My latest Bad Poem got published at Every Day Poets a couple weeks ago. It’s called Deja Vu, and while I liked it at the time, I’ve now recognized it as the piece of crap it is. Frankly, I don’t understand why anyone would have agreed to publish it.
It makes me wonder two things: first, what do you do when something you hate is ‘out there’? and second, how reputable is that publication?
I wrote the poem after reading some disutopian novel or other (probably ANTHEM or WE, but I can’t remember which), incorporating the image of mannequins burning in the street, which was dancing around my head for quite a while. But reading it over again, it’s a complete jumble. The ideas I was trying to express (the effects of anarchy on commercialism and journalism) are barely touched upon and don’t come through the poem at all. It’s a mess.
But now that it’s been published, I guess I can only grin, bare it, and NOT promote it. I mean, it’s got 2.2/5 stars from the 15 people who voted…it barely ever gets that low on the site.
I also now question the legitimacy of Every Day Poets. It was founded by the same people who do Every Day Fiction (a publication I enjoy), but with different editors.
I have a problem with the editors. Only one of the three has any kind of credible credentials so I can only assume they have no idea what they’re doing.
This isn’t springing up out of nowhere, either. I’ve been disappointed with their selections for months now. Sure there’s a gem every once and a while (like this haiku), but more often it’s one contrived disappointment after another (like this piece of trash and this catastrophe by someone who actually goes by “A Quantum Mechanic,” – someone else who gets published there frequently goes by “Wordsculptor” – seriously). The site is a joke. Is this the best they can do?
My point: Just because you’ve written a poem doesn’t mean it deserves to be published.
As far as my own writing is concerned, I’m going to edit edit edit before I send anything out and I will never submit to Every Day Poets again. I’ve already unsubscribed.
Or maybe I should send them every piece of crap I write, just to see if they’ll take it.