hey Terry! Since you asked directly, and to dispel your own ill-conceived notions, below are my recent earnings. Yup, this is one thing we certainly have in common — Medium made sure that poets earn peanuts.
Thanks for the insight — I was hoping there was more there, but now I am more convinced that Illuminati(on) is just a bunch of hot air. Everything you write about it is true of all good publications. it’s just that we don’t jump up and down blowing our own horns about it. My editorial team is highly collaborative, we have writers all around the world, we of course (duh) don’t restrict writers from writing elsewhere. Don’t you see, Terry, that it’s pathological, manipulative self-adulation to write an essay about how your writes can write for other pubs — and put that behind the paywall? To make money off a practice that was an established standard long before you showed up?
I get your point about non-English writers — I see the Good Doctor stumbles too, here and there, and as an immigrant who didn’t speak English until the age of ten myself, that is for me his most (or only) endearing quality.
If you’re offering to spread my poem around, please do, I could use the diversity of feedback, so far it’s been all good-humored and positive except for yours. And believe me, I enjoy a good, heated debate, especially one I can learn from, but I harbor no ill feelings toward you, I wish you contentment and satisfaction from your writing (fuck the claps & money, those are the things that really count).