Just reading an article here http://garethprior.org/in-praise-of-pamphlets/ by Gareth Prior on the advantages of poetry pamphlets over full collections. I think he’s right about the comparative ease of selling pamphlets – I’m beginning to believe that, apart from the major publishers, more poetry is sold at readings and other events than formally through booksellers. On the whole I’m still a fan of the small collection for new poets. I like seeing the variety a poet can produce, and production values seem more reliable (though I have seen some very attractive pamphlets recently). Pamphlets come into their own for poems around a single theme, but I’m sometimes left wondering if the work presented is fully representative of the poet’s style. What do you think – would you rather buy pamphlets or a full, even if shortish, collection?
Posted by: Rosemary Badcoe | August 4, 2013
Long or short?
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