The poetry world has the Yale Younger Series for first books by poets under 40. It has the Lamont for second books. It has the superb, albeit competitive, National Poetry Series which annually brings out five poetry books through participating publishers (2002 competition winners included W. B. Keckler's evocative series of prose poems Sanskrit of the Body, published by Penquin, chosen by of all poets, Mary Oliver). It has... and it has... and it has... perhaps more opportunities for poets to publish full-length books -- in print and on-line -- than in any other era in the history of poetry.
So then why do poets such as Tom Beckett and Nico Vassilakis and Miekal And and... fall through the cracks? The world of poetry is missing worlds of poetry...
A vision: a collective of publishers and patrons and poets (not necessarily in that order) who seek out and publish the work of one to two poets per year deserving of a full-length collection -- focusing primarily on poets who have been widely published in journals for a significant period of time, say over a ten-twenty year time-span -- with the committment to contribute financially for five years. This collective would need to generate far less than the $87 billion George W. Bush believes will make a difference to our world -- $10-15,000 per year, printing, advertizing, and mailing (and I believe these "undiscovered" works will outlast any thing George has done).
How many publishers and patrons and poets? How many people does it take to screw in the lightbulb of a good idea?
Score has both feet on the ladder, reaching for the light fixture. Who will join me?