Next week, I'm back in the classroom, and am looking forward to finding some kind of routine. I've gotten off track with my writing, although I have to admit that it's been a rather productive summer, with lots of drafts of poems and prose awaiting revision and possible submission to journals.
I have been good about working on my course syllabi and setting up my new online classes for the fall semester, but still there's a little bit of disobedience left in me. My poem, "Surviving the Rust Belt Apocalypse"" has recently appeared in Poemeleon's latest issue on Disobedience. My poem joins other great works by poets Shaindel Beers, Heather Dobbins, Joshua Jones, Rebecca Foust, and Martha Silano. It's a wonderful issue!
I am staring down the end of summer. As I re-read this first sentence, I am reminded of the Siamese cat I had as a child who would stare at family members for hours, it seemed. As a child, I always tried to hold staring contests with this cat to see who would blink first. I always lost.
So, it would seem, that am losing the same type of staring contest with this summer. In another week or so, school starts and I'm on my way to a brand new semester. As I'm preparing for the new school year, I'm also trying to wrap up some projects I started in July.
Still, there are some accomplishments I'm happy to report.
First, my essay "What Was Reflected" has been published in Souvenir Lit. I'm especially excited about this publication because the piece is about my late mother, who has been on my mind lately. You can read my essay here.
I'm also basking in the good news of a few acceptances. Literary journals District Lit, Mud Season Review and Tahoma Literary Review have all accepted poems. I'm looking forward to these publications as well.
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