I am happy (that’s an understatement!) to announce that my first collection of poems will be published by CavanKerry Press in April, 2021. The tentative title of the collection is Pelted by Flowers, which is a line from my poem “Three Seals” You can hear me read the poem there, too.
When my poem “Cousin Margaret’s Friend, 1955” was nominated by Poetry South for a Pushcart Prize in 2017, I floated on cloud nine for a couple of weeks, and figured that was the one time in my life that a poem of mine would be nominated. But along comes 2018 and word from Mary Meriam at Lavender Review that she has nominated “At Roslindale Station” for a Pushcart. Now of course, being the ambitious soul that I am, I’m wondering if I might win a Pushcart someday. Ah, the peril of escalating desires and expectations.
My last post mentioned the waiting game. That is still in play for my full-length collection of poems, but last Saturday Star 82 Review editor Alisa Golden accepted my new poem called "Flip on the Solstice, Rotate on the Equinox" for the next issue.
Though I am not sure there was a first shoe...at any rate my first full-length collection of poems is now being scrutinized by a number of publishers via contests and open-reading periods. And I have submitted 8 poems (some new, some from the manuscript) this week to journals. Now it is the waiting game.