is the Love Child of Robert Hayden and Federico García Lorca.
Some editors may not want to accept them if posted on a blog, and that's their prerogative, of course. But they don't count as electronic publication.
M - I posed this exact question a couple of days ago after having a poem accepted, on condition it had not appeared ANYWHERE online, in any form. It had. Read the stream of comments for some interesting takes.
The jury is still out on this question. In my view, it is not unless the poem is posted in its final draft. Other editors disagree. If this makes you uneasy, post early drafts as an image or post them and remove them before they are cached by a search engine. I usually post a disclaimer if I'm publicly posting a draft that clearly locates it as a draft, a work-in-progress, not a final version.
Editors who insist on policies like that (any online posting=publication) are being asses.
I don't know either. I feel this morning that we should just write. I'll probably take things down. I think pages are cached every once and a while and if something vanishes, then the cache crawler shows the new edited page eventually. I think.
Peoples, thanks much. It's confusing, you know? Anyway, yeah. I think it depends on the publication & exactly what I'm throwing out.
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