- It’s been a week of rejections, including one I waited SIX MONTHS for, at the journal of my dreams. That one stung, and I know I need to improve, rewrite, revise, and rework my poetry if I am to ever publish there. And then…after four rejections, an acceptance of a poem I had a lot of fun writing.
The background: I took a short class at the Art Institute of Chicago this autumn, but I missed one class since I FELL RUNNING FOR THE TRAIN and managed to end up in urgent care. Graceful I am not. But for the class I attended, I wrote a poem based on a prompt, a double sort of persona ekphrastic poem, with persons in one painting talking to persons in another. I am pleased to learn that High Shelf Press will publish this poem, “Saltwater Faces,” soon–in their debut edition.
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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?