I don’t intend to make a living writing poetry–I’ve done that with teaching and business jobs. But reading and writing (poetry, fiction, nonfiction) help me live. So I submitted three of my favorite poems to a journal I really like and respect, a journal that doesn’t seem to have a social media presence.
Since I like the poetry this journal publishes and I like the way their poets are treated, I submitted to them.
Not on Twitter at all. And maybe that’s okay. I know I should spend more time reading and writing! (But I am a sociable person so…) With such a huge emphasis on social media and publishing, who would submit to such a journal?
I will say it again: Reading and writing help me live. I want to share this with others, so I write poetry mainly and sometimes fiction/ nonfiction.
And I am a literacy teacher and tutor.
It all fits together; my vocation is also my avocation.
Now wish me luck with these poems–they are three I love the most, and it will be a big rejection if they are all rejected. Or a sign I submitted to the wrong journal or at the wrong time? (They are my babies–I’ve held them back a long time.)
Thanks for reading.
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?