88 deg ~ full sun, almost no breeze at all
Last night saw the good news email striking again. Glass: A Journal of Poetry accepted the poem "Flood Plain." What's interesting is that this is the one poem that I attempted to write to fill a spot in my current manuscript. I've written on this blog in the past about being in awe of people who can write toward a project or know that they need four more poems for this section and 2 for that. In any case, this is a poem that I felt I needed to write for a section of my manuscript to be complete, but it has not come easily. I've always loved the poem, but I kept fiddling with it over the last two years, knowing something wasn't quite right. Luckily, Holly Burnside and Anthony Frame, the editors of Glass, put their fingers right on the problem and suggested a revision that does wonders for the poem. Once again, I am indebted to the heroic actions of underpaid and underpraised editors who do what they do simply for the sake of poetry.
Way back in the day when I first started submitting, there were very few, if any, journals that did business by email. Instead, everything was stuffing envelopes and paying postage and watching the mailbox. Part of this pattern meant that acceptances and rejections arrived at a certain time of the day that was fairly reliable. A poet could gird herself for the thin envelope of rejection and do a little dance of joy when a fat letter arrived with a contract inside. Now, emails arrive at any time of day or night, and while I'm happy to have the news in a more timely fashion and without the payment of postage, a small part of me misses those expectation-filled walks to the mailbox as fewer and fewer journals send word by post any longer.
At this point, I have the fewest poems in the past three years out in circulation. Luckily, this is because many of them were accepted, although few were sidelined along the way...benchwarmers waiting for me to take another look and see if I can get them fit enough for the first string. This is all the incentive I need to head into my revision process on the drafts I completed just recently.