Another furious bout of insomnia has prompted me to look online for more zines with horror poetry in them. I've come across a horror magazine, numerous times over the last year or so, with consistently disappointing poetry.
It can't be that the dark and macabre are unworkable subjects. I doubt it could be that editors get too few submissions. Perhaps some are simply too specifically versed in horror and too indifferently versed in poetry to bring together poems both dark and at least in some sense poetic?
I've heard sci-fi and fantasy-oriented poets mustering similar complaints.
I feel many of the poems I'm seeing are giving a bad name to both poetry and their genre -- double damage at once.