Not animals. Not disciples. Poems. It’s been a while since I’ve submitted any, but the last time I did two poems were accepted, so we’ll see what the latest two do for my batting average. I’m sending “The Prayer of an End-User” to First Things again. I submitted it earlier in the year, and despite the fact that I forgot to enclose a SASE, I received an encouraging letter from Paul Lake, Poetry Editor. It was his suggestion to turn the 16 lines of blank verse into a sonnet, and it took a while but I did it (thanks in large part to the invaluable critique at Poet & Critic).
The other was a sonnet that Carol Taylor suggested I send to the Nemerov Contest. Let’s see, there are about 3,000 submissions for that one, and it would be going up against the work of some very talented poets, but nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? It is a good poem and I believe it will find a home somewhere eventually.
I haven’t written in a month. My life has just been way too busy. Lots of things brewing, though. I fully expect to wake up in the middle of the night again soon and crank something out. That’s how the last couple were created. Hope it’s not tonight, though, because I finished painting the shed today and am pretty pooped :)