How to Write a Poetry BookWriting a poetry book
I' m composing a book of poetry. Do I need many verses for a book? I' ve already wrote ten.
One thing many writers have been doing since the 1950' s is releasing chapterbooks. The Chapbook collection dates back to the 1600', but it was revived in the 1930' when the Dadaists and other moderndists began to release it. Some of the chapbook composers made their own chap books in the 1950' and 1960' by duplicating the pages (this is an older technique before the use of photocopies became widespread) and manually folded and stitching them.
The City Lights released a great deal of beats in their Pocket Poets show, which is still powerful (although some of their Pocket Poets books may be slightly bigger and more stable than what I consider a chapbook): In the eighties I well recall photocopies of chapterbooks and zipbooks. You can still create your own chapterbooks these days, of course, but you can also get them output from a print-on-demand machine like Lulu (you'll get the best results if you have some knowledge of formating documents and creating PDFs).
Damn, nowadays one could simply put his poems on the net and call them a "digital book", as some writers do. There are also some small publishing houses that specialise in chapterbooks; you can always try to send them your poems and see if they will release them.
You won't get wealthy from the chapterbooks, and you probably won't even make any financial progress. It' s the ideal way to get a small taste of your best work, for those who may not have the feeling of throwing $10-$20 on a full-size book of poetry, or who may not have the money to save it for a bigger book.
These can be sold cheaply or given away at poetry recitals, exchanged with other writers, passed on to acquaintances or delivered to e.g. bookshops and coffee houses with a sufficiently Czech film. Like Julia Vinograd the Bubble Lady (Justice News&Homeless Blues), you could even live your whole lives in a coffee house, watch folks, write poems and sale chap books.
It is another 16-thousand-high tech that has found new lives; many writers do. Broad pages also include everything from plain photocopies to hand-printed book printing papers and even subtle litho prints. They won't make you wealthy and popular either - you give them away at lectures, give them away to interested parties, glue them to your own website, put them on line as PDF files, or if they are nice enough that someone wants to put them on the table, just like that, selling them as artwork.