Recently while perusing markets via Duotrope, I found the Canadian journal Ditch. I’m happy to report that they selected two of the poems I submitted and have published them today. Ditch also is promoting women poets with a section called Girls Night Out. I hope you’ll take a look around Ditch, the poetry that matters site.
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The time spent immersed with veterans across conflicts and generations was without compare. This was so much more than a writing retreat. Yes, there was lots and lots of creative writing. Yes, there was much discussion of craft. Yes, there were word prompts and revision and work shopping of deeply personal moments in the life of someone who just days before was a complete stranger. The biggest gift though was the common thread of respect and mutual regard as veterans. No one had to prove anything. All of us had already “been there, done that.”
I attended in a genre not my usual focal point, poetry. I’ve been spending a large part of this year concentrating on poetry though nonfiction narrative is where my MFA and much of what I publish remains. In part, this has been to return myself to my writing first love and first roots. I’ve considered returning for another MFA, in Poetry, as I don’t feel I have the “poetics” muscle well developed, and lack the scholarly experience the genre seems to demand for an educated discussion within the poetry community. Or perhaps I’m placing too much weight in the academic side of the poetry community. What my experience immersed in poetry this week with four other poets and the wonderful tutelage from North Carolina Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti gave me was tremendous validation as a poet. That the narratives I write, in poetry or in prose are a means to give voice and that this is a calling I must continue.
On the final night, we all gave readings, please give a listen to my reading of the original poem, When Jenny Comes Marching Home.
Winter always leads to spring. This found poem entitled Winter Seed Spring is sourced from pages 174-175, and from the story The Lippia Lawn.
Today’s found poem is entitled Dinner. The story Caveat Emptor is the source text, pages 82-83. Food is such an intimacy when shared.
What makes a Well-Rounded Woman is the idea discussed in day four’s remix. Taken from the story Caveat Emptor this found poem looks at what is a woman’s real worth as reflected in culture and society. Pages 76-77 were the source text.
The story A Modest Proposal provides the source text for the next installment, Pan was found using pages 68-69. This found poem reflects upon isolation, infertility and drive for survival.
Using three stanzas of six lines, ten lines, then six lines again; this found poem entitled Femininity is an ode to the definition of womanhood and femininity, or perhaps a discussion from different perspectives.