Tuesday (Fighting the good fight) Musings

I am armed with cold medicine and fluids. I will prevail!

I heard back from one of the journals I sent to this weekend. As of now I’ve heard back from three, and the count is one confirmation and two rejections. The second rejection I wasn’t surprised about because it was a bit of a stretch to begin with, but the first one got on my nerves if only for the simple phrasing: Thank you for considering _____. Unfortunately, due to the large number of submissions we’ve received, we are not accepting new work at this time. Sincerely, The Editors at _____.

This is fine. No problem. However, you’d think they’d put that on their website so I didn’t spend money on postage and an SASE only to determine that they were no longer accepting new work. This brings me to my next point. Journals, if you have a website, please be careful with your updates. Web sites are the primary way in which writers collect information. When content isn’t up to date, it’s a bit problematic.

I’m teaching pantoums on Thursday night and I’ve chosen this one as one of the examples:

Reading, Dreaming, Hiding

You were reading. I was dreaming
The color blue. The wind was hiding
In the trees and rain was streaming
Down the windows, full of darkness.
Rain was dreaming in the trees. You
Were full of darkness. The wind was streaming
Down the window, the color blue
I was reading and hiding.
The wind was full of darkness and rain
Was streaming in the trees and down the window
The color blue was full of darkness dreaming
In the winds and trees. I was reading you.

Kelly Cherry

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