The Argotist Online
(Editor, Big Bridge)
is a poet, songwriter, and editor and publisher of
Big Bridge magazine. His poems have been published widely in small press publications, including
Berkeley Poetry Review, Exquisite Corpse, Milk, Golden Handcuffs
Review, Jacket, Prague Literary Review, Tricycle, and Zen
Monster. His poetry books include Man/Woman, a collaboration with Joanne Kyger,
The Paris Journals (Fish Drum Press), Monk Daddy (Blue Press), Unhurried Vision (La Alameda/University of New Mexico Press), and most recently
CHOOSE, Selected Poems (Big Bridge Press). He is also author of the novel
Punk Rockwell (Tropical Press). Michael Rothenberg has edited the selected works of Philip Whalen, Joanne Kyger, David Meltzer and Ed Dorn (Penguin Books) and the Collected Poems of Philip Whalen (Wesleyan University Press). His newest book of poems,
My Youth As A Train, will be published in Fall 2010 by Foothills
Of course the less books created to make a print run then the less books that
need to be sold to recover costs. This could be a positive change for Poetry
projects since poetry books don't sell very well.
As long as poetry creates schools and movements the more likely there will be
change and creativity. Unfortunately people act badly on behalf of their
particular school or movement and are not as embracing of individual expression
as they should be. I like both representational and abstract art and don't see
that having diverse tastes shows a lack of commitment on my part.
A: Poetry publishers always need assistance, even low cost production has to be managed by an organization, there are many more costs than actually production costs if a publisher is going to keep up the good work.
The Internet is not a replacement for print. Any more than a cyber-mate is a replacement for a real lover. At least that is how I feel about love ...
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