[This article is now taught as part of the Open University’s Creative Writing MA, and I’ve had many many messages to tell me that people have increased their publication record, sometimes by 200% in a year. It’s also included in our new book How to Be a Poet]
I’ve spent some time lately with poetry journal editors – and also with the poor beggars who, like me, send off work to them. It’s struck me anew that many people, especially those at the beginning of their writing career, don’t have much idea of how submission works and what time span is realistic for an editor to consider a poem. Also, they’re wondering how to keep tabs on the seventeen different pieces that they’ve sent out, in order to avoid the no-no of simultaneous submission.
What follows is the Jo Bell Method; the method of an immensely, award-winningly disorganised poet who nonetheless has…
Today’s team review is from Robbie, she blogs here https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/ Robbie has been reading Donkey Boy and other stories by Mary Smith Mary Smith’s collection of short stories are a real treat. Each story deals with a complex set of circumstances that invoke a strong emotional reaction from the main character. Each character is well depicted […]
Here’s another post about some of the sharks waiting to pounce on the unwary writer… ~~~ As a published writer, sooner or later you will encounter one or more of the following! Once you have published a book or books, it is inevitable that you will attract the attention of individuals with a doctorate obtained […]
Nearly five years ago, I posted an entry to my blog about how I had recently begun writing a novel. How excited I was to tell you of my ambition! And how I’d loved and appreciated the likes and the supportive, enthusiastic comments that little post generated!
Little did I know, then, what lay ahead.
Since the inception of that creative project, my first full-length novel, my path has had a few twists, turns and bumps. One of the biggest and most significant was undoubtedly when I decided, after conceiving a plot, creating the characters and developing an outline, to give up on it.
Alice Walker is an American Poet/Author. Born to slaves in Georgia she now resides in Northern California. She has said that “My poems – even the happy ones – emerge from an accumulation of sadness, when she stands again in the sunlight.” After reading the poem below and others in the book, I read an article on Genetically Modified Foods. Between the two I moved on to create yesterday’s post. I do hope you enjoy her work and you can find much comfort and courage in her words. She has been recipient of an American Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize for her book THE COLOR PURPLE which was later adapted into a film and a musical. For those unfamiliar with her work, I have posted one of her poems.
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker
“We have to wake up. We have to refuse to be a clone.” – Alice Walker
“This is a wonderful planet, and it is being completely destroyed by people who have too much money and too much power and no empathy.” – Alice Walker
* WE ALONE
We alone can devalue gold
by not caring
if it rises
in the marketplace.
Wherever there is gold
there is a chain, you know,
and if your chain
so much the worse
and sea-shaped stones
are all as rare.
This could be our revolution:
To love what is plentiful
as much as
– ALICE WALKER: HORSES MAKE A LANDSCAPE LOOK MORE BEAUTIFUL
TheCertifiablyTRUERavingsOfASectionedPhilosopher: Don't be afraid to think you might be a little 'crazy'. Who isn't? Check out some of my visualized poems here: https://www.instagram.com/maxismaddened/