When I retired from working at a small newspaper in southern Maine, the year my mother was dying, it was to fiction I turned rather than poetry, which had been a first language for me. Suddenly, the randomness of my life made sense; it was in fiction, I found my home.
I finished the first draft and, wanting to get it away from me, sent it out immediately. Although an agent showed some interest, she knew what I did not. A first draft does not a novel make. And so, overwhelmed by the enormity of the world of publishing and distracted by family issues, tragic and otherwise, I packed Clarissa up in a box and put her on a shelf.
When we moved from Maine to New Hampshire, I joined a writers group and set to writing poetry once again, but it was only years later, when we moved to Florida, that I started submitting my work.
My poems have been published in Tuck Magazine; in the Florida State Poets Association anthology Cadence; in the Vociferous Press anonymous anthology Screaming from the Silence; and in Gargoyle Magazine. Her poems and photographs were featured in Of Poets & Poetry.
A prose poem written for the Deadlines for Writers daily Keep Writing Challenge was published in Pendemics Journal, an online quarantine museum. Embark Literary Journal published the first chapter of her novel Tin’s Bended.
Two years ago I joined Deadlines for Writers’ 12 poems in 12 months and encouraged by the kind and perceptive feedback I received, decided a year ago to join the 12 stories in 12 months. Thanks to Deadlines for Writers, Clarissa is out of the box again and I am reworking my novel with the generous and astute support of the 52 Scenes writing community.
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