William F. DeVault
By means of introduction
If you know me, you know I hate editing. I hate editing and I hate editors. Not the people
themselves, but the role editing and editors have played in my life. I had an editor of a high
school newspaper reverse two lines in a poem of mine because she thought it read better that
way. The rapidly escalating war of words resulted in that poem being kicked out of the newspaper
and white space run in its place. My reputation and attitude were set.
Itís been largely downhill in my relationship with editors since then, as I think of poetry
like photography. Before Photoshop. A moment, whether in emotion or imagery, is captured and
frozen forever. Editing the poem is often detrimental to the truth, and is always a lie. Yes,
I know.Send death threats as you must, to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will read
them. But ignore them.
When John Horvath, whom I had the honor of meeting and reading alongside of during the
Second Southern Poetsí Reading Tour in 1997, approached me with the opportunity to edit an
issue of his journal/site, PoetryRepairs.com, I was just wrapping the first year as editor
of my own journal, amomancies ( http://www.amomancies.com ), which carries its own brutal
cross to bear. You think writers are bad? Work with writers and photographers and models. I
am not sure whether I am barking mad or a masochist, but as I am a poet in 21st century
America, most likely both.
So, I took the opportunity. Johnís a great guy and solid poet. He helped me win a bet, once.
I then contacted several poets I had either previously published in amomancies, or had worked
with last year during my involvement with the International Beat Poetry Festival.
These include my longtime brother in poetry, Larry Jaffe; the diner poet himself, Daniel
McTaggart; key members of the cabal that put together the international Beat Poetry Festival,
Debbie Tosun Kilday and Colin Haskins; the brilliant (if occasionally glum) Robert Wilson;
the poet/playwright Theodore Webb; the far too young to be so multitalented Jessica Lorraine
Zickefoose and Alysha J. Nasser; and New Orleansí own Nordette N. Adams. Oh yes, and me. A
few others begged off as too busy, or were passive aggressive over how much they (they think
secretly) despise me, but thatís okayÖas it was I was buried under a virtual mountain of literal
Here is my extract of what I was given, with a handful of poems of mine thrown in for seasoning.
Iím not a total egomaniac, you know.
poetryrepairs #227 16.08 085
Your Arteries Are My Religion
I can tell by the holes in your hands
that you no longer want me
but will you throw me down
just to watch me wind myself back
or will you finally sever me
from your fingers this time?
Oh, my most beautiful
we used to sit in barren fields,
lifeless but bursting with soul,
holding each other
as fragments of aircraft rained around us.
Your tears were mirrors
where I could see myself
as something other than a monster
and my tears were a place
where you could feel worthwhile
like you should.
There's going to be a sinkhole
where all these perfect things once stood
whenever you decide to leave
and it will swallow up everything
you ever gave
or told me.
When it's all gone,
I'll toss myself to this void
that indifference clawed out,
clasping the months and years
to my bruised chest
as the sides of impending nothingness echo
all the times you told me
you loved me.
poetryrepairs #227 16.08 085
The implication of Duotrope's notice concerning poetryrepairs is by omission incorrect:
Duotrope - poetryREpairs
"This listing has been removed. Publication details and submission statistics for this project are no longer available through our site"".
The "removal" was the request of poetryrepairs as we felt that Duotrope was ripping off poets by offering 1. what other directories offered for no charge;
and, 2., offering data which is created by the poets themselves (i.e. report time, percentage of acceptances, etc.) $50 US is a lot of money per annum for struggling poets.
When the charge was put into effect, poetryrepairs requested that poetryrepairs be removed. The implication that Duotrope found poetryrepairs in some way problematic is an
error of omission. Of course, once Duotrope got in the business of overcharging poets, falsehood by omission is no great leap; There are similar directories online that don't
charge for the information which others generate. Poetryrepairs cannot in good conscience support or participate in Duotrope. We hope other outlets for poetry will join
our boycott of Duotrope. We ASK TO BE REMOVED from Duotrope.
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