Here it is--the first post. What I hope this blog becomes is a place to review and promote new poetry by up-and-coming poets. It's a hard world for poets, because honestly, most people just don't care, and those that do seem to be interested in one of two things: 1) the well-anthologized classic poets that everyone knows and studies; or 2) their own poetry. Why does no one follow new books of poems the way they follow new novels or biographies? My guess is that firstly, a vicious circle is in play: its hard to get new poetry noticed, so no one promotes it, so no one notices it. The poetry section in bookstores is tiny as it is; there's not much room on the shelf between the critical literary editions and the themed anthologies. Secondly, people who love poetry are kind of wary of unknown poets. I admit, that judgement is based solely on myself. But face it--a lot of poetry that gets written is actually pretty bad, and trawling the Internet for new poetry will likely turn up dross penned by self-absorbed amateurs. It's hard for quality poetry to keep its head above the swill, and as a result, readers have to do a lot of sifting to find something good. What I'd really like is a source where someone reviews new collections and recommends them (or not) with a quick glimpse at style, tone, and subject matter, some excerpts, and some comparisons to other poets.
So here you go.
If you are a publisher I invite you to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org concerning recent titles, so long as they are available on Amazon. In the mean time, I'll post some thoughts on poets and poetry in general and in particular.