I’ve been looking around at magazines that publish poetry and it’s become clear to me that most of sort of these rags are generally rather pompous. There seems to be a certain subculture involved in these magazines and it seems to me that most poetry writers appearing in these pages are menopausal upper middle-class women and a few men of similar ilk. Most of the poems are rather ordinary and very, very conservative. Which is unfortunate because I personally hate that sort of writing. It’s at best technically correct but boring as hell. There are some more radical publications out there, but very few that are completely devoted to poetry. I’ve actually come across much more interesting material on forums like this and its got to the point where I don’t even bother buying poetry magazines. But that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like to have my work in one of these, there’s that ego thing about pulling a book off shelf with your work in it. I think this is a problem, poetry is marginalised as it is and rarely do people who will happily read a 1000 page novel bother to read a five-stanza poem. But I’ve noticed here in the poetry forum people commenting on poerty saying “I don’t usually read poetry but this really got to me.” That I think is because really original work gets put up onto these forums. Poetry that gets published in magazines generally has lost its subversive edge, its all about gardens and happy middle class memories. What happened to poems like Howl by Allen Ginsberg? Who lately had had to go to court to defend their work? Would someone like Charles Bukowski even get a look in today?