Confession Tuesday

Happy Tuesday, folks. You know the drill.

Tom Perrotta is visiting my class today. I hope my students ask good questions. Gosh, I just hope they ask questions.

If you're local, there will also be a reading and conversation with Tom, today at 2 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Room, Ellison Campus Center at Salem State University.

Join us!


I have new poems up at Connotation Press. Thanks to John Hoppenthaler for selecting my work. It’s a very cool online journal.


Have you ever spent too much time revising a poem? I feel like I’ve spent a week working on a poem for the Improbable Places Poetry Tour reading. The theme this week is color, and the poem was harder to write than I expected. Revision was torture. I have to say, the theme-based poems for the Improbable readings usually turn out to be keepers. This one? I'm not so sure. Good enough to read, but probably won’t get sent out to publish. And, that's OK.

I feel like I’m punishing my child before he’s done anything wrong.

Details on the Improbable Places Poetry Tour:

Thursday, February 7
7-9 p.m.
Waters & Brown paint store
13 Elliot Street, Beverly, MA

Be there or be absent.


Thanks for the feedback on my rejections post. Here’s something that will pique your interest: a Wiki that maintains the sincerity of rejections by publishers. The last rejection that you received, was it a standard  tiered, or personal NO? Find out here. Fascinating.


Keeping this one short and sweet because I’m still prepping for class.


Jessie Carty said…
Thanks for sharing the rejections wiki. I'm gonna save that because it is hard to tell sometimes if you have received "ink."

I'm working on a series of themed poems right now and so far they feel like keepers. That can be a dangerous feeling :)
January said…
Yes, agreed. Form letters are so harsh sometimes.

Good luck with the series. I'm starting a series of historical poems and I'm not sure what to do with it yet.

Will you be at AWP?
Jessie Carty said…
I will be at AWP! I'm actually presenting on a panel on Friday, and then the rest is just FUN!
January said…
Woo hoo! See you there. Will try to look for you but we should meet up while you're up north.

Jessie Carty said…
I saw you were presenting so I'm hoping to make it to your panel for sure!

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