Posts Tagged ‘Spillway’

CFS: The Road Taken/Not Taken

The editors of Spillway are looking for poems about choices!  Their themed issued for June 2013 will focus on poems that explore the general theme of the road taken/not taken.  Submissions will be accepted until the last day of March.  Please refer to the guidelines for more information.

The End of the World

This past summer, I took a workshop with poet Gabriel Welsch and one of the poems we read was titled “Nineteen Thirty Eight” by Charles Simic.  The title gives the content of the poem away — in this work, the poet shares a litany of events that happened during that year.  One line reads, “People worried that the world was about to end.”  Someone in our workshop remarked that people have always worried about the end of the world.

Yes, certainly this is true, especially in light of recent events.   Even so, most of us have joked about the idea of the world ending on one specific day — December 21. Several literary journals have featured works about the end of the world.  River Styx, for example, published a special theme issue which featured some great End of the World poems including “Snowpocalypse” by Erika Meitner and “When the World Began to End” by Greg Pape.

My own, most recent Apocalypse poems are coming out  in several journals.  Caesura is on its way to my home and this issue will have my poem, “To the Farmgirl Who Believes the Apocalypse Will Begin in a Cow Pasture” . The newest issue of Spillway is also on its way to my doorstep and will feature my poem, “To the Girl Who Believes Roadkill will Rise From the Dead.”  Can’t wait to read both!

Finally, Escape Into Life has just published an issue celebrating (!?) the End of the World.  My poem, “Auditioning for the Apocalypse” is semi-autobiographical and actually looks back on the early 80’s — the Hal Lindsey era.  You can read the whole haunting issue here.

In the meantime, while waiting for the end of the world, we are bracing for Winter Storm Draco, which promises to deliver Western Pennsylvania a slushy mess of snow just in time for Christmas.

CFS: Nature Red In Tooth and Claw

Spillway is currently accepting submissions for their next issue, Nature Red in Tooth and Claw.  Submissions will be accepted during the months of July and August.  Please read the guidelines listed here.

CFS: Games People Play

Spillway’s new submission period is open!  The new theme for the next issue?  Games people play.  Take a look here for complete guidelines.  Submissions for this particular issue will be considered until the end of April.

CFS: First Time Poems

Spillway is now accepting submissions for its themed issue, “First Time.”   What does this mean?  Well, the editors of Spillway want you to tell them.  See the guidelines here, and keep in mind that “first time” can also mean a first time publication for a poet!