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.

5 comments:

  1. yea!

    I will read faithfully.

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  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?

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

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  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!

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  5. thanks, all of you . . .

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