Dear Open Saloners:
I don't come here much, but I have an announcement to make and I couldn't think of a better place to put it. (This will also appear on Orphans of Open Salon on Facebook, so I am addressing both groups at once.)
Some of you will remember me as SageMerlin from Open Salon. I used the sagemerlin account to publish my poetry and Alan Milner for my prose.
I just had one of those possible end of life health scares and, while I am not yet completely out of the woods, I am no longer thinking that I am on the verge of kicking the bucket just yet.
However, this particular health scare triggered me into one of those end of life tasks that we all have in the backs of our minds, putting our affairs in order, taking revenge where revenge is due, apologizing when necessary.
In my case, the action triggered by the health scare has been the process of collecting my poetry for publication. Many of my poems were published on Open Salon during a very fertile period in my writing life....and that's what necessitates this announcement because I actually have facsimiles of every poem I ever published on Open Salon, along with all of your comments....all of them.
It is interesting that virtually all of the comments about my poetry are laudatory, some of them extremely so. That was what encouraged me to keep up the experiment of publishing one new poem per day for as long as I did.
Now, since I have all those comments, I have been thinking about publishing a facsimile edition of those poems....with the comments. Many of those comments were very insightful and often add to the impact of the poem itself. It would however be impossible to get everyone's permission to republish their comments since I don't know how to reach many of you, and some of us have sadly passed away since those comments were made. Republishing their comments would be an homage to them.
What's your opinion about this? Do I have the right to republish comments made years ago about poems written years ago. Would you like to see such a book? (The collected poems will be published one way or the other. What I am asking about is whether I can or should publish the facsimile version.
Reading over the those comments again, I realize once again how important Open Salon was to me and to all of us. I don't think we fully realized how unique Open Salon was but, since then, I have come to believe that Open Salon was actually kind of miraculous, so many talented people in such close intellectual proximity.
As i used to say so many times on OS, talk amongst yourselves.
Alan M. Milner (aka SageMerlin)