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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

ICYMI: My Latest Poem

Like legions of fans, I’m grieving the death of Homeland‘s Peter Quinn.

But unlike many of the others (at least to my knowledge), I still have this poem——which I completed before I became aware of Quinn’s demise in Sunday’s season finale—to help comfort me. Continue reading ›

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Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

Monday brings the weekly batch of no-fee, paying listings of competitions, contests, and calls for submissions—plus jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction).
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An Occasional Poem

Every Sunday, Rattle publishes “one poem online that has been written about a current event that took place the previous week. This is an effort to show how poets react and interact to the world in real time, and to enter into the broader public discourse.” Poets are asked to “explain what news story or event your poem is responding to, and anything else you’d like to say about it. Include a link to the news story if possible. Some or all of this may be published along with the poem.”

I’ve submitted work to this “Poets Respond” feature multiple times, and I’ve never had a poem accepted. This week’s poem didn’t make the cut, either.

But I wanted to share this latest poem anyway, and instead for trying to place it elsewhere, I’m simply posting it here. The poem is followed by the text of the what I sent to Rattle by way of explanation, the news story link that accompanied the submission—and a link to the stunning poem that Rattle ended up choosing for this week.
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Sunday Sentence


In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

He bowed slightly and said, “I think you are describing my son.”

Source: Judy Bolton-Fasman, “Khizr Khan Reflects on America’s Future” (JewishBoston.com)

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Friday Finds for Writers

Treasure Chest
Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend. Continue reading ›

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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Tally-Ho!

My blogging time with Poetry Has Value may have reached its end, but that doesn’t mean I can’t continue to share my poetry submission stats with you. So here’s the report for the month of March.

Venues to Which I Submitted Poetry and Total Poems Submitted: (11) Blackbird, Cincinnati Review, Common Good Books Poetry Contest, Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Manhattan Jewish Experience Poetry Contest, Mortar Magazine, New Haven Review, Outlook Springs, The Rush, Third Point Press, The Tishman Review. Continue reading ›

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