So I got ripped off the first time in the 1990s when I had just begun building a career teaching literature in college. I was very young and naive. I wanted a platform for my work and found Poetry.com
It felt like I finally had my answer. As mentioned earlier, I borrowed money in US dollars from an uncle so I would get a copy of the book where my poetry was supposed to have been incorporated. Now, more than a decade later, I still don't have the book.
Anyway, I tracked down the website because I still believed that the deal was real and signed up (again) as I had lost all my earlier account info with them and introduced myself as having submitted such and such poem and that I was trying to find it on their site. I never got a response.
Well, I guess I did, in the form of another offer which says nothing about my earlier submission.
The message is:
Your Who's Who in Poetry 2012 Nomination is Official!
You'll Share $10,000 in Cash and Prizes!
You also Get Two FREE Poet Award Pins!
Congratulations! Over the past 12 months we have been reviewing the poetic accomplishments of people whose poetry has recently been discovered in major poetry archives, poetry websites and in print editions released by various publishers in America and around the world.
It's my pleasure to inform you that you and your poetry have been selected to be published in the historic edition...
International Who's Who in Poetry 2012
Library of Congress ISBN- 978-1-61936-035-8
Are they for real? Well, until they tell me what happened to the book and my poem, am not falling for the same old trick.