It's 4:30 pm, and I've just ripped my contacts out of my eyes and put glasses on. I get the same feeling every day, like my eyes are encapsulated in burning half-spheres from hell. I can thank staring at the computer screen for this.
Simultaneously, I've been contemplating an eventual move to electronic submissions for the Akron Poetry Prize (not this year, but in the future). I'm of two minds. I personally like the convenience of submitting electronically, even if I can't kiss the envelope before sending. But I'm not sure how I'd like reading electronically as an editor.
We only do electronic subs for Barn Owl Review, but I print out things that interest me and read them on paper. With my own poems, I don't feel that they are real until I've seen them on the page.
However, when I read an online litmag, especially one that really curls my toes, I have no problem connecting directly with the text, à la print.
Where do you stand on this dilemma? Can you read, and I mean read, off the screen? Will this get easier with time?
If you would like to discuss this issue further, come see me read at the Literary Cafe in Tremont tomorrow night. Details here. In honor of Lent my theme will be Sacred + Profane.