I love getting sexy with the natural world. I love astronomy. I love mythology. I love anthropomorphizing nature.
So you can imagine that I really loved Perseid, by Wolfnwings. So much so that I felt compelled to share it with you. Enjoy!
dozen of dying star bodies
streaming their rocket tails
in the near-black
each one shooting for the
in a suicide kiss
each light a celestial
slipping into black waters
silent as the night
liquid loving my cool skin
and each parting stroke
revealed a phosphorescent
as though that
had been swallowed
in a pearl-black belly
a hungry ocean
swallowing all light
© J. Noade 2013
Inspired by a list of 100 Best Ways to Becoming a Better Writer on thecopybot.com, I decided in July that I was going to follow Number 66: Rack up Rejections. I set off on a crazy adventure in which I submitted work to 30 literary magazines in 30 days. At the time, I was really just expecting to get some practice in the litmag scene and also start steeling myself to the idea that if I wanted to write, I’d have to come to terms with being rejected.
It turns out, I learned more than I could have ever expected. It was such a powerful learning experience that I am doing it again this month.
I have been racking up the rejections. They are trickling in slowly due to slow response times. This is kind of nice so that I don’t have to hear 30 No!s all at one time. But I haven’t been getting only negative responses, either.
Flash Frontier, a purveyor of fine flash fiction, accepted a piece I wrote long ago about Alaska for their August 2013 Issue: Snow.
And that’s not the only positive response I’ve gotten. More news on that front as the publications come out!
It’s one of my favorite moments on WordPress when I stumble across gems of poetry or prose that I just instantly fall in love with. That’s exactly what happened when I read “Her Best Poetry” on the blog ianstarttoday. It’s definitely worth wandering around over there.
her best poetry
it was quite clear
that her best poetry
was not present in any poem
it was in a blue wooden box
in the backyard shed where she kept everything
she couldn’t stand to look at anymore.
The Round is a journal of literary and visual arts based at Brown University in Providence, RI.
Published biannually, The Round accepts submissions in all mediums and from all sources, inside and outside the Brown community.
The Round is happy to accept submissions of both literary and visual art. In the past we have published prose, poetry, plays, and translations as well as paintings, drawings, prints, and photography.
Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. Typically, for the fall issue, we read through October, and for the spring issue, through March. Issues are published at the end of each semester in December and May.
To submit, please send us a brief bio and your mailing address, if not on Brown’s campus, along with your work. Written submissions should be sent in .rtf, .doc, or .docx format. Please send visual art as high quality .jpg images and include a piece’s title, medium, and dimensions.
Please email all work to email@example.com .
September is here, folks and that means it’s time to celebrate Labor Day by expending a bit of my labor on my writing career. All this month, I will be working on my second Submission Bonanza!
In my first Submission Bonanza! I racked up a few rejections, got some things published (more info to come on some of those things as the publications come out!), and learned a whole lot. It was incredibly successful in more than just my initial idea that I would start racking up the rejections to get my work out there. I am reading more critically and closely. I found lots of new magazines. I feel part of a larger literary conversation. I am inspired to write more. Also, I am inspired to keep up with submitting and submit more.
Like last time, I will be working on submitting to 30 magazines in a month. I have my pieces picked out and edited. I have a list of magazines that I want to submit to. And I have a cover letter and bio template ready to go.
Feel free to join me in this journey. I loved doing this in July and I am excited about all the magazines opening their doors to submissions this month. I would highly recommend that anyone who is wanting to grow and develop as a writer think about doing this in some form. Maybe you don’t want to do one magazine every day. Maybe you want to do one every other day, one a week, or even just one. Maybe you want to do three a week or three a day. Whatever the case may be, set a reasonable goal or yourself and get going. Your work isn’t going to read itself. If you do decide to join, please let me know. I would love to be able to support and encourage each other as the months go on. Good luck!