In fact, there were hundreds published in 2004.
So, "not enough short short poetry is being published" is NOT the reason short short poetry rarely receives Rhysling nominations.
I also discovered another interesting thing. I didn't find a lot of LONG sf poems out there. I found a lot in the 40-50 line limit, but I didn't happen to see that many of them over 50 lines, although there were a few. All in all, although I didn't keep exact statistics on it, it appears that more short short poems of under 10 lines are being published than long poems over 50.
In fact, I've noticed for a few years that I have trouble finding poems long enough to nominate, and I certainly don't want to nominate the first poem I find long enough to meet the criteria.
So, where are these poems? One of the arguments I've heard recently is that the people who support a short short Rhysling award only want it to make it easier for themselves to win one. This idea hadn't even crossed my mind when I made the motion.
However, for those people whose poetic worth would be defined by a Rhysling nomination in their publication credits, it seems that their best bet would be to write a halfway decent poem LONG enough to make the Long poem category and see if you can find a publisher willing to publish one that long.
Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe I just read the wrong journals. But, where are the long poems?