Richard Nash is a very smart guy...

... and it's always interesting to see what he's up to. He's the guy over at SoftSkull Press (along with some other very smart, very interesting folks too) and the latest offering is a subscription based poetry series.

Here's the link to the site that talks about it.

There have been others who've done this for their own novels, but I don't think a publisher has done this for poetry. Given that poetry is truly a labor of love (ie not only no money, negative money) this sounds like a pretty good idea.

If any of you do subscribe I'll be interested in hearing your comments.

(Thanks to the purrrrfect GalleyCats for the link)


Ms. Librarian said...

There's a great free website called Poetry Daily (http://www.poems.com/ ). You can sign up for a free email newsletter and get a poem in your email box every day.

Anonymous said...

The modern poetry that I've seen has been pretentious and like a big chunk of prose that has been cut and pasted to fit poetry format. So I sort of gave up on it. I can't see myself forking out for a subscription to a poetry site or fiction site. I like to know what I'm buying before I buy it.

Sal said...

When I meet folks who don't like modern poetry, I ask them, before they give up on modern poetry entirely, to take a look at Billy Collins, our former poet laureate.

My son sent an e-mail a while back, asking me if I could point him to a Collins poem I'd read to him. This one: Litany

Here are some links to more.

I've always liked this one too: Questions About Angels. The poem starts like this:

Of all the questions you might want to ask
about angels, the only one you ever hear
is how many can dance on the head of a pin.

No curiosity about how they pass the eternal time
besides circling the Throne chanting in Latin
or delivering a crust of bread to a hermit on earth
or guiding a boy and girl across a rickety wooden bridge.

Do they fly through God's body and come out singing?
Do they swing like children from the hinges
of the spirit world saying their names backwards and forwards?
Do they sit alone in little gardens changing colors?

What about their sleeping habits, the fabric of their robes,
their diet of unfiltered divine light?
What goes on inside their luminous heads? Is there a wall
these tall presences can look over and see hell?


rebel without a clue said...

You want poetry
Get iTunes, man.
Rock and Roll,
That's the new poetry,
Rock and Roll!
Let's hear it for the Future!
Let's hear it for Century 21!
Coleridge is dead, man,
Haven't you heard?
Rock and Roll!

Bernita said...

Songs always were.

dink said...

I'm a co-ed of a online poetry magazine. We are linked to a long-time small press. We actively support and promote other small presses.

I think the subscription idea is interesting and creative. This particular package wouldn't temp me because I usually discover a poet and then want to buy his work. If I'm not fully engaged by a poet I don't want to read a book's worth.

I've read and liked a couple of the poets in this subscription bundle, others I've heard of-- maybe read a poem, the rest I don't know at all.

It'd be lovely to be able to select your own subscription bundle from say a list of books.

Anyway, the basic idea has possibilities I think.

Thanks for passing this along.

Nightfahl said...

Modern poetry is much like modern fiction. There are gems to be found (thank you, Sal,for the Litany link) , but you have to sift through a lot to find them. So often you're left staring wondering how on earth something managed to get printed.
When I'm looking for something new, I usually find myself perusing Poetry Daily. If I find someone I like, the I seek more of their stuff.
This package of 4 books of writers I've never seen poem-1 from...I'm not willing to risk the $ that easily. Perhaps if it was more of a variety/sampling. ie. you must receive X many poems that they have selected, but then, over the course of the subscription, you get to choose X many poems from the writer of your choice on their list.
THAT, I'd be willing to spend money on.

spaulson said...

sal: Thanks for the links! I think I've found a new favourite poet.

Anonymous said...

Miss Snark,

Just found this on 'the way there', which is Monica Jackson's blog:
"Anna G is such a font of informative blog topics lately that somebody accused her of being Miss Snark (rumor has it Miss Snark isn’t a person at all, but either a team of Snarkling advice givers or some sort of new fangled Japanese computer robot)."


Whoops! Another keyboard gone. Sorry about not e-mailing, but you don't respond to my questions and I've only just realized that it's because I don't use my 'name' account but an anonymous one with a silly name. I thought before that the 'name' e-mail applied only to people sending you queries.

I prefer to contact you anonymously, since you function that way y'self.

Best regards. You have become a legend.

Charlie Anders said...

Richard is a very shrewd person, and he's committed to finding ways to making less-popular types of publishing projects viable. As some of the other commenters pointed out, modern poetry isn't universally loved, especially if it's weird, or too experimental, or too much like prose. But there are people who love the type of poetry that Soft Skull puts out, and if those people take advantage of this subscription deal, it'll definitely create a more sustainable model. The tricky thing is getting people to be so loyal to Soft Skull that they'll assume they'll like everything Soft Skull puts out.

Anonymous said...

Where are you? You don't WRITE...you don't CALL...

K said...

I've always had a bit of trouble with poetry...

Bernita said...

People, another tribute to Miss Snark!
Picture perfect!
Lady M made a Miss Snark book cover ( www.ladymwrites.blogspot.com/)