I’m not one to complain about time. I’m not one to fall into the “I’m just too busy” trap, mostly because I tend not to look at my obligations as burdens. Saying you’re “too busy” tends to register as a complaint. I try not to say that because, well, I really like being busy. I like doing the things that suck up my time, and I like contributing to the different creative and professional worlds in which I’ve been given an opportunity to do so.
Well, well, well. It’s time for AWP 2014 in my backyard of Seattle! Sure seems like this town and state in general have been rising in the ranks of national esteem lately, so the timing of this conference just feels so, so right to me. I’m very excited to be representing Cascadia poets everywhere, and although it’s always nice to travel to other locales (Boston was great last year), the hometown pride factor is pretty cool too.
When you’re a submitting writer, it’s part of the natural course of things that some weeks go better than others. Rejections usually come in bunches, and they come more frequently in the fall, when school is back in, journals are opening for submissions, and everyone is looking to get a head start on the coming year’s work load.
Having occupied many roles in the publication cycle, from the rejector to the rejectee, the acceptor to the acceptee, I am quite fascinated and appreciative of the whole process. A lot of work goes in at all ends, making the moments when it all comes together that much more worth it.
New poem in Issue 9 of River & Sound Review
Last week, my poem “The White Between the Frames” was featured in Issue 9 of A River and Sound Review. This crew doesn’t operate too far from me, and about a year and a half ago I had the honor of winning their five minute poem challenge. The editing team was a real treat to work with on some revisions of the poem, and I have to say it was one of the most enjoyable publication processes I’ve ever been a part of.
So, if you haven’t already, please take the time to read through their latest issue, and if you don’t already, follow them on Twitter (@RSRSeattle) and Facebook. Poetry editor Michael Schmeltzer runs the show online, and he’s always ready with a good quip or a Philosoraptor-worthy question. But yeah, check ’em out and tell them what good work they do.
Posted in Collaborations, Poetry, Press, The Decedents, The Diegesis, Writing
Tagged A River & Sound Review, Anne Champion, Carol Guess, Chas Hoppe, Gold Wake Press, Joshua Young, Kristina Maria Darling, Oyez Review, poems, Poetry, Pushcart Prize, Sarah E Colona, Tasha Cotter, The Decedents, The Diegesis
Over the weekend, I got the latest issue of the Columbia Poetry Review (#26). Besides looking great and being nice and thick, it’s got works by some poets who were pretty influential to me right around the time I actually started taking this whole poetry thing seriously. Okay, semi-seriously. No wait, I mean I don’t take myself seriously.
Specifically, the poets I’m talking about are Oliver de la Paz, whose advice was invaluable to me while he was on my thesis committee, and Rae Armantrout, who is a lot people’s hero and probably doesn’t need me to gush.
But I will anyway: I’m in the issue too, and I can’t believe that I share a book cover with her, and that we’ve both got zombies on the brain (pun intended). I’m grateful to my thesis chair, Bruce Beasley, for introducing me to her work, and I’m grateful to all the editors at CPR (some of whom I got to meet at AWP Boston this year) for accepting my poems “HELP WANTED” and “Earlier.”
It’s a great feeling to see some of my zombies show up in print. And you know, once there’s one zombie, they tend to multiply. Here’s hoping more of them will be showing up in the coming year or so.
Flipping through, I also see poems by J.A. Tyler of Mud Luscious Press and fellow Gold Wake Press labelmate Nick Courtright. Both of these guys deserve high fives and candy. Unless they don’t like candy. Then maybe pizza or something.
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Posted in Poetry, The Decedents, Writing
Tagged Bruce Beasley, Chas Hoppe, Columbia Poetry Review, Earlier, Gold Wake Press, HELP WANTED, J.A. Tyler, Joshua Young, Mud Luscious Press, Nick Courtright, Oliver de la Paz, Poetry, Rae Armantrout, Tara Boswell, Zombies
I still see a man
when light trickles in between
the mouth and the sound.
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Next week, Joshua Young and I will be releasing The Diegesis through Gold Wake Press on February 15.
In Part 1 of this series, I talked about the value of collaboration in poetry.
In Part 2, I talked about how awesome it is not to have any time for anything.
I’ve focused on these subjects because they’ve been the most surprising (and exciting) aspects of collaboration. Today we’re going to round out the trilogy by talking about the nature of ideas.
Why are we going to talk about ideas? Because, well, it’s a good idea to.
If a writer isn’t complaining about not having enough time, they’re complaining about not having any good ideas. It’s always something with us damn writers.
You are guilty of this. I am guilty of this. Admit the guilt, and let’s move on.
My friend and collaborator Joshua Young (author of When the Wolves Quit and To the Chapel of Light) tapped my shoulder in this epic game of tag for the project “The Next Big Thing,” a self-interview for writers with recent or forthcoming books (or I guess projects in process as well). After I answer the questions I have the pleasure of tagging more writers to do the same!
It’s no real surprise that Mr. Young would tag me. After all, we have a collection coming out next week called The Diegesis. I suggest that you read his thoughts here before reading my own, and I’ll try not to say the same things that he did.
Posted in Collaborations, Poetry, The Diegesis, Writing
Tagged Chas Hoppe, Ezra Pound, Gold Wake Press, Joshua Young, T.S. Eliot, The Diegesis, The Next Big Thing, The Waste Land