Writing about difficult topics (and ebook anthology sale)

I can’t sleep. There’s a dog barking on and on and the room is cold and I’m too tired to get up and close the window. I’m on a do-it-yourself writing residency in Tucson. I’ll write a post soon about the advantages and disadvantages of arranging your own residency, in your own location. First, though,… Read More Writing about difficult topics (and ebook anthology sale)

Don’t let rejection freak you out (and goodbye, Phillip Levine)

I’ve mentioned it before: I receive a lot of rejections. The actual number, of course, varies upon the time of year, my confidence level and my writing output. I usually have three pieces out in circulation at any point, and with the average literary magazine accepting less than 1-5% of submissions–well, you do the math.… Read More Don’t let rejection freak you out (and goodbye, Phillip Levine)

Goodbye, Rod McKuen (or, what is “real” poetry)

Well, it happened: My adolescent crush died. Rod McKuen passed away last Thursday. According to a New York Times article, McKuen, 81, had been ill with pneumonia. McKuen’s numerous poetry books (29) sold millions, and he also penned popular songs. (Remember Seasons in the Sun? “We had joy/we had fun/we had seasons in the sun/….”) While McKuen… Read More Goodbye, Rod McKuen (or, what is “real” poetry)