Ye gods! I had no idea the world of poetry was so red in tooth and claw:
So says (I think) Delano Johnson, who with his wife Callie is the owner of Realistic Poetry. The site itself and RP's book covers are hideous, Mr Johnson's grammar is enough to set your teeth on edge, but at least it's a paying market for poets...or is it?It is inevitable to conclude that most poets and poetry companies are in it for self and personal monetary gain. It saddens me to see such a prestigious art, such as poetry, develop into a selfish, gluttonous, get rich scheme and hustle.
The idea seems to be that RP buys poetry books sent in by readers and leaves reviews on websites and social media. They also have a bizarre and complicated set-up in which poets post their work on RP's site, get feedback from other poets and have a chance to win between $1 and $200. Or something. I've read this section three times and I still don't understand it, so l'll just leave it with you:
Well, that made everything crystal clear. And I'm sure we can all agree on one thing:
Yup.Poetry is a gift to the world, full of surprise! It is like a precious embellished ornamnet that sometimes even fancily decorates our hearts, beutifully with charm and grace.
Seriously, I'm alarmed that the Johnsons don't even understand that publication on the internet COUNTS AS PUBLICATION.
Finally we get to the heart of the matter - the fact that RP is a publisher.
Oh, I'll bet you are... Needless to say there are several publishing packages available, one of them - Poetry's Gold Ruby - especially for the first time poet (coming soon). Do you want 100 50-page books? For a mere $737 they can be yours! Or you could really push the boat out with the De-luxe Onyx package, which will get you 100 books of 200 pages...for which no price is given. All but the cheapest package includes free editing and cover design, presumably by the Johnsons themselves. One can only hope the editing will be better than that of RP's website:Realistic Poetry Interantional is always interested in publishing and assisting poets of all skill levels.
*sigh*If you are going to sell your book inside of a store you will need an ISBN and a barcode. To protect your work you will need to have it copywritten.
It may or may not be a coincidence that Realistic Poetry is splurged all over the Facebook of Bolade Omo Niaja/Korede Abayomi, head honcho of our old chum ParaDon Books.