Happy New Year!

I know I’ve been absent for far too long on WordPress, but I’m back. The only “resolution” I am kicking my ass to keep this year is simply this: WRITE. Write whenever, wherever, no matter what. Oh yes, and send work out. That would sort of facilitate the whole getting the word out there (literally).

To encourage this positive resolution, I’ve started doing some serious literary magazine research. I’ve requested two print copies so far and read quite a bit online. Just the act of reading poetry and subsequently writing EVERYDAY again has reinspired me to the tenth power. Seriously.

So now, I’d like to post links to the sites as a sort of thank you to these magazines and poets:

Glitter Pony
http://glitterponymag.com/

Anti-Poetry
http://anti-poetry.com/

Shampoo
http://www.shampoopoetry.com/

Saltgrass Press
http://www.saltgrassjournal.blogspot.com/

Small Fires Press
http://smallfirespress.com/

Horse Less Press
http://www.horselesspress.com/

The two magazines for which I’m waiting on the hard copies also make the list:

Spinning Jenny
http://www.spinning-jenny.com/

Caketrain
http://www.caketrain.org/

Enjoy.

Confession: I have never read a Stephen King novel.

In fact, I believe I have watched only three film adaptations of his work: The Shining, Shawshank Redemption, and The Green Mile.

But when my girlfriend insisted that I had to write King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, I decided to take her up on it. Last night, I stumbled across a great passage:

“And whenever I see a first novel dedicated to a wife (or a husband), I smile and think, There’s someone who knows. Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who believes in you makes a lot of difference. They don’t have to make speeches. Just believing is usually enough.”

In all my years of writing, I have never had someone who believed in me quite the way Trisha does. (Perhaps other than my parents, but it wasn’t the same.) I have stalled time and time again, coming up with various excuse for not “putting it [poem, story, novel] out there” but I find I no longer have the energy to think of excuses. And I’m genuinely ashamed when I do.

To add to the list of themes/things that will appear on this blog, I want to make a point to share some pieces of poetry or fiction at least twice a week — even if I’m just digging out some piece of crap I found in a journal from three years ago and I’m considering revision. Maybe possibly. I’m a big fan of maybes. They prevent me from actually having to make a decision or a commitment.

So tonight, to get started off with guns blazing, I will share the latest revision of poem called “Juxtaposition.” (more…)