Sunday, April 16, 2006

A good day in poetry

I have been thoroughly enjoying my National Poetry Month exercise of writing and reading at least one poem a day. Today's exercise was especially rewarding. I found a delightful article by Naomi Shihab Nye about the idea of "sneaking poems into your day." I wrote a poem I felt happy to consider revising -- always a sign of inspirational fruitfulness, the itch to make it better. And I was emailed by Felicia Sullivan, Editor of Small Spiral Notebook, that a rave review of Femme au chapeau was just posted by reviewer Laura McCullough.

As I survey my direction in poetry -- look out, here comes a major brag -- I feel significantly encouraged. Femme au chapeau has had a series of excellent notices:
The Pedestal Magazine
Smartish Pace
Alsop Review
Comstock Review
Small Spiral Notebook

I think I'll keep doing what I'm doing.

Hapy Easter! Hope you wrote or read a poem, took a walk, or otherwise worshipped in the wide style of embracing the earth.

3 comments:

  1. [riffing pantoum-wise
    on your phrase]


    I worshiped in the wide style
    when pacing the narrow street
    it's true I flashed a wide smile
    -- my narrow escape was sweet

    when pacing the narrow street
    as eventide grew dark
    my narrow escape was sweet
    my prospects thus less stark

    as eventide grew dark
    I espied the lunar bridechild
    my prospects thus less stark
    I worshiped in the wide style

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    congrats on the hat-chits,
    d.i.

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  2. Congrats on all the good words re: your book... looking forward to reading more of your work

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  3. David -- nice one! How you riff these out so easily is beyond me. Thanks for the congrats.

    Nate -- thanks for stopping by and offering your congrats. Much appreciated!

    Rachel

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