where do you want your work
There have been a few comments on this site, and on others, about submissions, and how not to respond to a rejection. So let’s just forget about those pesky rejections. They don’t matter. What I would like to know is where are you submitting? Why are you submitting there? My latest acceptance was at TYPO. I’ve already talked them up, but I will do it again. It is my favorite magazine. Simple, all about the work. The poems wear their clothes well. But I am also submitting to University presses. They look good on the resume. Especially over here. No one knows TYPO, but if I am in the Yale Review, my life turns awfully good. Yale or Harvard equals success in Korea. To be published in either journal would make my life easier, my options would open up.
A bit of honesty here. I haven’t read most journals I submit to. I read who they have accepted, I read what they post online, but that is about it. I don’t think we, as poor poets, should be expected to buy every journal we hope to be included in. What, if the acceptance is less than 1%, you want me to buy 100 journals at 7 -15 bucks a pop, be fair. (being overseas, the library is not much of an option. But even if it was. I figure there are other ways to determine if I like a magazine. Simply, if they publish me, there will be at least one poem that I think rocks, and I suspect that if they think my work rocks, then they will surround it by others that they think rock, and I would be willing to bet that we agree on what rocks and because we do, most likely, the whole magazine will be full of rocks. They like me, I like them. Even if they say no, it does not even pebble, I don’t think that reading my work caused them pain, and if it did, I’d like to cause them more (is it wrong to make jokes about Franz? I hope not, bc that was some wacko stuff he wrote.).)
So who does read these things? How many journals do you subscribe to? I figure I buy around 10 per year. Conduit is the only one I subscribe to, and again, it isn’t a University press, just an independent I think is great. Bought a few 6X6 the other day, and will again, another great independent.
But most of my journal reading occurs online these days. Already mentioned TYPO, another great one is Octopus.
Just curious what your guys thinking is. Who are you shooting for? Why? What rules do you play by? What is the grail, and again, why?