Site News - Tuesday, November 13, 2007 9:29 - 6 Comments

Keep Alive

For Sale

Ok, it’s been almost a month since the last review, and that’s way too long. It’s certainly not for a lack of reviews to post or books to review: I’ve got about 20 reviews that need positing and at least 80 books that could be sent out for review. The problem is time. I’m a one-person operation, and my business and family take precedence over this site. Having said that, I don’t just want to let fade away into nothing. It’s become an excellent resource and remains the only site dedicated solely to Canadian poetry reviews. So, it’s probably time for me to either give the site up or look for a partner who’d be willing to take on some of the workload. If you’re interested in taking over the site or would like help me revive, email me [ebarstad{at}gmail{dot}com] so we can discuss some of the possible options.


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Nathaniel G. Moore
Nov 15, 2007 17:21

It is a great site. It would be ashame to let it go. Why not get some help from freelancers to run it part-time?

Or talk to the folks at Northern Poetry Review, or rob mclennan, who could certainly fuse some of his massive blog into this site.

As far as I can tell, online literary criticism in Canada is up, and being used by a lot of small press publishers to help promote poetry titles post-launch.

It’s a great domain, clean site, maybe you just need a masthead influx?

I’m sure if you asked around, people would chip in.

Nathaniel G. Moore
Danforth Review

Asa Boxer
Nov 17, 2007 12:15

What kind of help would you need? How many hours? Etc.

Evie Christie
Nov 19, 2007 1:43

I have the same questions.

Also, I agree with Mr. Moore, people would be willing to help–maybe get the word out on other sites or listservs (is that a word?).

Nathaniel G. Moore
Nov 22, 2007 15:49

For example, if Nick Thran, myself, rob mclennan, Evie Christie and a couple of others created some sort of collective that worked with the site, taking the pressure off of you, and we commited to a certain amount of reviews, we could run it as a (not officially, but I’m sure there would be no problem) sister-site of Danforth Review…

We get so much poetry anyways, that it would be cool to perhaps, and I’m just putting the idea out there, create an online poetry review imprint in for TDR… Just a thought…

I think people are willing to get behind you, just let us know how.


Nick Thran
Nov 23, 2007 11:18

I think this site has been a great resource, and a terrific opportunity to get the word out on some books that might otherwise slip between the cracks. It’s not something I’m able to commit a ton of time to, but I’d certainly be willing to pitch in here and there as part of a larger collective as Nathaniel has suggested. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help.


Eric Barstad
Nov 23, 2007 11:23

I appreciate all the responses so far, and I apologize for the lack of response. I’ll try to respond with more details when I can. In the mean time, enjoy the recent reviews!

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