I have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry

I was delighted -and shocked- to learn this evening that my poem, “North Providence Deli,” has been nominated by The Wire’s Dream Journal for the Pushcart Prize.

When the poem is available online I will post a link.

https://thewiresdreammagazine.wordpress.com/nominations/

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Three more poems appearing

I was pleased -very pleased- to learn this evening that three of my poems will be appearing soon at The Black Lion journal. The pieces are entitled “North Providence Deli,” “Scenes from my father’s Rhode Island” and “Ladies Auxiliary.” The poems are each about what you might call my imagining of my own parents’ pasts. When the poems appear, I will post a link here.

 

A new poem appearing

I learned this morning that my poem “Message from Bongo Brown,” will likely appear this coming week over at The Blue Nib. I welcome this news because this poem and some of its siblings, have bedevilled me. By that I mean, it has been exceedingly difficult to find a home for them.

By no means do I expect that any periodical should publish my work: that would be foolish in the extreme. What has been puzzling to me is where a writer who writes about history, socio-economic and ecological-cultural change should send his/her poetry. The market for poetry, as per my limited understanding, does not seem at all geared toward poetry of the style or substance which I find myself writing. Now, this could be the lament of someone who is simply struggling as most writers struggle; so take what I say with a grain of salt. I certainly do. But I have been searching for a proper home for a body of my work which focuses especially on the history of Detroit, Michigan. Therefore, this morning’s news was encouraging.

When the poem appears I will link it here.

A new site

I have created a new site that is meant as a destination for poets and writers who have political poetry (primarily) that they want to share. That new site, Poetry of the Resistance, is here: https://poetryoftheresistance.wordpress.com

When I say “political” poetry I do not mean the poems have to be narrowly partisan or doctrinaire. Politics is lived experience and consciousness; it is your body and the bodies of others. Politics is your sense of justice, duty, outrage; it is your principles and it is also your disdain. It can be joy and it can be pain.

If you want to take a chance with me on this new journey, I welcome your contributions. You can email me here: demoiindependentlearning@gmail.com