New Address, New Mail

Even though I love online journals, I still love getting “stuff” in the mail.  (When I say stuff, I don’t mean junk mail or bills).  This week, I finally got some packages at the new address.

First, my contributor’s copy of Lake Effect arrived, with my poem, “Epiphany with Dead Carp” tucked inside.  My work was joined by other favorite poets including Gabriel Welsch, Jim Daniels, Greg Pape, Beth Gylys, and Doug Ramspeck.  (Or should I say my poem joined their wonderful work….) I was also especially taken by a short story titled “The Paper Eater” by Gary Fincke.  I have read Fincke’s poetry, but never his fiction, and I enjoyed this story so much, I am going to read parts of it to my creative writing class.

I also received BoxCar Poetry Review’s second anthology of poems including “The Night Foreman Sees the Virgin Mary in Furnace #6” by yours truly.  I haven’t read the whole anthology yet — but I love what I see so far.

Finally, as Justin has reminded us on his blog, writers need to support other writers by buying books. We especially need to support poets!  I know that many of you went to AWP, so yes, you purchased books.  However, I just bought my first book of the month — Find the Girl by Lightsey Darst.   I have only read a few of the poems, but I am already hooked.  More later about this great read!



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