“Canali” is another one of my Venice poems, and I was so happy when Picaroon Poetry took it. (You have to scroll through to page 35 to read it.) This brings my published Venice poem total up to 13 out of 22, or a 59% published rating.
You may wonder why I offer that metric—who cares? But I share it because collections these days seem to list so many previously published poems on their respective acknowledgments pages—and manuscripts with multiply “vetted” poems seem to have a better chance of becoming books. I know for a fact that some book publishers say that writers shouldn’t even submit a book to them for consideration unless 25% of the poems in the collection have been published already. So my hope is, that with a 59% (or more) published rating, my chapbook will someday find a home. (I still have the rest of the poems from the chapbook out circulating, and hope that a few more will “land.”)
Of course, my full collection is 23% published, and it’s still homeless. Which just goes to prove publishing will always be a crapshoot. *sob*