All of these publishers promote the lyrical epiphany mode, with diminishing returns, from an exhausted team of poet-seers. Their dominant authority is closely linked to the left-liberal intelligentsia’s cultural stranglehold. This is weakening, although not without a fight: global events, post-2008 and – especially – the collapse of paternalistic ‘gate keepers’ (via the internet) – are eroding their power and cultural reach.
The first thing is to be grateful.
Grateful to be forgetting ill-understood – and brutally crude – ideas of markets and sales. Get stuff online, in places where it will be read. Ignore all prizes but buy and read as much as you can, from the small publishers (and Salt was one), especially looking outside the UK.
Source: Paul Sutton in Stride Magazine.