Heck, yeah, I'm excited! I know and love so many of these poets in this list. Hi Lee Ann, Hi Mary, Hi January, Hi Diane, Hi Susan, Hi Sandra, Hi Martha, Hi Amy, Hi Charles, Hi Jeannine, Jeannine, Jeannine!...what? didja think I'd stop? What a cool joy to participate in and have the ladies, and huh, look at that, fellas, reinvigorate this tradition! Oh yeah, I'll carry the amps all y'all. You can't play without the amps, you know. I have to follow the caravan though; I drive like a bandit cop but I'm compass-wise challenged.
I'll start my blog year off with a slice of po news that wowed even me. I was in Tucson over the weekend giving a poetry reading, and stayed overnight. Sunday morning, lounging in the hotel bed, I receive a Submittable message -- and as most of us know, weekends are when these master editors sneak in their "thanks, yawn, but check you later" rejects---
and I'm geared up anyway for the release of my second collection, Horn Section All Day Every Day from my publisher Salmon Poetry, with its national launch at AWP in Tampa, sooo--
I am working on my 3rd poetry collection, slowly. Two poems written. I sent them out to a small, select group of magazines, thinking, well, they'll get some fresh air in the process. So, I'm looking at this email with one eye closed, giant comforter all cattywampus, coffee brewing, curtains drawn and it's 9:00AM, ha, and this wildly fabulous magazine has accepted one of the poems for publication! Essentially just written. The book itself probably four, maybe five years away from publication. FIRST poem acceptance for the 3rd collection! (Magazine to be named later after contract signed~) Darned right with the Happy New Year!
Don't stop 'til you get there!