Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Which leaves us helpless helpless helpless helpless

Tupelo is going to publish manuscripts from Harold Schweizer and Annie Guthrie, from out of their open reading period.  That’s good, I’m sure, but what I’m interested in is the length of the lists for Honorable Mention and Other Remarkable Work.  There are a LOT of manuscripts out there.  I just thought I should repost this list.  We’re living in a very crowded room, people.  “The chains are locked and tied across my door,” as Neil Young would say it.  Here's the electric version:
Honorable Mentions:

Seth Abramson, Madison, Wisconsin, Thievery


Desirée Alvarez, New York, New York, Enchanted Ground


Geoffrey Babbitt, Geneva, New York, Appendices Pulled from a Study on Light


Hadara Bar-Nadav, Kansas City, Missouri, Lullaby (with Exit Sign)


Margo Berdeshevsky, Paris, France, The Breaking Book


Deb Casey, Eugene, Oregon, Mothertongue 


Victoria Chang, Rossmoor, California, Dear P. and The Boss


Gary Hawkins, Black Mountain, North Carolina, Worker


Paul Hoover, Mill Valley, California, Gravity's Children / The Windows


Luisa A. Igloria, Norfolk, Virginia, Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser


Diane Kirsten Martin, San Francisco, California, Hue and Cry


Juliet Rodeman, Colombia, Missouri, The Voice Of That Singing


Broc Rossell, Denver, Colorado, Cark


Martha Silano, Seattle, Washington, House of Mystery


Peter Strekfus, Northport, Alabama, Errings


Eliot Khalil Wilson, Golden, Colorado, This Island of Dogs


Sam Witt, Framingham, Massachusetts, Little Doomesday Books


Theodore Worozbyt, Covington, Georgia, Echo's Recipe


Gail Wronsky, Topanga, California, The World in Reverse


Other Remarkable Work:

Angela Ball, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, A Report on the Party and the Guests


Mary Buchinger, Cambridge, Massachusetts, my heart, and all the fields --


John De Stefano, New York, New York, Critical Opalescence and the Blueness of the Sky and Three-Body Problems


Marlon Fick, Wenzhou, China, The Tenderness and the Wood


Harry Griswald, San Diego, California, Under the Piano


Jessica Harman, Arlington, Massachusetts, Overflowing Inner Beauty TV


Judith Harris, Washington, D.C., Night Garden


George Kalamaras, Fort Wayne, Indiana, We Wore Monk Hair


Janet Kaplan, Brooklyn, New York, Chronicles


Jesse Lee Kercheval, Madison, Wisconsin, Extrajera / Stranger


George Looney, Erie, Pennsylvania, The Indefinite Clarity of Sky: Poems of Kinsale


Jacquelyn Malone, Lowell, Massachusetts, The Sedimentary Layer


Sawnie Morris, Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico, Her Infinite


Addie Palin, Chicago, Illinois, The Cautery


Linda Tomol Pennisi, Syracuse, New York, Miniscule Boxes in the Bird's Bright Throat


Maud Poole, New York, New York, Purse Pistol


Carol Potter, Corinth, Vermont, DNA


Jendi Reiter, Northampton, Massachusetts, Bullies in Love


David Roderick, Greensboro, North Carolina, The Americans


Susan Roney-O'Brien, Princeton, Massachusetts, Thira


Helen Klein Ross, New York, New York, Because of Them


Dennis Schmitz, Sacramento, California, Intimacy


Tina Schumann, Seattle, Washington, Praising the Paradox


Gail Segal, New York, New York, Fault Lines


Peter Shippy, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, this theatre of honey and faded roses


Katherine Soniat, Asheville, North Carolina, A Fan of Bees


Page Hill Starzinger, New York, New York, Vestigial


John Surowiecki, Amston, Connecticut, Significant Others


Joyce Sutphen, Chaska, Minnesota, Sleight of Hand


Brian Swan, New York, New York, World's Shadow


Molly Tenenbaum, Seattle, Washington, Umbilical Travels


Christian C. Thompson, Broomall, Pennsylvania, Low Growth


Daneen Wardrop, Kalamazoo, Michigan, Cyclorama


William Wenthe, Lubbock, Texas, God's Foolishness




At 11/14/2012 11:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

so why don't you tupe lows publish them all?

