Friday, April 07, 2006

am needing your help

Octopus Magazine are accepting manuscript submissions. they're looking for 16-32 pages of poetry (which i totally have). the problem lies not in whether or not i have enough poems to put together a chapbook, the issues is with which ones... do i go for the domestics side of my poetry, the happy little wife; or do i unleash the poetess?

you'll have to excuse me for not hyper-linking everything here. but those of you who do read my blog (anyone who recognizes at least half of the titles listed below), which list do you think would work better in an octopus chapbook? which group of poems have i got a better chance of selling?

note: these lists of poems are not in the order which i would arrange the poems in a chapbook.

domestic bliss
the puzzle bird
not a sex poem
the undoing
husband & wife (as edited by brian)
the hotel science series (as selected by brian)
room service
domestic bliss
pneumonia boy
the imaginary me
and i the poet
dear salamander
and then i wrote this poem
[i am the cat]
eggs
the laundry matt princes
[not writing poetry is not easy] (as in an introduction, perhaps)
what do you get for the fish who has everything?

or

poetess complex (am not sure i would actually call it this, though)
he & she
a different
[i know you]
foul
fish into six [prose form]
halogen (as edited by brian)
playgrounds' romance
blasphemed (not sure about this one to be honest)
[my heavy eyelids shut the light out]
this is february
the giver
you thought as though
angels do (another one i'm not really sure about)
nice to meet you
graces (edited version)
without your sex
stage hand
doll
the act of being fruit

almost all these poems are available on this blog. the few edited by brian are not here in the form in which they would be submitted but they are here.

so, what says you? or should i not bother with a chapbook and go back to my one-poem-at-a-time submission spree? if you like a particular group of poems are there any you would add or take out? let me know, even if i don't end up submitting, at least i'll have an idea for a collection brewing!

14 comments:

Crunchy Weta said...

LOL well I'm all for fence sitting, how about alternating? kinda like his and hers towels in a hotel. Good luck with the venture!

katy said...

thanks for joining me on the fence, weta!

B Boutwell said...

I'd take the best 26/28. arrange them in progression from bliss to complex from complex to bliss.

katy said...

my top pics to include would be (i think):
the puzzle bird
husband & wife
room service
domestic bliss
eggs
what do you get for the fish...
he & she
a different
foul
[i know you]
the giver
you thought as though
nice to meet you
graces
without your sex
the act of being fruit
the laundry matt princess
the imaginary me

that's 18 poems. add or take from that?

arch.memory said...

I am not familiar with the magazine (though I love the design of the site!), but I think you should go for the manuscript. And I agree with what's been said: I think you should pick the best of both. You don't have to present a one-sided manuscript when your writing isn't. I wish I had the time to re-read all of them this weekend to give you better feedback. When do you have to submit by?

(You're not considering submitting PoemTree?)

katy said...

i have to post it by mail and it has to be there by the 30th of this month. i am not submitting poemtree because poemtree has already been published and is available for your reading pleasure on the tippity top floor of the dubois library at the university of massachusetts in amherst--that is, if you aren't one of the 6 people with a copy of it already.

B Boutwell said...

:) is one.

B Boutwell said...

Katy I've been busy all day and haven't been able to respond to you e-mail. I'll try to read through your current list and give you my thoughts.

katy said...

take your time, brian. arch already told me he'd reread my poems and make a list for me, so i'll compile both lists then.

Zachary Schomburg said...

Katy,

I only read a few on your blog from these lists, but liked a few with robots in them, for whatever that is worth (so the domestic one?).

Regardless, these are a fun read. I look forward to it.

Good luck.

Girlcreeture said...

Ok, it's Monday and I'm at work so that means playing on the internet!

I have read through the ones the search function gave back to me and these are the ones I laughed out loud at/read at least three more times and/or remembered from having read them already which all translates into the ones I rilly, rilly like:

Domestic Bliss
Dear Salamander
Husband & Wife (both versions)
Playground's Romance
Nice to Meet You
Room Service (ah! you speak Japanese in your sleep, I love this!)
The Giver
[my heavy eyelids]

And oh! Have you heard of Print Gocco? It's this amazingly amazing home/family oriented screen printing system from Japan (of course) and I just discovered it recently but have been hiding it in hopes I can acqure one... and of course, as "luck" would have it, the Japanese manufacturer Riso has decided to cease distro since home PC's have been rendering it obsolete in the eyes of consumers.

Why do I always discover things too late or things that are better suited to people with wads of cash?

ANYWHO - I thought of you immediately because it's handy dandy for printing lil artbooks/chapbooks - if I get one, and I hardly think I can NOT get one, I shall make you a special book all your own ^__^

PS: 5 more days! Or 6 if you count today...

katy said...

*girl creeture press*
or *bad mana books*

am in love with the idea, michelle. print gocco no machine ga nanen desuka? (how much does this print gocco machine cost?) i will pitch in if you agree to be my publisher!!!

Girlcreeture said...

The Riso Print Gocco machine comes in 4 flavors:
B6
PG-5
PG-10
PG-11

I've been trolling Yahoo!Japan auctions for the PG-5 and PG-10 models which are newer models however, I may consider the B6 older model because it may be the one with the potential for the best longevity in terms of supplies and availability (in the US).

I need to better determine the flexibility of the models and see how interchangeable the parts are since Riso has stopped overseas shipments and will only be making supplies for another 3-4 years.

The price difference is remarkable in that in Japan, the machines sell for anywhere between $5 and $40 and in the US they go for between $75 and $200. Masamichi at crescent-shop.com is lovely and charges little for Japanese auction bidding services so no need to pitch in as I will no doubt import it from Japan because even with EMS shipping, it would still be cheaper than on eBay. I may ask you to help decipher some Japanese auctions though to make sure something isn't cheap cuz it's broken.

katy said...

will have to break out the text books, and my kanji-reading skilz suxes like whoa, but will do my best!