Another interesting site. This is not my genre, dark literature, but I realize many of my writings contain very dark elements–just not supernatural. With some editing, they could fit the genre. In any case, here is a journal that has an interesting premise. From their website: Coffin Bell
Coffin Bell is a new quarterly online journal of dark literature seeking poetry, flash fiction, short stories, and creative nonfiction exploring dark themes. When we say “dark themes,” we don’t necessarily mean traditional horror. Send us your waking nightmares, dark CNF, dystopian flash, cursed verse. Surprise us. Make us think in a new way. Give us a new fear. Make our skin crawl.
If you write flash fiction or dark verse, read here and consider submitting. The site is attractive, the care given to writers evident in their bios. What an interesting group of writers published there already, from lawyers to ghost writers.
Yesterday I changed the speaker of a poem from human to animal, something I’ve not done before. Have you considered writing outside of your genre? If so, what was your experience?
Thanks for reading!
Parking here to edit and revise
The woods, late spring
pond at sunsets
white tail pulled down
new leaves. The hawk flew low
Over the walking path
my shadow squat and low
no hooves, no wild thing.
Even the blue jay flew low
that night, while grasshoppers
jumped quickly across the path
my short shadowed sadness and dread
belied the flood of gold.
I submitted five persona poems to a favorite journal tonight, written in the voices of five distinct others: a coyote, a baby, Macduff from Macbeth, Simon from Lord of the Flies, and two strangers. It was fun to find and edit the poems, as well as working on a few others I just could not include at this time.
I love writing persona poems; I am both a a daughter of storytellers and a current poet, and persona poems combine poetry and stories. It’s tricky for me to write in a persona not female, not human, not me at all, but I love to try doing this.
Now I wait many months to find out if any of these poems will be published. In the meantime, I know I will be writing more persona poems, since I am taking a writing class this summer.
What’s the most interesting voice you have written in?