One of my good friends sent me an email the other day with a question about getting her poetry published (Hi Michelle W., thanks for the question). I thought it might be helpful to publish her topic on the blog today.
How To Get Poetry Published
Research is probably the best first step. I started writing poetry many years ago, and self-published a book of poetry as well. But what I found was that it was a hard genre to break into. It's not easy selling poetry to the mass markets, in fact it's extremely difficult (not impossible, but difficult).
I've pasted a couple links below that might help in researching poetry publication.
Where to Get Poetry Published: http://www.ehow.com/how_4759120_poetry-published.html?ref=fuel&utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=ssp&utm_campaign=yssp_art
Poets.org/Writing and Publishing FAQ:http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/56Publishing
Poetry - How To Locate The Best Markets Where You Can See Your Poems In Print:http://ezinearticles.com/?Publishing-Poetry---How-To-Locate-The-Best-Markets-Where-You-Can-See-Your-Poems-In-Print&id=773555