Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Observe and Report

I recognize that subscriptions cost money, and that many poets do not have much left at the end of the month to pay for an issue of their favorite journal. I also admit that I have sent work to many more magazines than I have actually subscribed to. And yet, how many people think twice about downloading a song, an album from iTunes? or getting cable? or going to see Observe and Report? Add all that leisure cash up, you get a few magazine subscriptions. It's not about making money, of course; all the editors I know or have worked with lose cash, out of pocket, year in and year out. It's a matter of community, and support in the form of actually purchasing journals is one way to ensure that the community you value and participate in continues to exist.

-- poet & editor deluxe Nick Twemlow of Canarium Books and The Canary (full interview here)


Henry Gould said...

Little (poetry) magazines could join up with local funky movie-houses (they are still around; you can see a movie any night of the week for $2.00 in Pawtucket, RI). Make the connection with the ticket-sellers. Make it simple. Offer discount magazine subscriptions along with the movie. Might work.

Jordan said...

A Paypal button is more congenial to me than a church-like white envelope blown in among the pages.

Many magazines I still get on the newsstands, the lottery ticket stores, the last bookstores standing.

And then there's the gentle matter of exchange subscriptions.

I don't believe any magazine ever got by for long on individual sales and subscriptions.

No editor but a blockhead ever published poetry for anything but love.