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"Our online courses usually commence with participants submitting their first poem a few days before the course starts. The tutor (and in some cases other participants) will respond with feedback and direction. Participants will then continue to submit their work, improving it based on feedback offered weekly, for the duration of the course."

This is a blurb for a series of 3-5 day online workshops run by various (fairly mediocre, from what my research tells me) "famous" poets. These courses vary in price, between $95 and $140.

To me, the format sounds exactly like what the Pig Pen does for free -- and yet we still get people bitching about not getting enough attention, or being "forced" to critique other work, or a variety of other things. Now, the way I see it is, if you're not paying for it, you're free to fuck off.
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Or pay us $1000. We'll tell you that your poems are genius. Milo will read them for you at a banquet in your honor (far away so you won't be able to attend). There will also be some books available, and maybe even a coffee mug.

(poetry.com hasn't trademarked this model have they. It's a bit different but I'd like to not be sued).
It's ok Todd, you didn't suggest giving out Poet of the Year awards, and we don't do medals. Come to think of it, I still have a couple of poetry.com medals lying around here... my kids throw them at stray cats from time to time, but the cats always give them back.
I won a contest and the book they published me in only costed me $135.00 (special price for winners only).
Always knew you were a champion.
(09-03-2014, 05:56 AM)trueenigma Wrote: [ -> ]I won a contest and the book they published me in only costed me $135.00 (special price for winners only).

Hells bells, you could have set up your own publishing company for that price, it must have been a hard back.
(09-03-2014, 05:47 AM)Leanne Wrote: [ -> ]... I still have a couple of poetry.com medals lying around here... my kids throw them at stray cats from time to time, but the cats always give them back.

"Do not trust the medals poets, fear these cats, these fearful cats, you must not trust them, trust not what they bring."

(09-03-2014, 05:47 AM)Leanne Wrote: [ -> ]It's ok Todd, you didn't suggest giving out Poet of the Year awards, and we don't do medals. Come to think of it, I still have a couple of poetry.com medals lying around here... my kids throw them at stray cats from time to time, but the cats always give them back.

i had a poem published in my university's annual arts publication.
i was lying out in the sun one afternoon reading the finished product
and decided to take a little nap, leaving the book open to the page
my poem was on and setting it down in the grass next to me.

one of my dogs promptly walked over, sniffed the page,
chuffed his disapproval, and then pissed on it.

i've never submitted anything for publication since. i hate that dog.

the cat just likes to play with my crumpled up notes and scribbles.
she had a head injury a few years ago. obviously.
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