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Complaint Review: Poetry.com - The International Library Of Poetry - The National Library Of Poetry

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  • Submitted: Sat, November 27, 2004
  • Updated: Thu, January 06, 2005

  • Reported By:Fall River Massachusetts
Poetry.com - The International Library Of Poetry - The National Library Of Poetry
1 Poetry Plaza Owings Mills, Maryland U.S.A.

Poetry.com - The International Library Of Poetry - The National Library Of Poetry ripoff promised money if poem was published Gave me false hope Owings Mills Maryland

*Consumer Comment: Did i just hear you say that Erika from Oregon?

*Consumer Comment: Did i just hear you say that Erika from Oregon?

*Consumer Comment: Did i just hear you say that Erika from Oregon?

*Consumer Comment: Did i just hear you say that Erika from Oregon?

*Consumer Comment: Artisits these days

*Consumer Comment: International Library of Poetry

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I don't have very much to say. Only that I feel raped of my rights to my own and original words of poetry. I was basically told that my poems were my own, and that I would receive money if my poems were published.

(Makes perfect sense since they ARE my works of art, and if you are going to sell a book with my work in it, I should be accurately compensated for my contribution). Only I didn't receive any money in any currency for the hard work, feeling, and experiences that were my own, that I wrote of my own free will on paper (or later submitted into "contests", or online).

I entered my work into a written contest to one of the many contest companies, such as The (Inter) National Library of Poetry. I later received a letter asking for payment for two books of MY OWN to be sent to myself and a public school or library of my choice.

Which didn't bother me because the book had not been published so there was no money made yet. I just figured that after it was published and put onto shelves that I would receive some sort of a check for THEIR publication of MY work. Sadly I was not.

I received my book, and was pleased at the time. But now it has been over a year and the local Library (small town) that I chose has not received the book I PAID for them to receive. I even got a notice saying that they spoke to the owner and they would be pleased.

The thing is I left a request for the owner to call, and never received a call. I later lost my copy of the book. Bad luck over and over again. I recently, however found the book in a very safe place that I thought I wouldn't lose it. Tough luck huh?

So, since I HAPPENED to be at my local library when I found it, I spoke to one of the volunteers there. I showed her the notice I had received about the owner being contacted, and she noticed something... The owner's name was "Joan" not "John". Hmmm a little fishy don't you thing?

Now if they had contacted her in ANYWAY, before they notified me like they said they had, they would have corrected the error of her name. Therefor the book may or may not have had a better chance of being received.

Granted I am thrilled that I may look at my other select poems online at poetry.com, but I am afraid for their safety and my rights as their original and solely/only creator. All I ever wanted was to have my own books with ONLY my works of poetry in them to be copyrighted to me and published, with me as the sole benefactor.

Now why haven't I been compensated for my contribution?

Why hasn't my local library (from a very small town) received the book I requested?

Even BETTER yet... Why can the "Library of Congress Control" not recognize the LCCN appointed to my book?

Why was the title of my poem posted on poetry.com with the contents not released without my sending in of the filled out permission form?

Needs answers I have many poems and they all have a personal story to tell, I did not intend for thousands of readers to read them without some sort of payment for my contributions!

Alicia
Fall River, Massachusetts
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 11/27/2004 11:46 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Poetrycom-The-International-Library-Of-Poetry-The-National-Library-Of-Poetry/Owings-Mills-Maryland-21117-6282/Poetrycom-The-International-Library-Of-Poetry-The-National-Library-Of-Poetry-ripoff-p-120083. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Did i just hear you say that Erika from Oregon?

AUTHOR: Kevin - (Ireland)

I cant believe that you could be so cold. a person can write a poem in ten minutes some can take longer. some could only write about the sun. some can write about the way the mind works and that could take any length. as you have not written the submitted poem you have not right to say weither or not Alicia should get royalties. she is the one who wrote it not you. she is the one who would have sat maybe even crying as she wrote it and so involved with it that she dreamed about it when she slept. if she thinks she should get royalties then she is intitaled to try. Write one, when you feel that you want to tell another person something but can't. Then you send to a silly internet .com as they are willing to listen. dont patranise. Then you'll understand why even i believed
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Did i just hear you say that Erika from Oregon?