At 11/14/2012 11:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brian Swan . . . any relation to Brian Swann?

At 11/15/2012 6:26 AM, Blogger Fuzz Against Junk said...

The extra n is for No.

In other news, I recognize exactly 0 of those names.

At 11/15/2012 6:28 AM, Blogger Fuzz Against Junk said...

On a second scanning, I did pick out two names.

Also, I hope Molly Tenebaum writes Wes Anderson-esque poems.

At 11/15/2012 7:33 AM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

I recognized about 15, I think. I didn't count.

Anon, Tupelo can't afford to publish them all, as poetry barely breaks even. But your point is taken. I feel that same way when a journal rejects someone's work with a note saying how much they enjoyed the poems. I mean, if you enjoyed the poems, why did you reject them? You know?

At 11/15/2012 10:08 AM, Blogger Fuzz Against Junk said...

That happened to me the last time I submitted. Bateau sent me a handwritten note saying they really enjoyed my poems, but didn't want to publish them.

Still not quite sure what to make of it.

At 11/16/2012 3:34 AM, Blogger G.C. said...

Fuzz (and John), it can mean several things. It can mean "We enjoyed your poems...but not quite enough," or "We enjoyed your poems...but frankly we enjoyed other work more." It can mean "We really enjoyed your poems...but we're overstocked and have no space for them in our journal right now." And it can mean "I really enjoyed your poems, personally, but some other people on the editorial board didn't, sorry."

I've used it in all of these ways.

At 11/16/2012 3:40 AM, Blogger G.C. said...

Also, some of these manuscripts have already been picked up by other presses. Starzinger's just won the Barrow Street prize, and Abramson's won the Akron prize. Chang has signed at least one of hers too.

At 11/16/2012 4:31 AM, Blogger John Gallaher said...


That sounds reasonable. Kind of like the "can't we just be friends" argument when you don't want to date someone.

At 11/19/2012 3:26 PM, Blogger Bill Knott said...

Starzinger's book beat mine out for that Barrow St contest . . . which I never had a chance of winning anyway . . . :

... so eventually the good books find publishers, and the bad ones like mine don't.

At 11/20/2012 9:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BK, if you were convinced you "never had a chance of winning anyway," why did you submit to the Barrow Street contest in the first place? I confess I'm curious.

At 11/21/2012 5:47 AM, Blogger Bill Knott said...

Anon, my pathetic answer:

the same reason the hundreds of others who knew they didn't have a chance and yet paid their money entrance fee to enter this contest:

as an incentive to focus one's efforts . . . as a motivational tool.

If that's not a good enough reason, Anon, I'm sorry. I sent the book out in June to 3 other contests also, and didn't win those either (nor make it onto the runners-up list) . . .

But what's your point, Anon—— are you saying that I shouldn't have wasted my time and money, that I should just accept the fact that no publisher will publish my books, that no magazine will publish my poems, and therefore I should stop trying, stop altogether, stop writing? . . .

At 11/21/2012 11:30 AM, Blogger Bill Knott said...

though i shouldn't assume that others' reasons for entering these book contest were the same as mine; forgive me for claiming to know what their motives were . . .

At 12/02/2012 9:07 AM, Blogger David Grove said...

Speaking of Neil Young, have you read that new book by him, John? I saw some cool excerpts from it in Rolling Stone. Was wondering what you think of it.

At 12/02/2012 9:44 AM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

I haven't. I will at some point, I'm sure, though. I've heard some people like it and some others REALLY dislike it. But NY's always kind of been that way.


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