Thursday, March 29, 2012

Poetry Friday, SOL, and Poetry News

                                         
One of my favorite things about being part of Poetry Friday and SOL is the connections I've made with folks who share my passion for words.  We're teachers, writers, librarians, parents, and poetry lovers who support and encourage each other through our comments and blog posts. Writing can, at times, be a lonely endeavor.  I don't have a writing critique group or friends who enjoy reading poetry.  Having an online community of friends nourishes me in a way my face-to-face friends cannot. I feel as though I've found my tribe. I look forward to reading their blogs, and seeing their work in print is always a thrill.  Just the other day, while I was skimming through the April edition of Storyworks Magazine, I noticed a poem written by Irene Latham. Her poem, "Same Hands" was breathtakingly beautiful.  Being an avid reader of Irene's blog, made the experience even more special for me.  Thanks to Poetry Friday and SOL, my soul has found a home. I hope yours has too.   I love this Maya Angelou poem because it reminds me how important it is to make connections.

Alone
by Maya Angelou
Lying, thinking
Last night
How to find my soul a home
Where water is not thirsty
And bread loaf is not stone
I came up with one thing
And I don't believe I'm wrong
That nobody,
But nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

You can read the rest of the poem here.

A small slice of good news!
I rarely send anything out to publishers, but last fall I decided to send a few poems to Spider magazine. I was so excited to get an email from the editor telling me they wanted to publish one of them!  I didn't want to tell anyone until I signed the contract. I guess I was afraid the editor would change her mind.  I don't know when my poem will appear in the magazine, I heard they have quite a backlog so it could be a while, but hey, it's something to look forward to!  

11 comments:

  1. Congratulations! How very exciting! Thank you for sharing the Maya Angelou poem - it is so very beautiful.

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    1. I love many of Maya Angelou's poems. This one really speaks to me. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Getting published is exciting! Congratulations!

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    1. Jaana, thank you. I can't wait to see it in print, but it sounds like I might have a long wait. : (

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  3. How wonderful! These tw o writing communities have come to mean so much to me, as well.

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    1. Tara, I have so enjoyed getting being part of these groups. I look forward to reading all the blog posts! It's amazing how much we all have in common.

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  4. Linda, like everyone, I agree with you! Great post!

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