September 18, 2016 at 08:04PM on Facebook

Kudos to Collin Kelley for making an end-run around the gatekeepers. Other poets with blogs should do the same: “Beginning this Friday, I’m going to begin posting new poems at Modern Confessional, Facebook and my various other social media accounts. The plan is to release two new poems each month for the rest of 2016. I’ve been mulling this over for awhile, talked it over with a few fellow poets and decided to move forward. The question I kept asking myself is how many publication credits are enough? Over the last 20+ years, I’ve had poetry published in countless journals, magazines and online. Without a doubt, most people have discovered my work thanks to the Internet. I’ve grown accustomed to waiting weeks, months and longer for new work to appear in journals, but there is some work I want to put out right now. I don’t want to wait. I was also inspired by an article in Publishers Weekly about poet Rupi Kapur, whose collection Milk and Honey has sold 450,000 copies on the strength of her talent and the following she built by posting her work on her social media. We all want more readers, and since I still have a fairly healthy amount of views here at Modern Confessional and through my own social media, I don’t see a downside. That’s not to say I won’t continue to submit poetry to journals (I have three submissions out right now, actually), but I’m in the process of selecting the eight poems that will appear exclusively across my social media. I encourage you to comment on this new work wherever it appears and share it with other poetry lovers. As always, thanks for reading and your support.”
New poems coming to social media