09 September 2006

my poems on my blog

Two years ago I decided to start a blog because I wanted somewhere to publish my poems — my brand-new imitation poems that would never be published because they were workbook exercises. Soon I began blogging poems I’d written without training wheels. My best days were days I wrote poems. Soon I stopped writing fiction. Now I’m a poet.

But I mostly blog poems written by other poets. I’ve been afraid that if I blogged my own poems, I couldn’t submit my poems to literary journals — some journals say they won’t publish work that has already appeared online.

After a year of submitting poems to journals, I’ve seen 2 of my poems published online, 2 in a print anthology, and 5 more are forthcoming. Many more “finished” poems languish in my notebooks and in various editors’ in-baskets. The delays I’m experiencing between acceptance and print publication are six months to more than a year.

I’m not willing to wait that long. Next year I'll be 60. I have a few faithful readers, and I would like to find more.

So, I’m going to start blogging my poems again. If my decision keeps my poems out of journals, so be it.

As always, I welcome your comments.


  1. yea!

    I will read faithfully.

  2. Me, too!

    Let's use our own megaphones, rather than rely on others to lift theirs on our behalf. They don't care nearly as much as we do, do they?

  3. I look forward to reading some of your work online.

  4. Hi, Carol-

    Poetry is so difficult to get published...and sometimes, whether we like it or not, we find that we are poets. I know exactly what you mean about putting your poems on your blog...but I think there are enough places that would still take them into consideration.

    I look forward to reading your work!

  5. thanks, all of you . . .