So, last year I put some sample poems online at poemhunter.com, and recently a photographer, a stranger, found the poem called "Blue Chicory," and requested permission to reprint it on her blog
, alongside her artistic photo of a blue chicory blossom. And I said yes of course yes.
Without the Net, Ms. Dyer would never have read the poem. Without poemhunter.com
it wouldn't have been posted. With poemhunter.com the author was easily traceable so that permission could be requested and granted.
Put a few of your own favorite poems on poemhunter.com, preferably if they've already been published and rights have reverted to you. If unpublished, they count as published when you post them, so think twice. It's a good place to post poems YOU love that no editor seems to like. Yes, a lot of stuff on poemhunter.com is dross, but certainly not yours, and you open up a chance for good things to happen. Even a small good thing. Every little bit builds confidence.