Well, hell. I made the mistake of accepting way too much poetry for this issue. Really. I was contemplating asking some of the contributors if they would be okay with being pushed back to the next issue. Then I considered eliminating the bio section. I finally decided to tweak the design and layout so everything would still fit in approximately 130 pages. I have always been a fan of the “one poem per page” rule of thumb, but for this issue only, those contributors who have more than one poem in the magazine will find those poems following each other with a minimum of empty space between them.
On the upside, you, yeah you, are now holding an issue with even more poetry than any of the issues preceding it, and you didn’t have to pay more. This is your lucky day, my friend.
I thought after publishing issue #5, I’d set up a subscription plan. But that usually includes a price break. And since I’m already charging only seven bucks an issue (others have told me I should be charging at least ten bucks) I don’t see how much more of a bargain I can afford to extend to the readers. Some of you have taken it upon yourselves to send me a check and ask that I send you as many issues as the amount will buy. I’m good with that. I do want to say that if you order through Ama… I mean the mega-humongous internet retailer named after a rainforest and river in Brazil, I have no control over what they charge for shipping and handling.
Also, just saying, there are less than a dozen copies of issue #2 available for purchase. If you have one, hold on to it. It’s got “collectible” all over it.
Oh, please note, in order to keep pace with postal increases, I raised the S/H charge to $3.00.