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)