejection). They actually wrote a note, though which one doesn't normally receive today. He did not mention e-books (most poetry publishers don't), so I am still wondering if there is an e-book effort anywhere of significance in poetry. Do poets simply have to have the text in their hand? He talked about getting more books out on shelves. Not a lot of shelves these days due to the digital movement. Overall I was impressed with his confidence as an editor.

Lucie! As usual, I am waiting until the very last minute and AGONIZING over my annual PUSHCART list, but while I'm trying to focus on younger poets who have probably never received nominations before, much less appeared there, at the very top is one poem--and I do these by poems, not by authors, and many of the people I list I don't even know--is stunned me. Stunned me. And made me thoroughly guilty of the sin of coveting. Do you think the nomination will help save my eternal soul? ;-)

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman

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