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(9/29/2008 4:26:00 PM)
Hi folks, anyone any experience of Forward Press, mine has not been good, took my money in April for books which were supposed to include one of my poems.So far no books and not much hope of any arriving, they seem to have ignored my last email altogether, I have had one excuse and promise after another.Would have to say try elsewhere if you want to get anything published.Any info appreciated, you have been warned
(9/29/2008 12:05:00 PM)
Hi Deniis, I have to admit to being guilty as charged Mi Lord, though please be assured my comments were not intended to be in any way racist.I admire those who try to translate their work but sadly all to often the results are less than satisfactory.I have found as you have a few whose poems still manage to break through that barrier.
My problem arises from my own nature, when asked I feel compelled to read but once having done so I cannot bring myself to post patronising comments saying well done etc when in my heart I think the poems are not very good.Many times I am struck with the thought I bet this was good originally and have often been tempted to offer a better translation and forward such poems to the poet but this smacks of holier than thou if you know what I mean.
As for getting replies to your poems well one poet on the site has that well covered, reply to as many poems as you can, often with less than five words and you can bet that at least some will read at least one of your poems and hey presto up that popularity chart you go.As I said in my original post I thought I would try and get to mumber one in the Uk, replied to loads of poems for a month and managed to get to the high thirties before I decided I had proved a point to myself and gave up.
I agree with you 100% on the subject of the more serious poets getting ignored but such is life, what chance have you when you can post a poem and five minutes later someone posts everything they have ever written and you are on page five in the click of a mouse
sorry for the ramble,
(9/27/2008 6:08:00 PM)
Is it only me or is anyone else sick of people asking them to please read my poems, for goodness sake if the title does not grab my attention I am sorry but I am not going to read.I have so far out of courtesey checked out the poems of anyone who has asked and so far not one has been worth the trouble.I have tested the water and if you really want to get to the top of the most read charts the way to do it is to read everyones poems and reply to as many as you can in the hope they read yours in return, worked for me, in two weeks I rose from the low three hundreds into the top fifty before I got fed up of relpying to poems just to prove a point. The other option is to post poem after poem after poem with no artistic merit in the hope that people will read and zoom you up the charts, yes I am pretty fed up with PLEASE READ AND COMMENT ON MY POEMS, if I wanted to I would, here endeth the rant of a man with little interest in badly translated English