Stroking the Ego, Not Lying Down

Pebbles, Cape Cod

Beach Pebbles, Cape Cod

I sent out several poems last weekend and there are December 15 and 31 deadlines to meet.  It’s one thing to write a poem and edit and polish it.  It’s another thing to find likely publications, follow the submission guidelines, meet the deadlines, keep track of what’s been submitted and what’s been rejected.  All of that business is very time consuming.  And, I wonder whether it’s worth it.  It’s definitely a stroke to the ego to get an acceptance e-mail, especially when it’s about a one in ten chance.  But..why?  I’m not going to make a career out of this like the teaching poets.  Establishing (some) credibility is probably part of it.

Or does getting published giving my life a purpose?  Here’s a quote from Sharon Olds that I cut out and pasted in my journal:  “Writing or making anything – a poem, a bird feeder, a chocolate cake – has self respect in it.  You’re working.  You’re trying.  You’re not lying down on the ground, having given up.”

I was fortunate to have some poems published this fall.  The first, in Zo Magazine, was in response to a call to write a poem about a photo called The Nightly Unfolding of Madame de Loynes by Luis Jose Estremadoyro.  Here is a link to my poem http://www.zomagazine.com/what-grass/  It is called Doubled Over (scroll down a bit).

Three poems were included in Silly Tree Anthology, which just appeared as a Kindle book.   You can check it out here http://www.amazon.com/Way-Light-Slants-Catherine-MacKenzie-ebook/dp/B00QHEGKCK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1417570626&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Way+the+Light+Slants.  My poems are Seascape, Cardiac Event, a Canticle and Let’s Sleep Under the Stars.  

A haiku was published in Mariposa 31.  Mariposa is the journal of the Haiku Poets of Northern California.  I’m very pleased about this one because I have submitted previously and this is the first haiku of mine they have accepted.

pulling old paper / from nursery wall / Mother’s lullaby

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