...In-between sets from poet Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow

January 15, 2018

Wilser's Backstory Forthcoming....

Trying to work my way into the first paragraph of any composition has always been the most difficult. I turn the thing over like I'm churning butter.
"Timing is Everything" -- a statement zapped at me when I worked one summer during college at a bank, spoken by the personal assistant to the president and owner of the bank. She was my mother's age. As soon as she said it, I knew I'd be chasing those words to make up missed or lazy steps my entire life, and I have. So every opportunity offered me I generally take, unless other factors have intervened. 
Christal Rice Cooper asked me to participate in her blog series, initiated December, 2014, called "Backstory Of The Poem.It may not be Motionpoems, or Kaveh Akbar's fabulous interview web series either, but it was one thing: it was offered and it came to me without me hunting it down. Don't we all know what that means? 
So I'm deciding not only will I participate, wholeheartedly, and happily, (in addition to taking on yet a second poetry-related essay request by another online source) but I am going to do the best job I can. First, by signing on to my own blog reportage-style. Second, by stating point-of-fact which poem I will drawing backstory from: to wit, "Wilser Lopez Would Like You," originally published in PLUME, April, 2016. 
Third, by offering never-before-seen illustrations drawn by the gifted illustrator Mike Edholm. I love to show drawing process, if I can and if given allowance, so, proceeding below~
Illustration 1: Mike Edholm

Illustration 2: Mike Edholm
Illustration 3: Mike Edholm

Stay tuned here for when the backstory is published on Cristal's blog. I'll let you all know!

January 9, 2018

I Have Joined the Poet Bloggers Revival Tour, Happy to Say

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!

Ringleaders of This New Year’s Resolution:
Kelli Russell Agodon- http://ofkells.blogspot.com/   
Donna Vorreyer – https://djvorreyer.wordpress.com  
Bloggers to Follow in ABC Order
Neil Aitken – http://www.neil-aitken.com
Teresa Hichens Ballard – http://teballard.blogspot.com/
Sandra Beasley – http://sbeasley.blogspot.com
Carolee Bennett – https://gooduniversenextdoor.com/
Mary Biddinger – wordcage.blogspot.com/ 
Andrea Blythe – http://www.andreablythe.com
Dave Bonta –  http://vianegativa.us
Patricia Caspers  http://www.patriciacaspers.com/
Grant Clauser http://www.uniambic.com
Jared Conti –  http://www.theoracularbeard.com 
Josephine Corcoran – http://www.josephinecorcoran.org
Jenelle D’Alessandro – http://www.borderandgreetme.com
Heather Derr-Smith – ferhext.com/   
Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow  http://cschwartzbergedlow.blogspot.com
Lou Faber – https://anoldwriter.com
John Foggin – http//:johnfoggin.wordpress.com/
Jeannine Hall Gailey  – webbish6.com 
Gail Goepfert – gailgoepfert.com
Sarah Kain Gutowski – mimsyandoutgrabe.blogspot.com
Charlotte Hamrick – zouxzoux.wordpress.com
Erin Hollowell – 
Trish Hopkinson  https://trishhopkinson.com/
Crystal Ignatowski – http://somehiatus.tumblr.com/
Anita Olivia Koester – https://www.forkandpage.com/
Courtney LeBlanc – wordperv.com   
Lorena P Matejowsky   https://nothingbutblueskies.wordpress.com/   
James Moore –   
LouAnn Sheperd Muhm  https://louannmuhm.com/
January Gill O’Neill   http://poetmom.blogspot.com .  

Shawnte Orion  http://batteredhive.blogspot.com/
Sarah Russell – https://sarahrussellpoetry.net
Sandra Sarr – macsarr2000.wordpress.com
Jennifer Saunders  http://www.magpiedays.com
Surazeus Seamount – http://surazeus.blogspot.com
Carl Setzer – https://questionsall.net
Kim Bailey Spradlin – www.kimbaileydeal.net
Bonnie Staiger –https://bonniestaiger.com/
Bekah Steimel – https://bekahsteimel.com/blog/
Hannah Stephenson – http://thestorialist.com
Stephanie Lane Sutton athenasleepsin.wordpress.com
Christine Swint –  https://balancedonedge.blog/   
Carey Taylor –https://careyleetaylor.com.
Dylan Tweney – http://dylan20.tumblr.com/
Eric M.R. Webb – https://ericmrwebb.com
Lesley Wheeler  Lesleywheeler.org
Allyson Whipple  http://allysonmwhipple.com