AUTHOR: Kevin - (Ireland)

I cant believe that you could be so cold. a person can write a poem in ten minutes some can take longer. some could only write about the sun. some can write about the way the mind works and that could take any length. as you have not written the submitted poem you have not right to say weither or not Alicia should get royalties. she is the one who wrote it not you. she is the one who would have sat maybe even crying as she wrote it and so involved with it that she dreamed about it when she slept. if she thinks she should get royalties then she is intitaled to try. Write one, when you feel that you want to tell another person something but can't. Then you send to a silly internet .com as they are willing to listen. dont patranise. Then you'll understand why even i believed
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#3 Consumer Comment

Did i just hear you say that Erika from Oregon?

AUTHOR: Kevin - (Ireland)

I cant believe that you could be so cold. a person can write a poem in ten minutes some can take longer. some could only write about the sun. some can write about the way the mind works and that could take any length. as you have not written the submitted poem you have not right to say weither or not Alicia should get royalties. she is the one who wrote it not you. she is the one who would have sat maybe even crying as she wrote it and so involved with it that she dreamed about it when she slept. if she thinks she should get royalties then she is intitaled to try. Write one, when you feel that you want to tell another person something but can't. Then you send to a silly internet .com as they are willing to listen. dont patranise. Then you'll understand why even i believed
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#4 Consumer Comment

Did i just hear you say that Erika from Oregon?

AUTHOR: Kevin - (Ireland)

I cant believe that you could be so cold. a person can write a poem in ten minutes some can take longer. some could only write about the sun. some can write about the way the mind works and that could take any length. as you have not written the submitted poem you have not right to say weither or not Alicia should get royalties. she is the one who wrote it not you. she is the one who would have sat maybe even crying as she wrote it and so involved with it that she dreamed about it when she slept. if she thinks she should get royalties then she is intitaled to try. Write one, when you feel that you want to tell another person something but can't. Then you send to a silly internet .com as they are willing to listen. dont patranise. Then you'll understand why even i believed
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#5 Consumer Comment

Artisits these days

AUTHOR: Erika - (U.S.A.)

Did I just read, "I did not intend for thousands or readers to read them without a payment for my contributions"? Woman, do you know what real art is? Art is creating for the love of the labor, even if it means starving. Most artists spend years giving stuff out for free or for cheap, its how you get known. Heck, most the poets we know these days did not get paid much (if anything) for what they were doing at the time. How do people get to the point were they get paid well for their art? Either luck or stepping on other people to get to the top. The only way to keep art for yourself? Lock it in a vault and make people pay to see it/read it. Or, do the riskier thing and make your own 'zine like book. thats what I plan to do. I sent stuff to poetry.com and their publishing pals knowing darn well its a scam, but hey, what isnt?

Now, I have never read from poetry.com that they would pay to publish, only people get money if they win a contest. Do people win contests? someimes, I know a woman whos daughter won. funny though, her daughter thought it was a scam from the beginning and just put the works out there for everyone to see. Just because...and she made a few grand. If you felt so strongly about keeping your work and getting money for it, go straight to a real publishing house, not some thing that appears on the internet, silly. Well, you live you learn, dont you?
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#6 Consumer Comment

International Library of Poetry

AUTHOR: John - (U.S.A.)

I have read a few of the complaints on this website and others and apparently people don't understand what this company does. The Internation Library of Poetry is a VANITY PRESS publisher. That means, they print your work. You supply them with your work and pay for the printing, and they print the book for you. This process has been around for more than a century and is completely legal. That does not make this a scam. I hate it when people misuse the word scam because they don't understand the meaning. If you aren't sure about something try researching it. Don't buy a poetry book and then complain when you get it and realize you are not a famous world renoun poet. Use some common sense people. And don't let situations like this discourage you. If you think your stuff is good submit it to every publisher you can find. If someone honestly likes your work they would probably offer to cover the printing costs. Hope that this helps to dispell some of the misconceptions.
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