Some random notes. Mondays post on Amys blog was quite a read. Apparently she thinks the likes of yours truly & the people at PFS Post are up to something good. To her, admittedly brief, list of more "official" sites I'd like to add Dusie, edited by Susana Gardner out of Switzerland. A true delight currently reading submissions for the third issue. Also Softblow, edited by Cyril Wong in Singapore. Dusie is interesting in this context as it's editor, like myself, lives far from the majority of her readers. Hence the need for e-mail & the internet to attract submissions as well as readers &, not least importantly, to discuss poetry, politics & life with other practitioners. Yes, community. Without the internet & the possibility (fortunately growing) of electronic submissions I wouldn't have had the relative success I've had so quickly, simply because postage (although cheap here) would have been too exspensive in the long run, both in getting my own scribblings out & in attracting, & responding to, surprisingly many & enjoyable submissions. Not to mention imagining having having to mail out all these copies of paper issues, all of them overseas. Yikes.
Jim Behrle hid these 200 "sonnets" in the archives of Can We Have Our Ball Back? . Some of them are really cool. Yes, he can, when he puts his mind to it. But he takes the term sonnet back to its original meaning of "small sounds". & what's up with the new issue? Will there be no more than this?
Someone really should persuade Tom Beckett to submit these 21 poems for print chapbook publication. It seems that shouldn't be very difficult. Any takers?
Finally, thanks to Jonathan for this, & for highlighting some of the really crazy stuff. It makes me so happy to be an ocean away