Deadbeat Employer of the Day: Poetry Editor/Sucker Wanted

“I am looking for someone to edit my political poetry for self publication. I cant pay a fee to the editor but you will help in my voice been heard through my poetry and the story of my people”

Wow! The opportunity to allow a poet without a publishing deal to have his/her voice heard! That’s reward enough in itself, isn’t it?

Well, no, not really, actually.

And the thing is: it’s nice to be nice. To help people just for the sake of doing it, rather than for the hope of any financial reward. But it’s also nice to eat, pay your mortgage and clothe your family.

As Liz Phair once said: “It’s nice to be liked/ But it’s better by far to get paid.”

Well, amen to that, Liz…


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