Welcome to Verse Daily®!
Who are we?
We are people who love poetry, who think it deserves more public attention, and who are willing to devote a lot of time and effort to helping poetry get that much needed attention. We have been students of poetry and like to think of ourselves as aficionados.
How old are we? (Yes, we've actually been asked such a silly question.)
We don't think it matters.
Where, exactly, do we live and work, and what do we do for a living? (Yes, we've actually been asked for our home and job locations, too.)
It doesn't seem to us like a good idea to give out this information, especially to websites! Again, we don't think it matters.
Why are we here?
Because good poetry and poetry publishers can never have too much exposure. Because so much good poetry goes unnoticed. Because we want to help good poets and poetry publishers increase their exposure.
How are you funded?
Our start up and related expenses were covered by our editors and a private individual, a silent backer, who has no editorial say. Our editors will continue to use personal funds to support Verse Daily, as prospects for funding for poetry are always sporadic. Verse Daily is a labor of love, not a profit-making endeavor, so we are fully prepared to cover its expenses ourselves for as long as necessary.
Why don't you give more personal information about yourselves?
Obviously, because it's personal. (Even without providing personal information about ourselves we are already being inappropriately contacted and threatened with further contact, both at home and work. While we don't see why our presence here should anger anyone to such lengths, we certainly won't help people act on their anger by opening doors to more hostile behavior.) We do have day jobs and our spare time is spent working on Verse Daily. Due to time and energy limitations we cannot answer calls or other inquiries about our personal lives. What matters is the service that Verse Daily provides, and our work here will speak for itself. Just keep reading!
Who do we see as our audience?
We hope that our audience will include poets, publishers and other poetry professionals, teachers, students, schools, libraries, and the general public. Who, after all, wouldn't be served by a regular dose of good poetry?!
Do we feel competitive with other poetry sites or did we intend to be competition to them?
We feel an affinity with other good poetry sites. Our goal is to increase exposure for good poets and poetry publisherswe must assume that other good poetry sites' goals are the same. This seems less like competition and more like common ground to us.
What makes Verse Daily different than those other poetry sites?
Our editorial tastes are bound to be different, of course, so we believe we're offering a certain level of uniqueness. Furthermore, while we welcome and treasure the work of well-known poets, we also intend to include the excellent work of lesser-known or 'unknown' poets whenever possible. (We also offer a special "Web Monthly" feature that links to excellent web-published poetry.) While we can't speak for other sites, we can promise you that we read EVERYTHING that is submitted to usevery single book, every single magazinewith minds open to finding work to feature on Verse Daily, regardless of fame. And regardless of money. Sponsors will get their titles read, yes, but so will non-sponsors. We are determined to make our selections based on quality, not on how much money a poet or publisher has provided us. Poets whose works are featured on Verse Daily, therefore, know with certainty that the features are compliments to the work's excellence rather than pleas for donations and readers can trust that the features will be excellent.
Do you think you are too similar to other poetry sites?
Not at all. We think that we look quite different than other sites: we designed our site to have a simpler layout than most, one that is easier to read and navigate and that sticks to the essentials, focuses on the poet, publisher, and poem. People are busy so we designed our site to help them get right to the meat of Verse Daily quickly and easily. Most site designspoetry sites and other sitesare way too busy, in our opinion. Of course, all websites have to work within a very small space and with relatively few options, but we tried to make Verse Daily as distinct as possible without losing clarity, elegance, or ease of use and upkeep. All this said, however, we are pleased to report that another popular feature poetry site has recently followed our example, changing its layout to the same style we use in order to maintain the integrity of the poems' line lengths, breaks, and so on. We're very glad to be such a positive influence, further helping poets' to get their work represented in the best possible format.
Do you receive money from readers, poets, publishers, or others?
We continue to offer very low rate sponsorship with advertisement space to poetry related organizations only, as this is a service that may help sustain Verse Daily as well as poetry in general. On occasion, we may also offer advertising space to non-poetry organizations at non-discounted rates. (We reserve the right to be selective in such cases, and to refuse advertisement space to any organization for any reason.)
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