Wednesday, May 16, 2012


THE HUNGER WALL

Prague,1968
After walking to the bridge at Karlova,
we found the river where at dusk the swans
dipped their beaks into the falls for sanctuary.
The trees closed in for shade. We gazed
through willows to the opposite hill, a single
light from a room growing thick with sadness.
Solemn smoke now cooked the evening meal.
We were just about to treat our hunger well
when, out of sunlight, undeclared,
a shaded mass of stone began to stretch
its neck along the slope.
It would scan the water for a quarter hour
before the foliage rubbed its throat,
some internal hunger now assuaged
for only moments, then again, the impulse
thumbed like whalebone on a drum.
The poplars began to rustle. A hawk
spiraling, like an aspen deep in chatter,
betrayed its nest to block the sun.
The dam below rose up to boulder water
as if to show how easily wars are won.
They feed the hunger wall, the waitress points,
the fingers in her skirt rubbing coins
her hands are shoring up to feed the past.
I don’t want the poor to endure me, she says
King Charles said to those he paid, as he watched
their faces, building borders, hunger for a wall,
as she faced the smoldering Vltava, watching hunger well.
(from THE HUNGER WALL, Grove/Atlantic)


Could not sleep so I researched some contests sites and found that MOST are not reliable... surprise, surprise... not really. On Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America I found this article, CONTESTS AND AWARDS that is worth looking at: http://www.sfwa.org/for-authors/writer-beware/contests/

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


HOW TO SELL YOUR MANUSCRIPT WITHOUT AN AGENT


In this article one of the ways the writer suggest for getting published is to enter contests where agents and editors are the judges. She also talks about revising work given the feedback and recommendations received from the contest. I used tthink that entering contests was a waste of time and what if they stole my work, that is all out of my mind but I make sure the contest is valuable in that the judges are reputable and part of the contest prize is that they offer feedback, most do not.

Writer’s Craft #72 – Wasting Time in a Writer’s Colony

My comment: Enjoyed the honesty in your article, most reports on conferences, colonies and writing classes, are "it was so worth..." and then I go... and then I’m amongst the ones that wonders "what the heck?" Yet, once in awhile one meets an incredible teacher and author, as when I met the late Leonard Bishop at an Asilomar Conference. I also witness a once struggling author meet his beginnings at a conference. I was not able to attend the San Francisco Writers Conference - even though I wanted to very much – I am so grateful they nominated me a finalist in poetry and gave me new hope about my poetry. My take on all the tons of stuff out-there for writers: I investigate it as an investment in time and finances, but most of all I continue to write.

Hearing Voices: Women Versing Life presents The Pomegranate Papers

Hearing Voices: Women Versing Life presents The Pomegranate Papers

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Should You Ever (ever) Pay to Have Your Work Read?

Should You Ever (ever) Pay to Have Your Work Read?
I remember when I was so arrogant about my poetry that I felt it demeaning to enter contests, oh how those times have taken a leap into reality. Nowadays it is very hard to publish and or find an agent. There millions of submissions and the slush piles are for every author not already published and or "a perfect writer". Publishers and agents seem to want already-made writers, with a ton of experience in marketing. This article is good advice however; it would be a lot better if contests actually made comments on work submitted and not just accepted it or turned it down.