Two poems drafted this morning: "Honeysuckle" and "Small Self-Portrait." The first poem came after taking a bike ride yesterday and seeing honeysuckle everywhere. Also, I had a brief but troubling encounter with a "fugitive" man who struck up a conversation with me in the park.
The second poem, "Small Self-Portrait," is about 8 lines long and I wrote it mainly to fill up the rest of the page in my notebook.
291 poems written since 3-19-20. Probably about 35-40 typed and submitted.
45 submissions. 16 rejections. 0 acceptances. 9 tiered rejections. 7 standard.
Geeze, Daniel, no acceptances? I thought you were good at this! Well, I'm only submitting to the toughest markets right now by design, so you know how that goes...
Since May 3rd, I've been getting up at 4 a.m. each day to work on poems and I'm determined to write a poem each day, type up a draft each day, and make a submission each day. I'm interested to see what comes of this push, foremost in terms of whether or not it seems to make my poems better. I've been feeling inspired lately and I want to make the most of the creative energy while its available!
I'm also working on some music tracks and prose pieces that I hope to release and/or publish soon.
Meanwhile, I'll probably post more blog entries like this one, just keeping a tally of my trek. Once my energy is expended, I'll almost certainly go back to tips and reviews... I'm seeing good work out there on social media and in the literary journals and 'zines. Keep it up! It's deeply inspiring.
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