The same goes for painters, dancers, song writers...trying to become a published writer is sort of like trying to become a rock star... the ones who are recognized aren't necessarily the best.
i just purchased a book this morning, in fact, by a writer who has succeeded in finding his own style and voice and is goddamned intelligent too.
i'm really looking forward to reading it.
so there's hope, huh?
there's hope for poetry in this world yet. ;)
today i see a clash between people who write very safe university style poetry following very particular university style guidelines and those who attend the bukowski school of how to write poetry and then emulate his style as closely as possible and usually badly.
... And I would imagine that only the most heartless son-of-a-bitch of an untalented editor could have possibly failed to respond favorably. ...
Speaking of Grapes - ;) - in the mid 90's I would send poems to Jack Grapes who published ONTHEBUS. His rejection form was an "invitation" to attend his "writing workshop" ($$$). Maybe I needed it, but I never took him up on it.They don't look at the work objectively. It's all about reputation and connections. That's been the case forever. That's not sour grapes speaking, it's reality.