last night, i received an email fromm the editor of Yellow Medicine Review, informing me that my short poem 'read' has been nominated by the magazine for the pushcart prize (2013). this is the 6th time i have had such honor since 2009. although i never expect to win this or any other prize - nor do i participate in any literary contest (with the only exception of cbc poetry contest occasionally), i feel a bit comforted that my poetry gains some recognition constantly after all.
sometimes i cannot help wondering how come those who have written/published relatively few poems, and whose poems are not really 'fine' at all, have often won prizes, and even 'big' and handsome ones. also, how come almost 99 percent of the poems published in big-named magazines or anthologies are either nonsense or poorly written lines? as i see it, there is little poetry in those 'poems,' while i believe there has been too much politics in contemporary poetics!
by the way, as the publisher/editor of Poetry Pacific Press, we have just decided to publish our third book titled The Flawless with Flaw, by a good Hunan poet named Yang Lin. although the english version has lost quite a lot of the original poetic elements, its rich imagery and spiritual insight are still readily perceivable to the reader, well beyond the language barrier. today, i am going to send the blurbs and limitedly edited copy back to my chinese partner for printing. the 60-page short collection will become available by the end of december.
shortly, i will place an open call in both english and chiense for manuscript submissions to my Press...