Friday, March 27, 2009

Good News

I'm pleased to tell you that my poem, Idiosyncrasies of the Body, has been selected for the 2008 Best of the Net anthology, published online by Sundress Publications. The image above is an enticement to visit my poem.

Editor Erin Elizabeth Smith describes the press's mission as follows: "This project works to promote the diverse and growing collection of voices that are choosing to publish their work online, a venue that still sees little respect from such yearly anthologies as the Pushcart and 'Best American' series. This collection will hopefully help to bring more respect to an innovative and continually expanding medium."

I, for one, am tickled silly to be included along with the other 16 poets and poems selected by Dorianne Laux, this year's judge and one of my favorite poets. The notification of my inclusion came as a complete surprise as I hadn't even known that I'd been nominated. So I skipped that whole period of waiting and hoping and went immediately to the good news part.

The anthology, out late this year, was posted two weeks ago, but I'm just now announcing this news as when the poem first appeared all my carefully deliberated-upon stanza breaks had been omitted and the poem appeared as one long stanza. I notified the editor, but she was out of town and unable to get to a computer. Now the breaks have been restored, and the poem appears as I intended it to appear.

Tell me I'm not the only one who would fuss about missing stanza breaks. To me, they really matter. I think that there's a logic in line breaks; certainly, that was my intention in this poem. Also, as its subject matter is pretty intense, I think those moments of pause are necessary.

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  1. I'm more fanatical about line breaks than stanza breaks, and I can't imagine Idiosyncracies withoutn either. It's a long enough poem that visual cues to pacing are important, and the stanza breaks both provide rhythm and enhance meaning. I'm with you on this one.

    Confession, though: When my poem "You Are Hear" went up to represent Issue 1 of Silk Road, and it contained transcription errors (semicolons for commas, "it's" for "its" - which I _hate_), I was too pleased with the honor to complain or to withhold self-promotion. BTW, all the errors corrected themselves at some point; the poem is correct today.

  2. Just minutes ago I realized that I said Line breaks when I meant Stanza breaks. Oh, to err is human. My biggest grievance is when my last name is misspelled as LockwOOd which happens often and makes me grumble like mad.

  3. Congratulations! And I agree, both line and stanza breaks are important. Crucial, even, sometimes.

  4. Hey, of course you should fuss about stanza breaks! :) Congratulations on the anthology.

  5. Congratulations! Fine poem, good anthology, nice to not have to do the waiting part.


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