Subprimal Poetry Art/Music Blog

How We Make Selections

by Victor David Sandiego | Created: Jun 16, 2017

One thing that I have done since the founding of Subprimal Poetry Art/Music four years ago is to talk about Subprimal in both the singular and the plural. That’s mostly because – although it’s chiefly me running the show – we have had guest editor John C. Mannone and input from various other writers. Plus it sounds better, it’s easier, and I do also pass through a variety of perspectives from day to day. Or from morning to afternoon; it’s an irregular cycle.

So when I=we receive submissions I usually start reading after about 50 have arrived. I’m a deadline-oriented procrastinator…

Issue 7 in Production

by Subprimal Editors | Created: Oct 05, 2016

Okay, submissions closed a couple of days ago and today we finished making all final decisions. It’s been a lot of fun reading and viewing the words and art work that everybody sent our way. Thanks so much for your support.

This time around, for our seventh issue of Subprimal Poetry Art/Music, we received more submissions than ever, and needed to make some tough choices on what to include. We had to let some submissions go due to production time constraints — and due to money constraints too, for this issue marks our first voyage onto the paying market seas. We need…

YouTube Channel is Live!

by Subprimal Editors | Created: Aug 16, 2016

We recently launched our YouTube channel, where we'll be hosting some of our works as video presentations. Our first video is Island by Toti O'Brien. This piece appears in issue 6. Going forward we hope to produce at least a couple of videos per issue.

The Amazing Flexibility of Submission

by Victor David Sandiego | Created: Aug 03, 2016

Dear Writer–

Here at Subprimal Poetry Art/Music we have the usual assorted set of rules that we spell out on our guidelines page when it comes time for you to create a submission. We have things like word count, page count, piece count, and document count. This last one is a constraint of the submission system and can’t be overridden, but the first three are things that we ask you to adhere to within the content of your submitted document.

Or not. You see, it’s not quite that simple. While we do need to specify some guidelines around the quantity of these items as a basic sanity controller (my sanity, I should add), I do want to emphasize that these guidelines are more of a suggestion than an absolute.

A creative writer needs...

Post Survey Report

by Victor David Sandiego | Created: Jul 09, 2016

As many of you may know, we created a survey regarding Subprimal Poetry Art/Music and ran it during June. Some of the questions focused on the things we’ve been doing (music / audio integration, art work, etc.) and others on new things that we had been considering.

First, I’d like to give a big thank you to all of those who responded. I know surveys are generally an unexciting errand, but many contributors and readers expressed an interest and completed the survey.

The responses to the questions regarding what we’re currently doing were in the majority favorable. This was more or less as I expected, but it’s good to do a sanity check once in a while.

As for ideas moving forward...

New Issue, New Website

by Subprimal Editors | Created: May 15, 2016

Our Spring 2016 edition of Subprimal Poetry Art/Music is now available. Our guest editor, John C. Mannone, has done a wonderful job with the selections; we have a wide variety of written work (many with recordings of the author’s reading that is complemented by a custom musical composition) and some new and stunning art work as well.

With this issue, we’re also unveiling our new website design. This has been in the works for the last few months and includes not only a new look, but new functionality as well, such as social media connectors, and the ability to follow comments on pieces by receiving notifications via email.

Take a look around — and let us know if you find something that’s not as is ought to be. Sometimes we miss things, and are always happy to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

Guest Editor John C. Mannone

by Victor David Sandiego | Created: Jan 30, 2016

The submission period for our Spring 2016 issue opens on February 1 and I’m very pleased to announce that John C. Mannone will be our guest editor for this issue.

John is an accomplished writer who has over 450 works published in venues such as Inscape Literary Journal, Windhover, Drunk Monkeys, Artemis, 2016 Texas Poetry Calendar, Southern Poetry Anthology (NC), Still: The Journal, Town Creek Poetry, Tupelo Press, Baltimore Review, Pedestal, Raven Chronicles and others.

Author of two literary poetry collections…

Subprimal Poetry Art/Music on New Pages

by Victor David Sandiego | Created: Dec 28, 2015

I put my web investigator hat on yesterday, something I do once in a while to see how and where Subprimal Poetry Art/Music is being mentioned. It’s fun to see if the word of our efforts is spreading.

During my travels, I can across a post by Denise Hill over at New Pages where she talks about the work we’re doing combining music and poetry. She wrote this back in October, but I just found out about it.

