July, Already

The title of this post says it all — I can’t believe how fast the summer is fleeing.  I’m busy getting ready for my Chautauqua workshops, so this will be a post in bits and pieces.

First, Verse Daily today is hosting the poem “Ghost Lights” from Keith Montesano’s collection Ghost Lights.  If you haven’t picked up Ghost Lights yet — you really should.  Yes, it’s true that I feel a certain kinship with this book because many of the poems take place in Western/Rust Belt Pennsylvania, but I believe this is a must read for everyone — especially those interested in the contemporary elegy.

Second, I am a bit late about posting this bit of information, but Jeannine  Hall Gailey has some great news on her blog.  Her second collection of poems, She Returns to the Floating World, has been picked up for publication.  Congrats, Jeannine!

Finally, the poetry front has been a bit quiet for me this summer thus far, but on Monday I got an acceptance note from Cave Wall.  So excited about this — Cave Wall is one of my favorite literary journals!


  1. Congrats on the acceptance! Cave Wall is such a cool journal, and Rhett is awesome. I can’t wait to read!

  2. Thanks for the shout-out, Karen!
    And congrats on the acceptance!

  3. Congrats on the acceptance. I love Cave Wall and can’t wait to read the poem.

  4. Happy news! I adore Cave Wall, congratulations!

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