Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Great Regulars: Assiduous digging by the online poetry community,

led by the poet and academic Ira Lightman, then discovered that [David R.] Morgan, a British poet and teacher, had lifted lines and phrases from a host of different writers. One of Morgan's poems, "Monkey Stops Whistling", won him an award. Opening: "Stand to attention all the empty bottles, yes . . .//the long-necked beer bottles from the antique stores,/the wine bottles and pop bottles left on beaches;/steam off the labels and line the bottles up, the green ones/with the brown, black, yellow and clear ones," it was found to be virtually identical to a 1981 poem by Colin Morton, "Empty Bottles".

from Alison Flood: The Guardian: Another plagiarism scandal hits poetry community


Over the past month Granta Magazine editor John Freeman and deputy editor Ellah Allfrey have both resigned. Its art director and associate editor are also leaving. Earlier this week Philip Gwyn Jones, Granta's books publisher, said he was quitting, and further departures are possible.

The situation was described by one insider as a "total shit storm", and by another as a "complete bloody disaster". It is understood to boil down to a desire by Granta's owner to save money, as the company continues to make a loss.

from Alison Flood: The Guardian: Granta rocked by spate of high-profile resignations


After releasing more than 400 poetry collections, many by debut authors, and launching scores of careers, Salt said earlier this week that it will be focusing on poetry anthologies in the future. "We've seen our sales [of single-author collections] decline by over a quarter in the past year, and our sales have halved in the past five years," said director Chris Hamilton-Emery. "It's simply not viable to continue doing them unfunded . . . We have tried to commit to single-author collections by funding them ourselves, but as they have become increasingly unprofitable, we can't sustain it."

from Alison Flood: The Guardian: Salt abandons single-author collections amid poetry market slump


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