Meaningful Acceptance

Black and white photo of me (environmental portraiture), with an umbrella, taken by Ramin Izadpahah during a photography class he was running.

Black and white photo of me (environmental portraiture), with an umbrella, taken by Ramin Izadpahah during a photography class he was running.


 
So, I just got the heads-up that two of my poems have been accepted to an anthology. I’m not saying which one yet. I don’t tend to make those announcements until the magazine/anthology/chapbook/etc actually launches and, anyway, the author contracts haven’t been sent out, let alone had time for the ink to dry.
 
But, you guys… Look. I send my poems out to places that are likely to find them relevant and appropriate for what they want to publish. Everybody does this. It’s good sense.
But sometimes the submission process feels a little more vulnerable, y’know?
And this particular anthology is one of those times.
I wasn’t sure I had a chance of getting a Yes from them. They got hundreds of submissions, and can only take so many, right?
It means so much that they found my work worthy. That it was relevant. That it fit.
 
I’ve seriously been sitting here, crying, since I opened the email.
I get to be in a book with one of my heroes.
 
So I’m just going to go be a weepy mess for a little bit.
Oh my gods, you guys,, this is such a big deal. ❤

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Moonchild Magazine – I’m In It! :-D :-D :-D

Photo by Lua Deitada Via Wiki Media Commons

Photo by Lua Deitada
Via Wiki Media Commons


 
You guys! I’m so excited! Moonchild Magazine has accepted my poem, “In The Valley of Your Hunger”, for its fourth issue, Silent Hilling!
You can find me in the “Otherworld” section (which also features Mah Fren’ Amelinda Berube), but do check out the plethora of awesome poets, story-smiths, and even musicians included in both the Silent Hill and Otherworld sections of this issue. 😀
 
You can read – or LISTEN TO (because it includes an audio version ft me as the reader) – my piece right here!
 
 
Enjoy, and Happy Samhain!
A.

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Crush Issue 2 – I’m In It!

Crush Zine Issue 2 (2018) Magazine cover is white with black text. Image is a black bow and arrow aiming at a triangular cut-out that shows through the pink-on-pink muscle-wall of the inner cover.

Crush Zine Issue 2 (2018)
Magazine cover is white with black text.
Image is a black bow and arrow aiming at a triangular cut-out that shows through the pink-on-pink muscle-wall of the inner cover.


 
Hey!
So, every year, the Bi Arts Festival puts out a zine of work by bi-identified writers and visual artists.
I’m pleased to announce – having received my contributor copy in the mail – that my poem, “Sensible”, is part of Issue Two (pictured above).
 
You may or may not still be able to get hard-copies through Glad Day Books in Toronto, or by contacting the festival itself.
 
While it’s not unheard of for me to get my work published in print format, I’m more likely to be published in online journals and periodicals and, I have to say, it’s pretty exciting to have a piece of my published poetry that I can actually hold in my hand. 😀
Do see if you can pick one up.
 
 
Cheers,
A.

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‘Following the River Exe on a Wednesday Afternoon’ and other poems by Kate Garrett

Some lovely poetry over here, by Kate Garrett. Go take a look!

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Granny Woman

The men leave us be; at times
like this they take themselves
out to the porch with pipes
and tin cups. Everyone trusts

the granny woman. She knows
best, walks for miles when
there’s a baby coming, brings
her bag along. The bottles

of green-smelling whiskey,
fat leaves smooth and big
as her hand, rolled into jars,
rattle next to mud bases

for the poultice. She eases
the pains away, welcomes
every life into the wild world,
soothes swollen breasts so new

young ones can feed. Now and then
she brews up roots and stems
for some silly girl with a problem.
I’d say the men on the porch

never know much about that.
Some must believe they’re lucky.
They never say anyhow. They don’t see
what we see: the other side

of the granny woman, when she
doesn’t bring joy, calm and a blessing,
when she carries…

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L’Éphémère Review – I’m In It!

“River cayaking course in Ottawa” – Photo by Tomashu via Wiki Free Images


 
So, I mentioned the other day that I have some good news. I’m pleased to announce that one of my pieces has been accepted for L’Éphémère Review’s Issue 11: Jubilee.
 
