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Getting Poetry Published

Updated on January 6, 2012

Author: W. K. Hayes

Getting Poetry Published


            Poetry is so well-loved and yet getting poetry published is nearly next to impossible. I’m not entirely sure why this is true but it took me fifteen years to get a book contract on my first book of poems. Granted, now I have three books of poetry done with copies sitting in my library next to some of my other work.

            Throughout the years, I have won awards for my poetry, as well but in the past twenty-one weblogs I’ve done this week, I hadn’t thought about publishing a poem to here…until now. So, without further ado…


A Cost


Nighttime has befallen the creatures of amore

For the last of the great loves, are no more


Bedazzled by doubt and foolish belief

Man and woman part in battered grief


Sands of broken time have left them apart

Both left maliciously with a broken heart


Two dreamers, two lovers shall cry tonight

For the enunciated words spoken aright


Not words of hate but words of need

For neither trust each other’s deed


One yells cheat the other says, liar

And, so love burns in the flames of a fire


Say goodbye to the love that was lost

And weigh the acts that come with a cost


            A cost, is one of the poems from my first book, Inner Dreams and Aspirations. I was very proud, the day I held my first book of poetry in my hands. It really did take me fifteen years to realize that dream.

            A few years later, since the publication of Inner Dreams and Aspirations and I now have three books of poetry containing five hundred poems, published. Please don’t think I’m boasting about myself or trying to get you to buy my books. This is not about either of those thoughts. Ultimately, the point I am making is that, if you love writing poetry, keep writing. Eventually, you will get your poetry, published.

            Never lose faith in your work and keep at it. You may not feel like writing some days but writing isn’t about wanting to. Everyone wants to write. No, writing is about passion, it’s about sharing yourself with the world and above all else, it is about the world remembering you for what you have left behind. For me…it’s an addiction.

            As a footnote: I did not pick this poem because it is my favorite…I picked it because it reminds me of why I wrote it in the first place. After all, which is more important? The inspired work or the inspiration?

            Thank you for reading my article and I hope you have a really great day!


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      aware 6 years ago from West Palm Beach Florida.

      Nice to meet you. Came to know of you via Kimberly's hub spotlighting you .


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      Warren Keith Hayes 7 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina

      Thank you Rhonda...on all accounts. Writing from the heart is the only way to write or its jsut words. I look forward to spending more time with your writings.

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      Rhonda Musch 7 years ago from The Emerald Coast

      Wow. A great poem. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.I write poetry too. I write from my Heart and about my life. Thanks for the follow and I am following you back. Welcome to our hub pages family. Have a Great New Year.

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      Warren Keith Hayes 7 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina

      Thanks Tnderhrt23, I actually plan on posting many more of my poems on here as time permits. I also, "Followed you" and am looking forward to reading your work, as well.

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      tnderhrt23 7 years ago

      I enjoyed your poem, it is powerful, intense, emotional, excellent rhythm and flow...will check out Writer's Beware also. Voting up and becoming a fan! Happy New Year!

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      Warren Keith Hayes 7 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina

      Thank you Pachuca213...Self-Publishing has its ups and downs. Many agents will not work with self-published writers. However, Poetry is so hard to get published that, a poet might would find it easier to be self-published. Honestly, it is a good recommendation but before anyone decides to self-publish or otherwise, learn the ins and outs first before doing so. The same is true about publishing in general, before you do anything with your work, make sure you learn every aspect of the publishing business first. There is great website called, Writer's Beware, where you can learn what you will want to know from those that have come before you.

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      Pachuca213 7 years ago

      I self published. Best decision I ever made. Take care!