Denise writes that after listening to various pieces, she “found each indeed unique and effectively symbiotic.” After reading her post, I’m like to reply with: thank you very much Denise. I appreciate the write-up and am glad you enjoyed the works.

I too enjoy putting these together. Sometimes, the pieces come together quickly, sometimes more slowly, but it’s always a great deal of fun. And as I’ve mentioned before, we start with the author’s reading and from their cadence, tone, and rhythm, look for musical ways to introduce another – and complementary – dimension.

Summer Theme Contest Has Ended

by Victor David Sandiego | Created: Jul 28, 2015

You’ve probably guessed from the title of this post that the Summer 2015 theme contest has ended, but I needed to start this post with something. At any rate, we received  many excellent suggestions and will be announcing the winner within about a week or so. 

I’m currently travelling – and when I get back to Mexico, I need to take a bus south, borrow a pickup truck, move, take a bus north, pick up the car, retrieve my dog from obedience school, and drive back down south. 

I mention all this so that you’ll know that we’ll be a little late getting things set up for the next issue. I’d show you a note from my doctor but I’m on the don’t-get-sick plan. But remember, as George Carlin used to say, a good motto to live by is: Try not to get killed.

Spring 2015 Issue Ready

by Subprimal Editors | Created: May 21, 2015

Okay, the Spring 2015 issue of Subprimal Poetry Art/Music is ready. We've been busy the last month making final selections, arranging things with the authors, creating the musical accompaniment for the author’s recorded readings, working with layout, etc. All the fun things that go into producing an issue.

Once again, we have contributors from around the world, and are very pleased to present a variety of voices.

Take a look at issue 4, I think you’ll like it, and feel free to put your thoughts in the comment sections.


Submissions Open for the Spring 2015 Issue

by Subprimal Editors | Created: Feb 10, 2015

Submissions are now open for our Spring, 2015 issue. This time around, the theme is The Dark Side of Devotion. Please see the guidelines for full details. We look forward to reading / seeing your work!

Winter 2014 Issue Ready

by Subprimal Editors | Created: Dec 20, 2014

At last, the Winter 2014 issue of Subprimal Poetry Art/Music is ready. As some of you know, I’ve been a little late this time around. My studies at the university this semester (Latin-American literature, history, current events, and of course Spanish grammar) kept me pretty busy. But since the term ended a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been working on getting the musical compositions created to accompany the audio readings.

Many thanks to all. We’re pleased to have a great variety of works from around the world. Please take a look at issue 3 and feel free to leave a comment in the comments section.

Winter 2014 Publication Update

by Subprimal Editors | Created: Dec 02, 2014

In the last few weeks, we’ve been working on assembling the Winter 2014 issue. I’m happy to say that we have a variety of voices from around the world to share: William V. Ray with a beautiful flash fiction, poems from Patrick Hansel, Scott Starbuck, David Fraser, Allison Grayhurst, Matt Morris, John C. Mannone, a dialog piece from Michael Faia, other poems from Cameron Sidhe, Sarah Rohrs, Laura Lee Washburn, Louisa Tomlinson, Marilyne Bertoncini and Tendai Mwanaka. Plus art work from Clarice Keegan, Alex Nodopaka, Marilyne Bertoncini, and Ellen Wade Beals.

Things have been hectic since August, but work on the issue is moving along. As you may know, many of the pieces have an audio portion as well – and currently we’re creating various musical compositions to accompany the author’s reading.

Should have things ready to go in about two weeks, December 16. [Update: December 20] If you’re on the mailing list, you’ll get a short email when the Winter 2014 issue is ready. If you’re not on the list, you can easily sign up.

Thanks much for your interest and your support. It’s always a lot of fun and we’re looking forward to getting the next issue published.

Our First Disgruntled Customer?

by Victor David Sandiego | Created: Oct 11, 2014

Yesterday, I received a message from a poet who called Subprimal Poetry Art/Music myopic. Struck me as sort of odd. He had sent some work our way a while back and we didn’t accept it. Apparently, this upset him because somehow we failed to appreciate his work and were not swayed by his bio.

Seems to me that this sort of complaining is unprofessional and serves no useful purpose. Well, it does makes me realize that the person may have been hard to work with if we had accepted something – and I guess that’s helpful to know.

