I just wanted to thank my friends – both old and new – who have recently offered me some much needed encouragement and kind comments about my writing, especially over the past couple of weeks. I’m grateful today in particular for Tina, Sazl, Michelle, Lisa, Angela, Jason, Russ, Tim and Michael. 🙂
I’m really quite fortunate to have people be so generous in their appraisals, not to mention such immensely good natured people in my life.
From Every Day Poets:
“It’s warming up in the Northern Hemisphere and spring is busting out all over. New growth, new flowers, and of course, new poets. We’d like to welcome Vincent DiPietro, Rohini Gupta, Justine Pannett, Julie deGarie, Eric Robert Nolan, A.A. Howell, Lori Schafer, Michael Braun, Mike Drazen and J.L. Sharp to the Every Day Poets family.”
Thanks, Every Day Poets!
First, my short poem, “Delaware Sheets,” will appear in Every Day Poets on May 14.
Second, when my set of three poems, entitled “Three Dreamers,” appear in Illumen Magazine next year, they will be combined into a single long poem. The tentative new title for this revised piece will be “Birds, Machinery and Warfare: Three Dreamers Leave an Office at Dusk.”
Finally, based on a few informal conversations with a publisher, it is possible that my poetry will appear in a new kind of venue in the coming months. I’ll be able to make an announcement if and when those plans are finalized.
I hope everyone is having a great Spring!
Just for fun, I added a page here with links to a couple of videos. They show me trying my hand at reading my favorite poet of all time, W. H. Auden.
Me reading W. H. Auden ….
Dagda Publishing in the United Kingdom today featured my poem, “Our Room in Brooklyn.” This was a deeply personal piece that I first drafted many years ago in Park Slope, Brooklyn, but I was initially unsatisfied with how it developed. I recently reworked the poem extensively, though, and was quite eager to share it with an audience.
As always, I’m grateful to Dagda Publishing and its warm community of readers and poets for their encouragement and feedback.
The online magazine Every Day Poets told me today that it will soon publish a short poem of mine, “Delaware Sheets.”
It’s not yet certain when the piece will appear, but it should be either April or May. I’m thrilled to see my poem included with Every Day Poets, and I’m quite grateful to the magazine’s editorial board, which worked with me to vastly improve the original draft I submitted.
From Every Day Poets’ website: “Right from the beginning, Every Day Publishing has focused on bite-sized reading for a busy world. In 2007, Jordan Ellinger, Camille Gooderham Campbell and Steven Smethurst launched Every Day Fiction
, one of the first daily online flash fiction magazines, at a time when others were still publishing monthly or quarterly issues. Other magazines followed: Every Day Poets
in 2008, then Flash Fiction Chronicles
I’ll post a link to the poem when it appears. Happy Easter!
From Dagda Publishing: “We have been running a poetry publishing site for over a year now, and want to take our ideas to the next level. We want to turn our endeavours into a full-blown publishing house, not just poetry but literature also.
“The world of publishing is changing rapidly, with the advent of self-publishing, and the increasing remoteness of the big publishing houses who are sticking with the safe titles. We feel that the time is ripe for dynamic, indie publishers to step up and help bring out the next generation of writers.
“We believe that the world always needs literature, to take away the dull and dim veneer that covers our lives. And we believe that we can bring the best new poetry and literature into the world with our endeavours.
“And to make this possible, we need your help.”
Two poems of mine were featured yesterday by the International War Veterans’ Poetry Archives in Australia.
The first, “Syllables and Rocks,” is a darker love poem. The second, “With Apologies to William Blake,” is a tiny joke poem about drinking too much coffee, riffing on the opening lines of Blake’s “The Tyger.” Both pieces can be found at the IWVPA website here: http://iwvpa.net/nolaner/club.php
Illumen informed me on Monday that it will feature my set of three poems, entitled “Three Dreamers,” in its Spring 2014 issue. (This is a biannual publication, so there’s quite a wait time for pieces that have been accepted.) I’m thrilled because this is the first time my poems have been accepted by a print publication, and the first time they’ve been accepted by a literary journal inside the United States.
Illumen is a print magazine of speculative poetry published by Sam’s Dot Publishing, on 1 April and 1 October, in chapbook format. It contains speculative poetry, illustrations, articles, and reviews.
“Three Dreamers” first appeared with Dagda Publishing in the United Kingdom this past January.