My second print chapbook, Daughter of the Wheel and Moon, has been released as part of the artisanal Red Mare Chapbook Series (#21). I got copies in the mail yesterday!
The Red Mare Chapbook Series produces a limited print run of hand-numbered, handmade books, with fancy papers, ink-block-printed covers, and hand-stitching. These are beautiful books that feel decadent in your hands, books that you appreciate for their ephemerality, quality, and uniqueness. Poets who have been published in the series include Maxine Chernoff, Alfred Corn, Lorraine Caputo, and others.
The press specializes in works with an ecofeminist bent, and Daughter of the Wheel and Moon combines poetry about nature and the environment with a focus on the magickal Wheel of the Year to tell about the life of a solitary practitioner witch. It may—or may not—be a companion piece to What Magick May Not Alter… you can decide for yourself.
Daughter of the Wheel and Moon is available for $15 + shipping. If you buy a copy, you are supporting a woman-owned, non-profit, small press. And, of course, you’re supporting poetry—so it’s win-win!
I read this post on Facebook about annoying status messages, and the gist of it was, “Don’t post things that make you look like a smug bastard.” And it’s a valid message for blog posts as well. So, I’m hoping that I don’t come across as smug when I say that I have been a submission queen lately–in the last 2 weeks, I’ve sent 2 different chapbooks out to contests and poems to 14 journals. I am not admitting this for praise (because, after all, no one reads this blog), but just to show (myself) that I’m trying to take my writing more seriously. Which I’ve been needing to do. (As we know, if you write something down, it becomes more real.)
Submissions are hard for everyone. But they seem especially hard for me, as I don’t have a good sense of how to put poems together in batches that make sense to me, let alone editors. Often it seems that my poems are really just very different from each other, so trying to group them is like a nightmare. So, I wind up not sending poems out–not the best idea, if I actually want to be a writer that people actually read.
But I’ve been trying (as I mentioned)–and while I don’t know when I’ll be successful with any of these 16 submissions (and already I know 2 weren’t, as I received rejections today), I feel like if I can just keep trying–maybe just sending one or two submissions out every day–maybe I can start getting my name out there and seeing that name in print.