Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Just an Update

I'm feeling guilty, as usual, for not posting frequently enough. The truth is I've been running out of time in the mornings, when I've been prioritizing new poems. A few days ago I wrote about the lucky moment when I realized what kind of collection I wanted to put together, and fortunately that realization has continued to be a source of energy and inspiration. I've gotten some good feedback from my readers on the initial drafts that emerged from it and have been moving forward with others that I'm excited about. So good news there.

Speaking of readers, this weekend I also enjoined my friend and certified AWY reader Lars (who works in design) to help create a cover for my collection whenever I finish it. My current idea is to self-publish what I'm able to compile this year through Lulu.com or a similar site -- not so that I can claim I'm a published poet or anything ridiculous like that, but to have a record of what I was able to accomplish this year. I feel like that's important, regardless of whether I'm able to get the poems published elsewhere as well. In any case, I'm happy to have Lars on board.

What else? I need to send out a few more submissions, whenever I can get my act together on that. VQR still has a few poems of mine. I need to send a few more to Kenyon Review this month or next (to try to capitalize on an encouraging rejection I got earlier this spring), and I'm considering sending a few to a new literary journal here in Chicago, the Packingtown Review. As always, I'll keep you posted.

11 comments:

C. Carter said...

Just started reading this blog. I update my own infrequently these days.

To comment on your plans to produce a collection of your own work, I did something similar over the past summer. In the two years since college ended, I've had a dozen or so short stories published, but have only begun pursuing the publication of my poetry recently.

Part of my inspiration was a number of online and offline friends who have been reading and commenting on my poetry for years. They encouraged me to make a small chapbook that they could have. I designed and printed a batch via Lulu.com, put a few on consignment in some local anarchist bookstores and mailed the rest out to friends.

I ended up losing some cash in the venture, but mainly because I only really charged my friends for the postage to send the 6 by 9 chapbook and a range of trinkets. However, it was immensely satisfying. I had a few strangers request a copy, and have watched some of the ones I put on consignment be sold.

I don't consider it true publication, and I made sure to keep it off Lulu.com's public marketplace for a reason. However, it was a fulfilling exercise in collecting and editing a range of my poems for the sake of the small audience I have.

David said...

That's encouraging to hear. Thanks, C.

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