Fighting Evil, And All That

July 19th, 2004 · 1 Comment
by Booksquare

If you’ve been on the Internet for any length of time (and you’re a writer), you notice certain trends. Newbies who encounter the wealth of jokes they’ve never read before, and their joy at sharing these gems with everyone they know. Innocents who become paralyzed by manuscript formatting to the point they can’t sleep or eat (our advice: stop worrying — formatting is the least of your problems). Trusting souls who in turn share their lack of judgment in the form of viruses sent to their entire acquaintance.

Oh, and scams. We could write volumes on Internet scams and the people who fall for them. One that comes up every six months or so (the other fascinating thing about writers on the Internet is the cyclical nature of certain topics) is the Wide World of Poetry Scams. As we don’t have poetry in our soul, we leave it to others to explain the intricacies of the world o’ verse, hence Devoted to debunking the myths and scams, the site is a resource for poets from sonnets to free verse (we’re sorry we can’t do better — we’re not that familiar with the latest in the poetry world).

But wait, say others. You are clueless geeks. You don’t understand. Yes, those are the voices of Foetry foes. We have obviously paraphrased in the interest of space. This is exactly the sort of scandal that starts a Monday morning off right — we recommend both the Boston Globe article and visit to Foetry. Now if only we could do something about the endless jokes…

File Under: Square Pegs

1 response so far ↓

  • arthu rcraven // Jan 24, 2005 at 12:32 pm

    Good morning:
    I have been banned this morning from the bulletin Boards at
    in discussions about UGA contemporary poets largely, I suspect,
    because a reasoned analysis of their charges is not tolerated. Indeed
    by arguing for accountilibilty on one hand they promote the opposite
    for themselves. Rather than genius as is supposed ( holding two
    contrary views at the same time- is it Fitzgerald?) it is simply
    hypocrisy. Nothing good will come out of their project.
    I am happy, indeed, half-honored, to have shown them for what they
    are: fundamentalist zealots motivated by gaining influence and power
    protesting otherwise and therefore all the more invidious. The old
    Arthur Craven