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  1. I curated my far-flung poems this week into two files—“mostly complete” and “in progress.” I definitely have enough finished poems for a chapbook or two. Approaching them en masse I find my inborn iambic sound machine, while it occasionally excels the masters, can be a little monotonous. My diction is journalistic though accessible. Most problematic probably for the reader would be my shifting standpoints: From lyrical to academic; warm to arrogant; gentle to violent; philosophical to breezy; lighthearted to severe; fragile to invincible; cosmo to Confederate; from brooding INCEL to resistless chick magnet among other dualities. But I’ve got an Introduction in mind that will hopefully prepare the reader. That and a blurb from Poemshape should seal the deal, don’t you think? Any bets on my Amazon ranking?

  2. On the other hand, the more I look into it the more I think your model (WordPress) is the way to go. That way, I could still edit my poems and engage an audience of its own free will. They would have no reason to feel deceived or dragooned, because they are there for free and can leave any time. Of course, if you happen to be reputation or career building, chapbooks are nice to title drop on a resume or bio. But I’m way beyond that dance, in presentation and time. If by some chance I’ve written two or three of the most perfect poems in English Poetry Magazine can come to me–politely.

    Btw, “Cliff Stator” sound like a good pen name?

    • Why not? Although, just so you know, 3,000,000 odd readers did not come here for my poetry. Would that they had. Your road to world-wide recognition will probably not be through your poetry. That said, I totally think you should do it. Then the best thing to do is to comment on blogs like mine. If people like your comments, your profile should link them back to your blog. As to Cliff Stator? Makes you sound like a Tom Cruise character.

  3. Thanks. I’m in the process of learning the WordPress platform.

    Cliff Stator–Tom Cruise character? Or were you just too tactful to say “suspect gay porn actor”? I have more literary sounding names but they were all taken by actual people. I’ll try again.

  4. And per Ancestry.com….

    Cliff Hansen (one google match but deceased)

    Cliff Hamlet (no google matches with that nickname) Hey! Like this one!

  5. Sockpuppets put me more at ease when I blog and allow me to preserve my skin for another day, especially when it comes to sociopolitical commentary. In the past otherwise intelligent, vested people have responded to my relentless literacy even with death threats—e.g. “Drop dead!,” “Please! Put a 44 magnum in your mouth and shoot out the back of your throat,” etc. Not to mention when you work in education as I have, wearing your opinions on your sleeve is a nonstarter. Hence my mother’s sage advice whenever I started another employment: “Just do a good job and keep your mouth shut!” In the case of poetry, I find the possibility of anonymous solitude both restorative and stimulating, a place to be alone with the ages. The Ur me. And that’s not necessarily an antisocial stance but a vector to one’s essential humanity. Indeed, bring the most militant feminist to that spot and see the difference!

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