Sorry I missed out on posting last week guys! We actually drove back from vacation last Friday instead of Saturday so I just didn’t quite make it. I have updated the post from two weeks ago so your work in progress is down I’m posting a newish poem below to get your feedback on. Feel free to post your work in progress (and/or links to your work in progress) in comments, and I’ll take my work and yours down a week from today.
–and now I’ll go work on da poem!!
This has been a bit of an odd week as I got back into the swing of being at home. I was also feeling a little under the weather which means I’ve cancelled my attendance at the NCWC this year. It is starting today and is five hours away. I just didn’t think I could handle that drive by myself this weekend since I’m feeling a little blah (for lack of a medical diagnosis) so instead I’m staying in to write, read, reflect etc.
I did submit some poems this week, and they were accepted! Yay! More details when they come out, but I also received a rejection which prompted me to pull a poem from the next full length manuscript I’m working on. Always plucking away at a new project.Actually that manuscript has over 50% of the individual poems already accepted for publication somewhere, and I’m just organizing the poems right now before I do another read-through. I need to decide if I want to continue sending the individual poems out. I usually stop sending them after the manuscript has been accepted somewhere so maybe I shouldn’t be premature . . . hmmm
I’ve already reported in on some reading and watching, but I am finishing up Loria Taylor’s poetry collection SOB from Sibling Rivalry Press, and before my husband headed off to his anime convention (yearly adventure with his brother the weekend I’m normally at the above mentioned writer’s conference) we finished up Sasuke 26 and 27 which meant hours and hours of watching people try to complete an obstacle course. Just simply fun to watch
This all has me almost up to date although I finished two books last night, a movie, and I’m starting a new pile of books. Nothing like having a bit of time to yourself to give you the time to do whatever ya want. I’ll celebrate that as I head into my extended weekend. Hope you have a good one as well!
We made it! It is Friday. Thanks for those of you who read through my blogs this week. I had a lot of fun connecting my professional life with my writing life this week. I actually drafted some poems during this week as well! I’m continuing to work on my abecedarian project so the poem I’m sharing this week was inspired by that project and the conversations I heard around me from working teachers/writers/parents etc. I was working on another project with poems about a painter that I thought would be a chapbook. I realized last week, however, that I really only had about 10 poems I really liked in that “series” and that the newer material I had been creating for the last few months just wasn’t engaging me so I have folded that series into my 3rd poetry collection manuscript and one made its way into the abc project. Ya just never know where they are going to go!
–And now to dig into the revisions
As always I want you to share your work in progress via link or posting directly as I take down any works posted a week from today (including mine). And, of course, you don’t have to be working in poetry.
Here are some additional items to share:
- I’ll be part of a three person publishing panel and book signing at City Light Books on July 21st at 2pm if you know anyone in the area of Sylva, NC.
- One of the online lit mags I’m reading right now is Diverse Voices Quarterly. Love their new format. Easier to read online.
- I’m also reading Handful of Dust in which I have a poem. If any of my Summer Institute friends from the writing project stop by they might recognize that poem as I workshopped it with some of them last summer.
- Sort of reading, but more listening, how about Natalie Merchant singing old poems for a TedTalk?
I’m sure I’ll have more to share next week when I’m mostly free of obligations except the writing which is, mostly, a joy Oh, and submitting some more work. I did submit two sets of poems this week. Yay!
I seem to be having one of those days where the day is going ZOOM. In any case I have really enjoyed blogging this week so I wanted to make sure to poke my head in first thing and get my favorite blog of the week posted.
I do have a few items to share before my poem of the week. The first is an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education yet I think it has something to say to anyone who lives their life with a curious nature, which is most writers I know.
I also want to give a shout out to my poet-artist friend Amy Bagwell as she has this great new website that shows how she puts poems and art together. You’ll love this!
And from just the other day a reader of this blog reminded me of the resource The Review Review if you are looking for literary magazines to read and submit to.
My poem for this week was actually typed on my phone while I was waiting before one of the various meetings I had this week. This is the original version I think. I haven’t had any time to work on revising. This poem started from a title prompt I had for myself for my painter poem chapbook project but it morphed away from the title so I’ll hold that prompt to myself – for now – and work on it again later.
–off for revision!
Please share, in comments, anything you have been working on and I’ll take down any works in progress next week. You can also post links if you are posting on your blog.
Besides a busy week at the computer writing and revising (and let’s face it procrastinating by doing things like “research” on other projects) I also found some time to submit work this week.
Next week I’ll spend most of four days at a local conference sponsored by the UNCC branch of the National Writing Project.I plan to attend the conference digitally so I’m hoping to be able to blog, tweet, facebook etc while at the conference. I won’t take any paper with me! I’ll have to report in how that goes
For some reason, wordpress turned off comments on my post yesterday? I fixed that in case you guys had any questions on that. But, on to today.
I can report in that I have a poem in the new issue of Georgetown Review. Lovely looking journal that I can’t wait to read. Print so think about support a college lit mag?
Last night I read through the last 12 pages of The ECCO Anthology of International Poetry which is the last book I had from my trip to Boston and the wonderful Poetry Only Bookstore Grolier’s. I found a lot of new international poets to admire with one of my favorites being the Japanese poet Kazuko Shiraishi. This will be a great book to go back to but perhaps too many poets to admire for me to add everyone to my Goodreads list just now!
What to post for you today? Let’s go to the pending list!
–and now I’ll go translate that poem
and when I say this poem is from Salman Rushdie I mean I randomly pulled words from a short story of his I was reading for my World Literature 2 class. I’m not even sure what words I pulled now!
As always, feel free to comment on my poem and/or to comment on the poems that others post (or link to) in comments. I will remove any poems next Thursday so you don’t have to worry if you are sending them out for submissions.
For those of you finishing up NaPoWriMo (and Poem a Day Challenge) stick with it! We are almost there.
And, for everyone else, why not finish poetry month with reading a poem a day?
I’ll be hearing some poetry tonight at the Concord Writers Night Out starring Helen Losse!