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The length of a poetry book.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:37 am
by roda havet
I was wondering if anyone could give some advice on how many pages a poetry book should have? Or if you should go on the amount of poems you put in it? I have written around 49 poems with some in my opinion being good and others not so good but I put them all in my book anyway. The book at this moment being 61 pages long, that includes all 49 poems, a dedication page, and table of contents page. Any advice on this would be a lot of help.

Re: The length of a poetry book.

PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2015 10:48 pm
by TristanCodyPoetry
"with some in my opinion being good and others not so good but I put them all in my book anyway."

I'd stop there. A poetry book can be anywhere from 30 to infinity pages. It sounds like you are looking more towards a chapbook, though. Many poets favor this style for their poetry.

Never sacrifice quality for a page count. Make sure only your BEST work makes it in. I know quite a few poets who only put poems which have been edited for many years or have been published in journals with a certain level of prestige. They have always valued quality over quantity.

Re: The length of a poetry book.

PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2015 8:07 am
by roda havet
Okay, thank you. I seem to be my worst critic though but I guess that's not a bad thing. :mrgreen: