I received a great compliment from my 13 year old daughter today when she said in reference to herself: “Well my mom’s a poet.” And then she rattled off a few titles of my poems that she particularly likes. I was made immensely happy—maybe for life.
I have poems coming up in “Press 1” in May. I’m so thrilled that “Memento Mori” and “Tattoo” have a home; and Press 1 is an impressive mag. Great thanks to editor Arlene Ang and her co-editors!
I participated a bit in the “30 Poems/Drafts in 30 Days” National Poetry Writing Month Challenge. I missed several days but I am not upset about it. I stayed on task for the most part and I wrought a few poems out of the drafts. A handful will be sent tomorrow to a literary magazine, maybe just after midnight–since their reading period is exclusively the months of May and October. I’ll let the world know how that goes if it goes in my favor. If not I probably won’t make a peep.
I can’t believe it’s almost the weekend. I am hoping this weekend to tackle most of the Must-Dos. Then I can breathe awhile…I wish you good breathing too.
Don’t you love to breathe?
I have a poem up at Clean Sheets Erotica Magazine: “What is Required in the Forever.” Link is to the right of this page under Clare’s Publications–
Please note the site contains adult content.
The link above directs you to my good friend and wonderful poet Lana Maht Wiggins’ blog.
Lana and I read at Casa Azul last week and are considering some future collaborations poetry-wise! Please check her page out and comment. Tell others who you think might be interested. More info can be found at her page. She is an astonishingly gifted poet, a great woman and friend.
I will be reading poems to college students at University of Louisiana at Lafayette in a creative writing class. I’m ready. And later, perhaps, $2 fish (tilapia) tacos.
…been trying to do the 30/30 thing…so far I have maybe 5 or 6 poems but I am modifying the rules and counting revisions and poem “make-overs.” That way I can catch up and still be in the flow.
In other news: SUSHI TONIGHT!
Thanks to Patrice of Casa Azul Gifts for her generosity and genuine care for poetic and artistic expression, and to Olan for his wonderful support.
Thanks to Lana Maht Wiggins for being a good “partner” tonight and always-friend.
Thanks to my husband and daughter who love me as I am and let me become more.
Thanks to Cindy for being with us tonight, even if it was brief–time with you will always be too brief.
Thanks to Lian for the lovely and inspired poem she wrote for me on the fly!
Thanks to friends–Amy, Jo Anne, Christine–and if I am forgetting anyone I apologize.
Glad to make new friends too!
It was a lovely night with excellent hosts, a full moon and good friends. Perfect conditions for a night of reading and listening to poetry…
Casa Azul Reading Series
(Hosted by Patrice Melnick)
In Clear Voices: Lana Maht Wiggins & Clare L. Martin
Thursday, April 9, 2009
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Casa Azul Gifts
232 ML King Dr
Grand Coteau, LA
Host: Patrice Melnick
Free Black Beans and Rice.
I made a few efforts to send my manuscript Garbage Woman, to contests and I didn’t win any of them but I’m okay with that. I am going to tinker ever so slightly with the manuscript since it is not under submission and because I have revised a couple of the poems in it. But the bright idea that popped in my head last night was to begin compiling poems for a second manuscript (maybe chapbook-length) titled Orphans of Dark and Rain –the title of my blog on WordPress. That title seems the perfect fit for the work I am producing right now and for a few fitting older poems.
So these are my next steps toward having a “book” in hand which will make my mother proud and aid in her comprehension of what having my poems published means, because most have been published online although several are in print. My mother doesn’t do the Internet. Of course I want a book too and I want my words in the world. I’m merely mentioning that I know it would really hit home if my mother could hold my book in her hands. It would make the fact that I am a poet really-really real to her, which must be important to me—which it is. My mother will turn 80 in July.
But at this moment I do not have a book— but that is my aim.
And to restate my action steps:
1) Tinker with Garbage Woman; seek out small press publishers.
2) Begin shaping and writing new material for Orphans of Dark and Rain.
My poems TO HIS DISQUIET WE OWE RECOMPENSE, HEGIRA, and BONE WOMAN will appear in The Dead Mule’s Summer Sabbatical Issue, going live July 1.