Fleece The Poets With Stiff Urgent Messages, I'd Rather Play Fantasy Ball

05 May

Poets In The Act Of Winning

Poets In The Act Of Winning


Originally published May 5, 1998.

I don't know how much I will reprint here of the mail I used to get as a result of participating with Poetry.com back in 1984-85, but I quickly learned to avoid the hype and the scam. I never sent them any money except once to buy a book in which my work had appeared. At some point, I won a second prize of $50, which means I came out ahead, but I never played in any of their higher stakes rein-in-the-money games.

Yo Commish! Just an observation and a minor complaint. By the way I think you've been doing a great job making sure our league is running day to day as smooth as the short run draft was. I've noticed every day now since joining this year in my first year back after a championship run in 1993, and a sixth place finish in 1994, both ten team leagues, that an AL action graphic has been displayed on the splash screen. But my team is the NL format. One might think rotating graphics would be the least you could do, but of course action shots of players in the appropriate league would be the best solution of all! No real biggie. It's not like we can steal any signs...

I just wanted to lick a stamp.

Field General
the DC Poets

Congratulations! Your Work Has been Selected For Publication.

Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2000 14:59:03 -0500

Dear Gabriel,

We are pleased to announce that our deluxe hardbound anthology ETERNAL SONGS is now scheduled to go to press on June 1, 2000. About three weeks ago, you were mailed a copy of your poem as it is scheduled to appear in this hardbound edition. We are following up to make sure you have proofread your poem and returned your Artist’s Release to us. If you have already returned your Release, thank you. If not, please proofread your poem and return your Artist’s Release as soon as possible so that we can maintain our publishing schedule. If you are unable to locate your Release, you can review your poem and make any necessary changes to it directly online. Just go to www.Poetry.com and search for your name.

Howard Ely

1 Poetry Plaza ** Owings Mills, MD 21117
Tel: (410) 356-2000 ** www.poetry.com ** hely@poetry.com

I’m pleased to tell you that Emmy Award-winner Montel Williams and poetry.com have announced the establishment of the Cure for Multiple Sclerosis Poetry Contest. If you win this contest, you’ll receive $1000 and an all-expense paid trip to New York City to be part of the Montel Williams Show! You also have the chance to win 114 additional prizes.

Here’s what Montel has to say about the contest:

“I feel truly honored to unite with poetry.com in providing this creative way to raise funds for this charitable cause. I’m pleased to announce that poetry.com will be donating $1.00 to the Montel Williams MS Research Fund in the name of each poet who enters the contest…I urge every poet to enter, since you will not only have a chance to win, but you will also be contributing to research in hopes of finding a cure for this debilitating disease.”

Dear Gabriel Thy:

I am pleased to inform you that you have been selected to be a Judge in the largest poetry bash ever conducted—The World Poetry Bash Finals—which will be broadcast live over the Internet from Washington, D.C. on Sunday, August 20, 2000, from 1 P.M. to 4 P.M. Eastern Standard Time.

As a Judge in this worldwide event, you (and the other Judges selected) will determine the winner of the $5000 Grand Prize.

Unlike a conventional poetry slam, each performer will be taking the stage for this event using music, props, costumes, and special effects to help you fully experience their poetry. Each contestant will have three minutes to impress you with his or her performance, after which you will vote directly through your computer. The event—sponsored by Poetry.com and broadcast over the Yahoo broadcast network—will also be taped for national television rebroadcast. This is your opportunity to take part in a worldwide multimedia event as one of the Judges in the competition.

As our thanks to you, when you register as a Judge and then vote in the competition, as our thanks to you, you will receive a parchment certificate certifying your selection and participation as a Judge in the competition, and special recognition on the poetry.com website.

We want your poem in our Best Poets of 2002 book...
Date: Thu, 12 Sep 2002 14:13:06 -0400

Dear Gabriel,

Several weeks ago we informed you by mail that our editors wish to include your poetry in a new collection of poems written by the best poets we have encountered. We need to hear back from you immediately if you wish to be included in the special edition . . .

The Best Poems and Poets of 2002 Library of Congress ISBN 0-7951-5175-6

To honor the accomplishments of this elite group of talented individuals, we have also established a separate contest with over $3,500.00 in prizes to be awarded among you. You will automatically be entered into the final competition, but you must submit a new poem (if you have not yet done so by mail) to participate in this historic project. Prizes will be announced by December 31, with an anticipated publication date of Spring 2003.

The Best Poems and Poets of 2002 will be among the finest quality books we have ever produced. Every aspect of publication and design will convey the quality craftsmanship and attention to detail that will go into the production of this special edition. This coffee-table quality book will feature an “Arristock leather” cover stamped in gold and a satin bookmarker. The stock itself will be a fine-milled, acid-free paper to last for generations, all edges will be finished in genuine 24K gold leaf, and quality typography will be displayed throughout. And best of all . . . this special edition will showcase the poetry of Gabriel Thy!


As I mentioned above, your poetry will automatically be accepted into this special edition, and as soon as you submit your poem, it will be typeset for publication and entered into the final competition for the contest. You will also receive a typeset “Artist’s Proof” of your poem by mail for your final review prior to publication. And let me assure you, your poem remains your property — The Best Poems and Poets of 2002 is copyrighted as a compilation. This means that you retain all rights to your own work of art.

In order to make our scheduled publication date, you must submit your new poem as soon as possible. Your poem must be original, it must be 20 lines or less, and it must be written by you as one of our Best Poets of 2002. (Since you have been specially selected for the quality of your poetry, if you use a pen name you must certify that the poem you submit was written by Gabriel Thy). And, if you wish to own a copy of The Best Poems and Poets of 2002 we’ve provided a special pre-publication offer available only to contributing poets (you are under no obligation to order anything).

You must also decide if you would like to have some information about yourself and your poetry included in this elegant edition. In this way, the media and public can gain a greater awareness of your motivations, the meaning poetry has in your life, the story behind your poem, or your personal philosophical point of view. We have set aside a special biographical section in the anthology for this purpose. And although we must charge a nominal fee for this service, you are under no obligation to include this information. Your poem can be published without it if you wish.

In the meantime, our design department has already begun working on a distinctive layout for the poetry selected for this anthology. But remember, you must submit a new poem to us as soon as possible (if you have not yet done so by mail). And, if you wish to acquire a copy of The Best Poems and Poets of 2002, please complete the appropriate information.

Again, congratulations. The Best Poems and Poets of 2002 promises to be the most exclusive and widely enjoyed collection of poetry we have ever published. We feel you have a special talent and we believe your poem will add to the importance and appeal of this edition. You contribution to this project is greatly appreciated.

© 1998 - 2013, Gabriel Thy. All rights reserved.

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