Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Happily, I came back from AWP to a PO Box full of rejection slips, my new Indiana Review (yes!), and an acceptance from Slipstream for my poem, "Women Like Me," appearing in issue #29, Spring 2009.
To order, visit:
It's a pretty classic definitional list poem: x=y, x=c, x=q. For example:
Blue birds are blue birds.
Blue birds are birds that think they are the sky.
Blue birds are feathers glued onto bone by a child
who wants to shoot the sky with his bb gun.
Blue birds are hot blue formica tiles cut up and soldered
into something resembling flight intersecting black tarmac.
Blue birds shit and fight and chase off gold finches.
What I like about the formula is that the farther along you go, the more interesting your definitions get as you come up with new insights, new language, new things to say. I think I'm going to do this thing again, for real though, not for blue birds, and this time list definitions for 'grotesque' in thanks to the last issue of Hayden's Ferry Review that I was editor for. Thanks everyone who came up to the HFR table at AWP with love for the issue. The HFR blog also has links to a very good review of the issue by The Review Review.
Friday, February 6, 2009
I want to take a second to suggest to everyone that they send some work out. Since I've had some time off from working, I've been on a major rampage submitting to journals and book contests. This has led to a lot of rejection, and I'm happy to share with you, some success!
Thanks to Cider Press Review, Puerto del Sol, and Gulf Coast , and Pebble Lake Review for my recent acceptances.
Thanks also to the Cider Press Review Book Award for naming my manuscript, Mystery School, a finalist in their 2008 Book Prize.
To read the poems, here's a link to the magazines.
http://www.puertodelsol.org/current.html Look for "Trojan Horse," in Spring 2009.
http://www.ciderpressreview.com/archive/volume9/index.php Look for "Love Poem," and "Museum," in Volume 10, Spring 2009.
http://www.gulfcoastmag.org/index.php?n=2 Look for "Apocalypse," in Fall 2009.
http://pebblelakereview.com/Look for "Pescadita," in the Health and Illness issue due out in May.
I'm not generally a huge fan of occasional poems, but I had fun with the Diwali poem I wrote for the HFR Blog Contest a while back, and speaking of keeping track of time and the passage of time, occasional and seasonal poems are pretty useful.
I'm going on blog hiatus while I'm at AWP and visiting my in-laws, so I'll miss Valentine's Day. You would think that Valentine's would be too super cheesy to even approach. I disagree! Wikipedia has some crazy interesting stuff, history of Valentine's and connected customs, including a gallery of beautiful vintage valentines. There's plenty of opportunity for dramatic poems, narrative poems, poems taking an interesting obscure fact or custom as a jumping off point, or ekphrastic poems using the cards. I'm especially interested in the ones that look like vintage tattoos.
And that's not even getting into the personal/lyric poems that could come of out comparing these wiki-facts with contemporary events or personal events. Valentine to Blago? Valentine from the baby leopard to his piglet pal (look it up on Youtube!)? Valentine to a relative, maybe an in-law?
Whatever your Valentine Poem may be, have fun.