My poem, LeBreton Flats Spring Day, is live. Feel free to check it out. 😀

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Augur Magazine – I’m Not In It (Yet)

Augur Buzzard in Flight - Matt Edmonds - Via Wikimedia Commons

Augur Buzzard in Flight
Matt Edmonds
Via Wikimedia Commons


 
So. As-you-know-bob, I’ve been submitting to a bunch of journals and periodicals and magazines. My goal, which so-far I’ve mostly been meeting-or-exceeding, is to submit to three places per month.
A while back, I submitted five poems to Augur Magazine which, as a paid market with a huge slush pile, is kind of more at the long-shot end of my particular submissions spectrum.
 
Unsurprisingly, none of my pieces made it through the final cut BUT! One of my pieces DID make it onto their long list, which I am pretty damn chuffed about in and of itself.
I’m taking this long-listing of my work as an encouraging sign, and I’m looking forward to submitting to them again in the future.
 
Gotta admit, though. Getting the news that a different publication has accepted one of my submissions – a poem that is part of my in-progress chapbook manuscript – on the same day that I got Augur’s rejection letter? It softened the blow a little bit. 😉
More on that when the piece goes live.
 
 
TTFN,
A.

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Rag Queen Periodical – I’m In It!

Blue Topaz - Translucent blue polished gem, rough-cut, on a black surface with a black backdrop - Photo Didier Descouens - Courtesy of Wiki Media Commons

Blue Topaz – Translucent blue polished gem, rough-cut, on a black surface with a black backdrop – Photo Didier Descouens – Courtesy of Wiki Media Commons


 
Hey, all!
I am massively excited to announce that my poem, “My Body Is A Spell”, has been published in Issue Two of Rag Queen Periodical! 😀
 
You can read it here.

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Flash Performance at Sawdust

“Flock of Birds” by Faisal Akram
Courtesy of WikiMedia Commons
A flock of dark-winged, white-bodied gulls flying this way and that over a marsh.


 
So! Here we are.
Last night, and despite still being in the process of fighting off a sinus/upper-respiratory infection (I hope I managed not to breath on anybody), I went to Sawdust for their Spoken Word Summer event, featuring nina jane drystek, Nathanaël Larochette, and Barâa Arar.
 
I enjoyed the show. The open mic – in-which I participated – was packed, which was fantastic, the room was full of queerdos, and the feature performers showcased a variety of styles, including sound poetry which is not something I tend to hear.
 
Or participate in.
😀
 
The reason I went to this particular Sawdust event, especially given that I was sick and would likely have skipped it under different circumstances, was because I’d been contacted a scant ten days earlier by the above-mentioned nina jane drystek about taking part in a choral performance of sound poetry based on a Kimiko Murakami piece of concrete poetry.
 
Now, I’ve sung in choirs before. And group performances are at least a little familiar to me, if only as poetry slam team pieces. But I’ve never performed a group spoken piece, and definitely not one that involved pulling and twisting the syllables of an ostinato only three words long.
So I figured, what the heck, I’ll give it a shot.
 
Three rehearsals and a flurry of messages later, I and nine other local lady poets (half or more of us queers of one stripe or another, which delights me even more) interrupted[1] the “final announcements” section at the end of the show, taking the stage one by one, to become a flock of birdgirls playing with the theme of “we are here” (Are we here? Here we are!), squashing, stretching, and clipping the syllables, layering the words over each other, passing them back and forth, crescendo and diminuendo turning them into waves, into birds shoaling, letting them echo and fade.
 
It was a fun time. To be part of a storm.
It was neat to see people’s expressions, in the audience, which from where I was standing looked pretty delighted with the whole thing.
I think I would do this again. 😀
 
 
TTFN,
A.
 
 
[1] It was, in fact, planned from the get-go, and the organizers were in on it.

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Forthcoming Book

Woot!
Exciting news from Arielle Twist! 😀 😀 😀

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My (Small Press) Writing Day

So. rob mclennan has a series going called “my (small press) writing day”. The idea being to showcase what a writer’s professional day looks like when they are “emerging”, published through small presses, and similar.
rob emailed me like, five months ago, asking if I’d be interested in contributing a piece.
It took me five months to figure out how to write down what my writing day actually looks like.
Which, to the surprise of nobody, is not at all what the writing days of those big-publisher-supported authors who contribute pieces to The Guardian. 😉
No inspiring views of moving water here, unless we’re talking about the rinse cycle in an industrial washer.
 
You can read about the particulars of my “writing day” here.
 

One of the places where I write. Image is a bank of laundromat washing machines with my spiral-bound notebook, and a couple of colourful pens, in the foreground.

One of the places where I write.
Image is a bank of laundromat washing machines with my spiral-bound notebook, and a couple of colourful pens, in the foreground.

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