89º ~ some huge puffy clouds, but not enough to dim the sun or the heat, restless breezes, lung smothering humidity
For those keeping track of our cat crisis, Lou-Lou has shown a positive response to treatment and we are breathing a bit easier here at the house of the kangaroo. This has allowed me to think more about poetry. Whew.
This morning, I've spent several hours going over all the poems I thought might make it into the chapbook I'm working on and then establishing an order to the poems that made it in. The main set of poems are the fairy / cautionary tales I've been writing about an unnamed Midwestern girl, with a big emphasis on coming-of-age themes and the threats that those from outside the Midwest might not think about when picturing a pastoral landscape.
That was a mouthful.
I've added to those poems to flesh out the book and to provide some changes of pace between tales. I added the three haibun that I wrote in May and June. While these do not fall directly into the tale trope, I think that they provide interesting texture and background. I also included one older poem that I hadn't seen as a direct member of the tales, but on hindsight might just be the sparking moment of the whole series, "Requiem for the Girl with Sparrow Wings for a Heart." This poems is in the current issue of diode if you'd like to take a look. (Here's the original blog entry on the process of writing the poem, although this one is one of my most heavily revised poems to date.)
For now, the collection is called Midwestern Nursery Tales. I've fooled around with six or seven different titles and may or may not keep this one.
|Thanks to creativecommons.org for the image|
All told, I'm at 20 poems and 21 pages, which means I can start sending the manuscript out soon. I want to let it rest a bit and check the ordering of the poems again. I also need to research chapbook publishers more thoroughly.
Main Street Rag
Dancing Girl Press
Finishing Line Press
Black Lawrence Press
Poetry Society of America
Seven Kitchens Press
Dream Horse Press
Anywhere else I should look?