The Current Paradigm


  1. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison December 22, 2011 at 3:51 pm .

    It&#39;s always puzzled me that self-publication is such anathema in American culture. Musicians regularly produce their own albums; visual artists show their works in their own studio/galleries. The aim, of course, is to transition at some point to established record labels and galleries. But nobody <i>looks down</i> on musicians or visual artists when they are in that initial phase. Literature?

  2. Ed Baker
    Ed Baker December 22, 2011 at 11:30 am .

    Lyle;<br /><br />just put your book into a pdf<br />put the pdf on your blog<br /><br />or<br />have one of those 2.3 MILLION ON-LINE MAGAZINES PUT YOUR PDF/BOOK in their net issue… what are they called? Zines<br /><br /><br />&amp;<br /><br />V W A LL AH ! your published! Then Google will OOgle your pdf<br />&amp; 4.3 more million people will read it &amp;<br />you will have saved not

  3. Lyle Daggett
    Lyle Daggett December 22, 2011 at 3:59 am .

    Not sure offhand how much it might cost these days, using current typesetting and printing technology etc., to self-publish a small book of poems (say, 36 pages plus cover). Talking here about actual self-publishing, not print-on-demand. Though playing with arithmetic a little –<br /><br />If I were to submit the manuscript to, say, six contexts a year, at an average contest fee of $20.00 each;

  4. Ed Baker
    Ed Baker December 21, 2011 at 1:36 am .

    well<br /><br />I found this:<br /><br /><br /><br />don&#39;t intend to peruse things re: BM any further ….<br /><br />I have my own dreck to deal with !

  5. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison December 21, 2011 at 1:32 am .

    BM (no pun intended) is a second generation New York Schooler—my take only. See

  6. Ed Baker
    Ed Baker December 21, 2011 at 1:04 am .

    who is Bernadette Mayer ? and<br />should I care enough to Google her or<br />conjugate French verbs …. plue-perfectly? <br /><br />heck<br />I stay away from reading blog-posts for week<br />&amp;<br />I&#39;m <br /><br />rendered

  7. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison December 21, 2011 at 12:55 am .

    That&#39;s what I get for dredging up high school French! I meant &quot;Plus ça change, plus c&#39;est la même chose.&quot;

  8. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison December 21, 2011 at 12:49 am .

    Yikes! According to Paul Hoover&#39;s memoir of Paul Carroll (<a href="; rel="nofollow">here</a>), when Carroll rejected Bernadette Mayer for his anthology <i>The Young American Poets</i>, she &quot;used [the rejection page] as toilet paper and returned it to him.&quot; Comme ci, comme ça….

  9. Ed Baker
    Ed Baker December 20, 2011 at 7:36 pm .

    How much do I get when I win one of these contests?<br /><br />I sent in a piece to a contest once It was in 1967.<br /><br />And, low-and-be:hold I WON! Honorable Mention<br /><br />to see my work in the anthology I had to buy a copy<br />&amp;<br />for every 5 copies that I sold<br />I got a copy at 1/2 price!<br /><br />once I sent a poem off and they not only accepted it<br />but paid me

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