Moreover, this particular poet’s work had indeed struck a sweet chord with us; however, it didn’t quite fit with the overall mosaic that we assembled from the other entries. It’s possible another submission at another time might have worked, but in a fit of …

Winter 2014 Issue Progress Report

Created: Sep 21, 2014

Submissions for the Winter 2014 issue have been open since August 1. We’ve received a large number of submissions so far and they continue to come in daily. Submissions will be open until October 16.

First, a big thank you to everybody. It’s great to have an opportunity to read the works of writers from around the globe, and we very much appreciate your support. 

Creating an issue is a bit like creating a musical composition. It’s not only the individual works, but how they might fit together…

Privacy Policy

Created: Sep 07, 2014

Earlier this year (2014), we published our privacy policy. The privacy policy describes what kinds of information we collect at Subprimal Poetry Art/Music and how we use that information. If you're interested, you can read the details on the privacy policy page. If you have any questions, please contact us and we'll get you an answer out to you right away.

Top Ten Literary Magazines to Send Your Poetry and Maybe Get Accepted

Created: Jun 09, 2014

Originally posted on michaelalexanderchaney: Finally, at long last, those of you who write poetry may find a few helpful hints. There is no desert of lyricism that you must cross with your empty water bottles and broken divining rods. Indeed, there are many fountains of poetry online and in-print for the word thirsty and the prose wary. And yet, it is not often easy to know which of these oases accommodate the emergent poet. Most of the well-known watering holes and definitely the oldest, in fact, are frequently discerning to a fault, making it almost impossible for the novice poet to drop her bucket in their hallowed wells. The following springs, however, are eager to irrigate streams of every kind. So whether you’re experimental or experienced, lyrical or long-suffering, give these waters a taste. They’re reputable and (relatively) accepting.

Read the whole article on Michael Alexander Chaney's blog

Web Site Mobile Update

Created: Mar 06, 2014

We’ve updated the web site to incorporate a new look and to make the site more mobile friendly. If you viewed the site before on a tablet computer, the navigation may have been difficult due to the scaling down of the menu buttons, etc. With this update, we’ve integrated responsive (or adaptive) techniques that allow the content to flow and be viewed more easily on smaller devices. If you’re viewing the site on a regular desktop computer or laptop, you can resize the browser window to see what happens.

In addition, to make the site load more quickly, we’ve slimmed things down by compressing and combining various resources and making some of the images smaller.

If you have any questions, concerns or feedback, please get in touch or leave a comment.

About Reading The Guidelines

Created: Feb 24, 2014

Like most publications, we receive some submissions where it's apparent that the author didn’t follow the submission guidelines. Sometimes a piece has nothing to do with the theme at hand. Sometimes it’s formatting issues, such as not starting separate pieces on a new page. Sometimes, it’s leaving your name/email out of the submitted document.

The guidelines at Subprimal are pretty simple. And they aren’t there to make an author cringe. It’s mostly about readability and in some cases (like putting your name / email in the document) about making sure we have an alternate means of knowing who sent what in case of a system problem.

When submissions come in that don’t follow the guidelines…

Tech Updates (Again)

Created: Feb 06, 2014

Our submission period is open and with it the new submission system revealed a few glitches. Mostly this had to do with our not so favorite browser Internet Explorer, but after a serious troubleshooting session it seems that IE has - for the moment at least - decided to play nice.

The problem had to do with not being able to select your submission file for upload. Things seem to be okay now and if you gave up in frustration (a) we understand; the internet can be kind of a pain sometimes and (b) please come back and try again.

As always, looking forward to reading / viewing your submissions. Hope you'll send some of your work our way and let your friends know too.

Submissions Are Open For Our Second Issue

Created: Jan 31, 2014

Well, it’s been more like a couple of months instead of a couple of weeks since our last post, but we’re now accepting submissions for our second issue, due to be published in the spring of 2014. Once again, we’re looking forward to reading your work.

In order to streamline the editing process, and make things simpler for you, the writer or artist, we’ve been working on a new submission system. You can check on the status of your submission, make notes to the editor, withdraw part or all of your submission, enter a bio, etc. Since this is new, there might be some glitches. Hopefully not, but if you run into any problems, let us know, and we’ll work rapidly with you to get things fixed. Thanks for your patience and your interest!

