Come on, come all, Oprah is calling for a poetry magazine edited by Maria Shriver! Somehow this must all make sense, right?
This is the actual advertisement, pulled from here if you so choose. But make sure to read the fine print first! Numbers 4 and 5, which state that
All Submissions shall become the property of Harpo, may be edited for length, clarity and/or functionality, will not be subject to any obligation of confidentiality… [and] 5. Harpo shall exclusively own all known or later existing rights to the Submissions worldwide with the unrestricted right to use the Submissions for any purpose in all media now known or hereafter discovered without compensation to the provider of such Submissions.
Bold added by me, of course.
So, let me get this straight Oprah. You’re putting together a poetry issue because April is “Poetry Month” and having Maria Shriver edit it because…. well, why not? Any submissions you do take can never be published again and might be changed up a bit to make more sense to the general audience. So no Poet who actually cares about what they’re writing would, in their right mind, submit to this…
WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH ACTUAL POETRY?!?
*Ahem* or as Miley would say *Uh-em* (seriously, she does, I need to learn to cut videos).
Oh wait, what if you don’t know how to write poetry. What should you do? How can you submit to Oprah? WE ALL MUST SUBMIT TO OPRAH!
No worries, Oprah has that covered too! Here‘s a handy link to the following information. In a post cleverly titled, “How to Write Poetry.”
Now, I have to admit, these are some fairly basic writing prompts, which can be fun sometimes to use, AND if a “housewife” were to read this and become inspired and write a little something and become empowered that’s great! However, all I know so far about this Poetry Themed issue is that they will be featuring the poetry of Demi Moore and Mike Tyson and not a single Poet, like professional (notice that capital “P”) is involved.
Would you put together a Science issue without having one Scientist? Would you call for everyone to do their own science experiments and send in pictures?
I guess the real issue is, they might. Why does Oprah feel the need to treat her audience this way? In all fairness, saying she is “talking down to them/us” is putting it lightly.
What do you think?