I’m bummed I’m not taking part in National Poetry Month this year. But I have a good reason, and I’ll be sharing that with you soon, too. It’s the most overdue of all the overdue news. It’s the most hyperbolic thing ever.
In the meantime, I had a new poem up over the weekend in TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics. It’s called “The Girl Who Thought She Knew Something About Monsters,” and it’s the continuing adventures of someone from The Diegesis. It’s the beginning of a new project.
Why not give it a read?
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
This is a fantastic overview of some basic submissions etiquette. When I managed the Bellingham Review, I’m happy to say that I rarely got any snarky or otherwise rude replies from writers that we rejected. One does stand out in my mind though: “Dear Editor Type: Those who can’t edit. Consider killing yourself.” Luckily I’m the type to find these things more humorous than anything else, but still, that kind of stuff does indeed stick with you.
You’ve written, you’ve examined the marketplace, you’ve formatted your manuscript, and you’ve submitted with a great cover letter. Time goes by. Months, perhaps even close to a year. Suddenly an email shows up in your inbox or a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) shows up. The moment of truth! What does it mean?
Getting a piece accepted usually becomes the high point of a day, a week, a month, and usually editors are as excited to be taking a piece as a writer is to have it taken. In that envelope is a publication contract to read and a questionnaire to answer. What are First North American Serial Rights? What about contributors’ copies? Are you getting paid?
And what if that envelope or email is just a rejection? How do you handle it? Is the editor breaking up with you?
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I thought I’d stay out of the the whole “Poetry Slam” non-controversy stirred up by one Mark Edmunson in Harper’s. My thinking when everyone got up in arms was, “Don’t you recognize a goad when you see one?” But then I read “An Open Letter to Mark Edmunson”, and I thought to myself that if there is one good thing to come out of silly, silly ignorance, it’s that we are afforded a moment to clarify our own positions and learn not to take them for granted. I highly recommend reading this post.
About two weeks ago, my zombie poem “Secret Origin” graced the seventh flight of Pismire Poetry. And for my second publication credit in a row, I’m featured alongside Nick Courtright.
Pismire has a pretty great aesthetic. You call in to their Google phone number, where a robot prompts you to leave a poem as a message. And then you do just that. It’s pretty fun to listen to garbled voicemails as poems, so I suggest you go check it out.
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
A strange thing has happened in the past month or so, something that tickles me pink but that was entirely unexpected. And quite possibly undeserved.
People have started asking me for poetry advice.
Most recently, the question I got was “How do I get my poems published?”
Now of course, I’m no poetry expert—in any stage of the drafting or publishing process. Maybe one day, but at present I’m surrounded by so many other brilliant, passionate poetic minds that I know I’ve got a ways to go before I could even consider wearing that hat.
I’m just a guy who likes being a part of this world and who hopes to contribute in any way he can.
It was fun getting the question though, which came from a community college student in one of my friend’s classes. I remember being that age too (said the old man), and I remember having no clue how this process worked, so I thought it would be fun to give a short overview here.