And now it’s Barry Hammond’s turn to answer my questions. If you’re a poet, sit up and take notice. Barry is our Poetry Editor and one of On Spec’s ‘old guard’. He has been with the magazine since 1991. (Wow, how time flies—twenty-two years!):
1). What kind of poetry appeals to you most, Barry? Do you lean towards a
particular type of poem or style?
The type of poetry that appeals to me is generally when the writer has something
fresh and original to say (or at least from an original viewpoint) and says it
with a voice of their own and with style and brevity.
2). What types of poems don't appeal to you? What are your pet peeves,
My pet peeves are rhyming poetry and writers who try to use an
'antique' style of language from what they consider 'the olden
days' —not any specific period. I prefer writing in a contemporary
or fairly neutral style.
3). What advice would you give to a poet submitting to us?
My advice is to read contemporary poetry and try to find your own voice.
4). Please list any credits you'd like mentioned (ie. book pubs,
editing/publishing involvement), in a small bio:
Barry's Bio: I am a professional freelance writer and editor, based in Edmonton, Alberta,
Canada. My film, music, book reviews, interviews and writing on popular culture
have most recently appeared on the Gig City website and have been in such
diverse publications as The Edmonton
Journal, Vue Weekly, See Magazine, Vex, Pacific Rim Review, Legacy and Independently Reviewed. I’m also a
music, book, and DVD reviewer for Penguin
Eggs (Canada's Folk, Roots, and World Music magazine). I’ve appeared as a
guest on Booked.tv, an interactive
television show in which mystery novels are deconstructed by both literary and
actual crime experts. The show ran on Bravo,
Book TV, CLT, Court TV Canada, and Access.
My novel, Cold Front, was published
with New American Library in 1982 and my short fiction and poetry have appeared
in over fifty literary magazines and anthologies in three countries. I am the
current Poetry Editor (and former Fiction Editor) for On Spec, Canada's Magazine of the Fantastic.
(Impressive, yes? I think so. You can read Barry's blog at: barryhammond.ca.Thanks, Barry.)
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