About Self Published Poetry

@GardenGerty (100410)
United States
August 23, 2015 9:26pm CST
My friend @Rollo1 asked in a discussion about writing a book as she knows many who have. She has written poetry, and short things, but not a book. Here is her post It inspired me to tell about these two books of poetry. Lately I have had some experience with self published poetry books. I found one on my bookshelf that I had emptied. It was by a young twenty something man that I know. Well, he is thirty something now. His wife did a nice cover for him. His poetry reads more like essays, nothing very poetic, and filled with sympathy for those who have been troubled as he has. I know the young man and some of the challenges he has overcome. They did not try to sell the book, only gave it to friends hoping to be a blessing.I used to entertain myself writing that type of essay. Yesterday Charlotte, my dad's wife, a very sharp 95 year old woman handed me a little booklet. It was a book of poems written by her deceased nephew. Price listed in back was $5, but I sense that they brought a bunch of them to give away to family members at a recent wedding, or funeral, because they cannot get rid of them. Charlotte's comment about this book was that these were just words, kind of strung together, but that they just did not make sense to her. She thought maybe she was dumb. She is smart as a tack. It is "modern poetry" and there was not really much there that I could make sense of either. Yes, there was an occasional evocative phrase, but there was much missing from line to line. I was a fan of ee cummings in high school. I "got" his poetry. I did not "get" this. I write poetry. My best stuff in recent years was written while I was recovering from surgery and taking pain meds. I have not tried to self publish and the last few days convinces me that I do not have enough good material on hand to write a book. That does not mean that you should not. It might be fun.
Everyone I know is writing books. Or has written books. Or will be writing a book when NaNoWriMo comes around in November. I have written a lot of poetry....
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@sofssu (14451)
24 Aug 15
I have publishing a poetry book on my mind, but I don't care too much about self publishing. I am serious about what I want to do and hope to get a good publisher to do this professionally for me. A friend of my brother has read some of my poetry, he is in the publishing line.. he has been encouraging me to work on more so we could publish it ... I have a long way to go.
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@GardenGerty (100410)
• United States
24 Aug 15
I like this @sofs . A real opinion about your work. I know when I have posted poetry to writing sites, people say they like it, but I would like professional thoughts.
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@Gina145 (3974)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
27 Aug 15
I'd love to try self-publishing a book but I'm struggling to come up with an idea for one. I never really though about a poetry book as I haven't written any poems for ages, but I've got lots of poems lying around that I wrong many years ago. I really should see if I can do anything with them.
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@GardenGerty (100410)
• United States
27 Aug 15
I would have to do some serious organizing and editing to turn my poetry into a book.
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@Gina145 (3974)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
27 Aug 15
@GardenGerty I'm sure that I would too, but it might be easier than trying to start writing something brand new. Besides Amazon allows people to publish ebooks that are only a few pages long.
@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
24 Aug 15
I think that we can learn about people through their poetry even if it's bad poetry. Her deceased nephew doesn't seem to have conveyed that much, unfortunately. I admit that ee cummings is one of my favorite poets, along with TS Eliot. Words can say so much, but they have to be the right words. Thanks for the linkage, btw.
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@GardenGerty (100410)
• United States
24 Aug 15
Your post made me think. I have lots of my poems saved but the only thing I would consider having published would be children's books.My daughter would like to be published and the last I knew was revising some young adult fiction. I think you have to really want to write to self publish or publish either one. I mostly write for me.
@jstory07 (68289)
• Roseburg, Oregon
24 Aug 15
I am not that good at writing poems. If you are good share them on here.
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@GardenGerty (100410)
• United States
24 Aug 15
I have on occasion shared poetry on myLot and on Bubblews. My poems are not the rhyme kind at least not often.
@sunnypub (2131)
• United States
24 Aug 15
Poetry is a hard sell because so many people just don't understand it. I have written it most of my life but I don't generally like anyone to read it so publishing was never a serious thought. It is personal to me. I write for me, to help me work through things, or just to help me express myself. One day I might publish a book but it wont be poetry.