The Marketplace for Poetry

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Into our e-mailbox comes word from a "shocked" reader that Yankee Magazine has decided to drop its "venerable Poetry Page."

This has prompted some thought on the state of poetry publishing, especially as we move toward April, National Poetry Month in the United States. It seems poetry, and poets, may be doing better than poetry publishing, at least if we mean publishing on paper.

The loss in Yankee may be offset by a gain in The New York Times, which last month reintroduced poetry into its Sunday Book Review.

From her perch as editor of Poet's Market in Cincinnati, Nancy Breen sees the poetry market in mainstream publications as holding pretty steady over the past 30 years. "So many poets think they're going to get into magazines and books ... but big publishers don't publish books of poetry by unknowns." The small presses and literary magazines are where most poetry gets published. …