A Poem Should Just Be

“A poem should not mean but be.
Archibald MacLeish
American Poet (1892-1982)

A good example of this quote is Maria Mazziotti Gillan’s poem today on The Writer’s Almanac, I have been reading a lot of her work lately and loving it. Although she writes a lot about growing up in New Jersey, many of her poems remind me of my childhood growing up in Waterbury, Connecticut.
Italian Women in Black Dresses (Essential Poets Series 116)
I read more of The Van Gogh Blues: The Creative Person’s Path Through Depression, Maisel writes of meaningful creating. How creative people struggle with finding meaning in their work. I can relate to this with my poetry. Not with meaning in the poem but why I need to write poetry…

More snow last night. I closed the restaurant early and came home to find the newest copy of the Writer.I was excited to see an article about writing/publishing online. The article written by the editor of failbetter.com addresses the growing markets of online literary magazines. It confirmed what I had been thinking, if you’re looking just to get your name out, what better audience than the Internet.

some of the markets listed:

The Adirondack Review

La Petite Zine
Identity Theory

Today, take a look at some of these websites. If you have work ready for publication, submit. Many of these literary magazines encourage email submissions.

Now get back to work!

The Writing Nag

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