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Poetry thrives online: For sites without the poetry of April, National Poetry Month

Books and publications are doing well, despite the economic hard times. Poetry is doing well online. And poetry free online journals available through literary and publishers of electronic books, offers a way to help those who want, or maybe, shave their book budgets.

Eric Pfanner writing in the International Herald Tribune, examines how the bookstores and the publishing industry have continued to do well, despite the global recession. Apparently, this is especially true for continental Europe's libraries, but it is also true for the libraries in the U.S.. People still want to read either for pleasure and escape or for a better understanding of what is happening with the economy. Therefore turn to the books.

What about poetry? While the death touch for poetry has been heard many times, especially recently, poetry in particular, also takes place today, despite the economy. The flowering online publications, documented by the online Poetry Archive, among others (see Stephen Adams, writing for the Daily Telegraph. Literally hundreds of thousands of unique viewers out poetry. According to Adams, is seen in more than one million pages of poetry a month right in the site Poetry Archive. And that's just the British and Europeans.

In the U.S., the Poetry Foundation has a similar site that allows viewers to access a known and respected poets and poems, among others.

Without But Web-based literary magazines do not know geo-political borders. New arise periodically (eg, see West goes south.) Some are offered as Adobe PDF downloads, like poetry in the Midwest. Some online magazines regularly print the best of their sites, as Abramelin: The Journal of Poetry and Magic. Zeek offers another model growing in popularity, an online accompaniment to a printed magazine. Many long-established magazines also offer a line free print supplements its problems, including poetry.

While many companies, including Barnes & Noble and Amazon, try take advantage of e-books through sales of the e-book readers and licensed books, other editors have chosen a path more reminiscent of indie music labels on: provided free publication to promote poetry and poets. why vandalism? (No capitals) is a literary and artistic magazine which also publishes electronic books. The magazine and books are free for viewing. At present, why vandalism?, Has published only two years, offers five e-books.

His sixth book, The world behind it, Chaos, Michael Dickel (whose work has appeared in many of the sites listed here), is scheduled for late March, which happens to be the end of the small press the month and the start of National Poetry Month. Although TS Eliot line, "April is the cruelest month," April promises to be good for Dickel and why the vandalism?

Dickel The book demonstrates another principle of the online edition related to the economy. His book contains photographs and digital art, most of it in full color, the cost of publication that have driven the price of the book available to consumers. Thus, his work will, his poetry is read, and an audience will grow to know his work. Dickel said he had "to make money, do not expect to do as a poet. If people are familiar with my work maybe then also going to buy books from publishers, and be willing to pay the higher price to include art and poetry. "

All you have to do is search the word "poetry" on Google or Yahoo to see that, indeed, poetry is alive and well on the Internet. And, in large hand, available for free. Poetry not only thrives in the online community, which thrives in ways that are accessible to anyone with access to a computer and the Internet.

About the Author

Jacob Abrahamson is a writer, poet, and publicist.

West Goes South

Poetry Midwest


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