I'm toying with publishing a poetry chapbook. I daydream about it, do research on what would be the best press, etc. But it's just a dream.
I am not mainstream, even in the poetry world. Some, I know, would say this is something working for me, not against. But, unfortunately, I am not sure I agree. Many poets intentionally marginalize "non-literary" poetry and they are the ones (mostly) reading poetry to begin with.
Or maybe there is a place for my voice. I could just be too scared (of failure) or paranoid or cautious to get anything done. I would love if I were wrong and I hope I am. I hope to the point where I could crawl inside of it and bask, letting it soak into my skin and nudge my veins, seeking entry.
What is the step you're afraid of?
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