This morning has been a morning of details first. I spent a bit of time recording rejections. Four different journals sent rejections in the last three days. I'm guessing they want to clear the decks before AWP, as all of them are participating in the conference. Several of the rejections included kind notes, so I'm not completely bereft. I'm just glad I sent out so many submissions this month, which helps me remember the whole thing is subjective and with longer odds than picking the winner of any given horse race.
After recording the rejections, I turned to a sweeter task. I'm being interviewed by a couple of different people/blogs/journals, and I received one set of questions last night. Wahoo. It's always an upper to realize that someone is genuinely interested in the work, that someone has taken the time to look at a poem or the book closely enough to formulate questions about them.
Answering these questions provides time for reflection that I don't normally take. I'm always struggling to slow down and breathe more deeply on so many levels. Much thanks to the people involved for the opportunity today.
AWP is ONE WEEK away...wahoo!