Today feels like a pretty big milestone here at LitKicks, because we’ve finally relaunched our advertising program after a nine month rest. The original LitKicks Indie Writer’s Marketplace was a big success … in every way except financially. The ads looked great, but it takes a lot of time and attention to filter through prospective advertisers, edit text blurbs, edit graphics, handle payment, manage rotation schedules, etc. We had to shut the system down and look for a better way to grow this business.

We think we found it at This company was created by Henry Copeland to make it easy for content sites like LitKicks to work with advertisers. The service is personal, high quality and very efficient; if you run a good high-traffic blog on any subject, or if you would like to run ads of your own, you may want to check this company out yourself.

We’re psyched to be working with, and our first blogad from BlogAds features “Break, Blow, Burn”, a study of world poetry by in-your-face social critic Camille Paglia. Her selections skew heavily towards the classical rhymers of centuries past, and it’s an interesting list, although the only poems in my own top 50 that make her list are “Ozymandias”, “Kubla Khan”, “Song of Myself”, “The Second Coming” and “Daddy”. And where the hell is Prufrock?

But Camille Paglia is all about the spirited argument, and this book promises to contain many of them. We’re glad to kick the new LitKicks advertising program off with a bang, and we really hope you’ll support the return of the LitKicks ad program by checking Camille Paglia’s book out, if you’re interested in that sort of thing; and if you’ve got books, chapbooks, CDs or anything of your own you’d like to pitch, please think about buying an ad.

Finally, if you’ve got anything to say about LitKicks’s new skin, new advertising program or new general direction, don’t be shy …

3 Responses

  1. Paglia”Break Blow Burn”

    “Break Blow Burn” opened my eyes in many ways. Not only does Paglia call attention to classical rhyming poets, she also argues that overly academic or agenda based views of poetry have drained the simple beauty of the poetic experience for many readers. By listing Joni Mitchell in context with Donne and Shakespeare, she is offering a new look at the whole field, leaving aside hard learned prejudices about what is poetry and what isn’t.

  2. Not the Emperor’s New
    Not the Emperor’s New Clothes

    So I woke up half blinded by the quarter liter or so I’d drunk of 86 proof Henan-grain-alcohol to put myself to sleep and had some of the getting-ready-to-spoil meat on Chinese soda-crackers washed down with instant orange drink mixed with Chinese mineral water and it was all right beause I had that Velvet Underground CD to go back to sleep listening to and when I woke I could check in with LitKicks which was still discovering itself. Cheers.

  3. 5 years have passed …great
    5 years have passed …

    great to ran into your web page after 5 or 6 years ( or more…)At that time I was working at translating Jack Kerouac’s Paris interview for an Italian publishing house- they asked me an essential bibliography as well, so I inserted some web sites – i liked yours in particular, for the Beat passion & accuracy… then I was busy in applying for a steady job,got married, had a son (a stubborn Leo, a rebel…)so had no time for anything else. In Italy tomorrow schools are over and so decided to celebrate taking a wee little time for myself …it was great to see your new webpage, like meeting an old friend lost for awhile. As Jack wrote somewhere ” I’ve got friends from ocean to ocean…” – form this side of the ocean good luck with yr work

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