40º ~ we survived the coldest weekend of the winter, with lows around 18º and then a snow-sleet mix yesterday, today warming back to normal (50s) but still gray
Dear Reader, I'm holding on to the reins with a firm grip, but poetry time is getting squeezed once again. This is to be expected as we are now a fourth of the way through the semester, and the first event in the Big Rock Reading Series is this week!
This morning, I spent my little bit of time recording rejections. While receiving three rejections in as many days can be a bit overwhelming, I'm happy that one of the rejections from a top-tier journal included this line: "This is not our customary rejection. We hope you will keep us in mind." Silver lining, anyone? Still, these are the first sets of rejections for the sickly speaker poems and so a bit of my faith is shaken. I placed two of the poems quite quickly this past fall, so I guess I overdid it on the faith and the rejections are a good reminder that nothing is a sure-thing in the poetry world. Also, I'm wondering if these will be harder to place for the very fact that they are part of a larger project. Lots to think about.
Now it's off to school to put the pieces in place for Thursday night's reading. I am incredibly excited to host Stacey Lynn Brown. If you are reading this in and live in central Arkansas, I hope you'll come out. Feel free to email me if you need directions.