the new literary journal, Tinderbox Poetry, has just released its first issue! Along with poets such as Kelli Russell Agodon, D.A. Powell, Amy Gerstler and many others, I have two poems in it–The Wandering Witch and Kikimora Looks For Love. Both poems were written in a Rooster Moans Poetry online class that I took last year, on Fairytale poetry.
Kikimora Looks for Love is a humorous look at the slavic myth of the female house spirit, Kikke Morko, who lives behind the stove or cellar and generally causes harmless mischief.
The Wandering Witch was inspired by a Ray Bradbury short story from his collection October Country. each short story in the book features a closer look at a member of this mystical family, and Cecy can move her soul from creature to creature, inhabiting other bodies, when she sleeps. Cecy is a kind, seventeen-year-old girl, who only inhabits creatures because she wants to feel what it is to fall in love.
in both poems i wanted to take the angle of looking at misunderstood women.
i found out today that my confessional class filled up, and then some! i’ll have 13 students, and it starts in exactly a month. i’m a little nervous about teaching more advanced students; i think though it will be a good challenge and change for me.
the class i was taking on fairytale poetry was good; i drafted four new poems and learned more about fairytale poetry. i don’t think its going to be something i’ll pursue much further in my writing right now, but it is good to have that knowledge for later.
Town Creek Poetry accepted my villanelle “Sanctify” for publication–my first-ever published form poem!
Rock and Sling accepted my poem “Felling”, which is one of my particular favorites so I’m glad it found a home.
i sent in an excerpt of my manuscript to an open reading period for a publisher, and i got an email last week that they want to see the entire thing. i’ve had this happen a couple of times before with no luck (obviously), so i’m going to try to not get my hopes up too much.
but ok, yes, i’m still encouraged by it!
i finished my editing month–6 days early! it was tough to get through all of those poems; revising is not my favorite. but somehow it happened, and i even sent out some submissions along the way.
i also sent out to the last book contest i plan to send to for a while. i sent to about ten contests last year, the first time i’ve ever sent my manuscript out widely. i’ve gotten four rejections so far and will probably start hearing back on other contests soon.
people talk about how babies change so quickly and time passes in-a-blink during these childbearing-years, but what i was never told is how fast it changes a person. i feel like i’m changing and growing fast as zu outgrows her clothes.
which of course affects my writing, how could it not? so i’m planning on shelving my manuscript until next spring, seeing what changes happen in my writing in the meantime. the it-never-hurts-to-try part of me cringes at this idea; but my instincts are saying wait.
other assorted writerly updates….
~ i read a good poem and wrote about it on 32 Poems blog.
~ i had some poems accepted for publication: my poem “housework” by storySouth, two poems by sweet, and two poems by Southern Humanities Review. yay!
~ in march i’m taking another workshop– the fairytale poem.
i also picked up a new book of writing prompts: Wingbeats: exercises and practice in poetry, after hearing it recommended on one of my favorite writing blogs.
i’ve used Practice of Poetry for years, and use it for teaching poetry now, but i’m hoping to get some new ideas (for myself and my students) from Wingbeats. i love how the back of the book has an alternate table of contents, separated by categories like “beginning writers” and “group activities.” i’ve only read two of the exercises so far, but i think this is going to be great for teaching. and maybe i’ll get a little extra inspiration myself, and meet that 20-poems-in-a-year goal!