Meanwhile, check out the submission guidelines and send us your work!

Getting Ready for Second Issue

Created: Sep 03, 2013

Thanks again to everyone who sent material our way for our inaugural issue. I’m happy to say that we received quite a few submissions and had a lot of fun with the selection process and putting the first issue together.

Currently, we’re getting ready for another round of submissions. Before this next call, we’re updating our submission system. Our v2.0 system lets you return to check the status of your submission, to leave a note for the editors, and to withdraw all or part of your submission if necessary. This should be ready in the next couple of weeks, at which point we’ll open it up. In order to have a diverse array of voices, we’re going to ask that you skip this next submission period if you submitted last time.

Remember that one of the things we do here at Subprimal Poetry Art/Music is to ask for an audio recording of your work, and then put your words to music. Poetry is an oral tradition and it’s great to be able to hear the poet read their work. And myself, as a poet and a musician, love to blend the spoken word with music. As always, we start with the poet’s reading for the inspiration that helps deliver the musical accompaniment.

Okay, please check back soon. Meanwhile, you can take a look at the first issue.

First Issue Almost Ready

Created: Jul 15, 2013

The first issue of Subprimal Poetry Art/Music is almost ready. Watch for our publication date of August 1, 2013.

As you may know, many of our pieces have an audio portion to accompany the text. With the embedded flash audio player, you can listen to the work as you read along. So far, all of the readings have been put to music,  something that I love to do. As always, we start with the recorded reading and look for musical accompaniment to support and augment the tone and cadence of the author.

At this time, all notifications have gone out to all submitters. Many thanks to everyone for your contributions and energy in making what I think will be an enjoyable inaugural issue. If for some reason you didn’t get an email notice, please let us know right away.

In August, we’ll send out a direct email to let people know that things are ready. Meanwhile, spread the word, and come back in August to take a look.

Tech Updates

Created: Jun 08, 2013

We've had a few problems with the email portion of the submission system. In some cases, you might not have received your confirmation email. Today (June 8, 2013), we did some updates behind the scenes and the problem should now be resolved. This problem didn't affect the actual uploading and storing of your submission, only the email notification portion.

If you submitted and didn't receive a confirmation email, please feel free to get in touch and we'll double check for you.

Progress Report

Created: Jun 01, 2013

Things are coming along nicely. We've received quite a number of submissions and I'd like to take this opportunity to say thanks to everyone. We're still going through the submissions, and while we've made some decisions, others will happen after the deadline.

As Subprimal Poetry Art/Music is a work in progress, expect some changes and updates as things move along. For instance, we're working on providing some of the work in audio format, with the poet reading the work to music that I've provided. Actually, it's the other way around. I start with inspiration of the poet's voice and words. Then I look for music to augment their work. There might not be time to do all poems, but this is definitely a direction that we want to keep going in. Poetry in an oral tradition and it's always great to hear the poet read their work. Plus, collaboration between the arts provides another level of artistic expansion and appreciation.

Also, concerning updates to the web site, we've implemented a commenting system. Right now, it's only available on these blog entries, but when the issue goes live, it'll be available on the poem and art work pages also.

Thanks again everyone. I'm expecting more entries near the deadline (or am I the only one who does that?) and appreciate your patience as we go through the various entries. Meanwhile, if you thinking about submitting and haven’t yet done so, take a look at the submission guidelines. Love to hear from you.

Submissions are open for our first issue

Created: Apr 22, 2013

Okay! Submissions are open, the news has gone out, and we've started receiving submissions. Thanks everybody. Looking forward to reading / viewing your work!

Our submission system is fairly simple. It's been tested pretty carefully, but still: it is new and hasn't had a grueling workout. If you have any problems submitting, please let us know and we'll fix it.

Web site is ready

Created: Apr 13, 2013

The web site for Subprimal Poetry Art/Music is just about ready. We'll be opening up for submissions in the next few days and are looking forward to seeing your work.

Hopefully, everything will go smoothly. We have out own proprietary submission system which enables you to quickly upload your submission documents. It’s fairly straightforward, not a lot of bells and whistles, but it does the job. If you have any trouble submitting, please let us know right away and we’ll take care of it.

This has been a personal dream of mine for a long time and I’m excited to finally launch. I’m enthusiastic about the idea of reaching out to unusual, thought-provoking poets and artists from various corners of the universe!