My latest play has been published and is available via Amazon. The name of the play is "The Return of Odysseus" and it is a retelling of the legend of the return of the redeemer King. I earn myself a modest royalty on every copy sold, so the more who buy a copy, the merrier I become, quite apart from the vanity aspect. I should be very happy indeed to hear from anyone who is interested in, or could make useful suggestions regarding, readings, presentations, promotional events and especially productions and translations. Write to Jenkins.firstname.lastname@example.org
I am in the unusual position of, so to speak, breaking my own copyright and have to remove a number of my own poems from my own blogsite! The background to this is something which I have been wondering about for years in its many aspects, namely the conflict between material published in paper format and online. I have been submitting poems to poetry magazines for many years and occasionally have had the fortune to have my poems accepted. I have now been told by poetry editors that a poem will not be published in their publication if the poem in question "has been published anywhere else", and "anywhere else" includes online, on my own peotry blog. Put simply, any poem "published" here has seriously spoiled its chances of being published commercially in a poetry magazine. For that reason I have decided, rather reluctantly, to remove the "hopefuls" from this blog, leaving only the wall flowers, which sadly I do not expect to be published or which I am not intending in the near future to submit for publication and of course the "happy few" of successful contenders which have already been published somewhere in paper format or on another website. Hopefully, some poems which I am removing now will reappear here again, as successful poems.
Now I am starting to bring my poems back to this site, having (see above) removed them! I wonder what readers think: how important, how much a certificate of credibility, is publication in a commercial, or at least accredited, poetry magazine, especially compared to say publication on a blog like this? The story is this: I have discovered that many poetry magazines automatically reject poems which can be viewed anywhere on the internet, including on private blogs. Structo magazine is a notable exception but most poetry magazines do seem to follow this policy. The more I think about it, the more I think it is wrongheaded. Views from readers on this subject would be welcome.
I now have a translator for my play, The Return of Odysseus. To be exact, I have two translators, one for French and one for German.
In case anyone is interested in the play who has not yet seen it, here is the link to amazon: