Alas, dear Readers, the excitement of this past month has worn me down. First, there was the arrival of my new chapbook, Wearing Heels in the Rust Belt. This Thursday, I will be visiting my colleagues and students at the Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean, New York, where I will be giving a reading and talking about the creative process.
Then, there was the news of my poem being included in 2011 The Best of the Net. “The Summer I Stopped Catching Bees” was originally published in Glass: A Journal of Poetry. You can read it here. My poem joins work by some of my favorite poets including Traci Brimhall and Dorianne Laux. What is really cool about this anthology is not only have I been introduced to work by poets I didn’t originally know, but I’ve been introduced to many online journals I didn’t know!
In the middle of all this fuss, I didn’t get a lot of new writing done. I think I can claim four new poems for the month. Submissions have also been slow. I fell way short of my monthly goal of ten journals. In fact, I only sent submissions out to two places. Two!!!! I have to say that the receiving end was a bit quiet, also: one acceptance and two rejections. I thought for sure that journals would be clearing off their desks in preparation for AWP, but nope, I still have a lot of poems out in the world trying to find a home.
In all this craziness, however, I did manage to read 10 poetry books. And after reading through my blog posts for the past month, I realized that The Scrapper Poet has turned into a me, me, me blog — which is something that I never intended to do!
So, onto March and spring and more celebrations of poetry! Happy Leap Year and safe travels to all on the road. I’m looking forward to reading the updates from AWP.