It's the New Year. And I've spent months and months working my lists of knit apparel, but not done very much writing. Now it's time to whip those lazy, disused muscles that I flexed compiling my first and second poetry collections together in order to gather enough for a chapbook to submit to Rattle Magazine's Prize (https://www.rattle.com/ chapbooks/prize/)...due-date January 15th. Yikes! That's sooner than it feels in cover-time!
As some might know, I've been writing climate change poetry (among other things) these past few years. I needed to skulk though my computer files, seeking out potential candidates from my published file, ready-for-submission file as well as those raw-writing pieces in my WIP file. This list is long enough to more than suffice for the 15-30 poem guidelines dictated by the publication. Now comes the rigorous selection process (always a hard thing to do when evaluating your own work!) List made - printing out the batch, tomorrow. I have an expansive tabletop just waiting to be covered with paper. Then comes the ordering, reordering, culling, keeping?
I'll keep you posted on my journey over the next week or so. Here's me, wrapped in one of my latest keep-warm creations (designed by a South American designer, Joji Locatelli). As long as I can satiate the cravings for colour in my life, perhaps the winter won't seem so long.
Wish me luck...
Poet. Writer. Teacher. Artist.