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Poem published in .ISM Quarterly

.ISM Quarterly
Autumn 2006
Earlier this week I got an email newsletter from .ISM Quarterly. If you are not familiar with .ISM it is self-described as "An artistic democracy created under the banner of free suggestion and national exposure for anyone with the talent, regardless of experience. 'For the people, by the people' comes close. 'For the artist, by the artist" comes closer.'"

Anyway, last summer I submitted at least six poems and hadn't heard from the editor in almost nine months; that is until this week. The email newsletter featured a block of names that included yours truly. The poem "Loneliness Visits" is published on page twenty-two and follows a story about Found Magazine. If you are in the Asheville area, run to Downtown Books & News and pick up a copy of the Autumn 2006 issue of .ISM Quarterly, or buy it online from the .ISM online store.

  1. Anonymous Robert | 1:51 PM, October 28, 2006 |  

    Wow. Nine months and no personalized acceptance slip/email -- just a newsletter to let you know your work is being published? It seems to me publishers really ought to make that little extra effort at communication - - especially to the poets they're pubilshing!

    Anyway, congratulations. On your publication and your patience.

  2. Blogger 1000 black lines | 2:11 PM, October 28, 2006 |  

    Thanks Robert.

    Oddly, my experience with publication is I tend to be notified after a poem is published.

    Maybe I need to submit my work to other publishers.

  3. Blogger jennifer | 9:11 AM, October 29, 2006 |  

    In one of your recent posts at "Write Stuff" you mentioned that you'd lately been thinking of "giving up on poetry." It's funny, I think, how life throws the answers at you just when you need them.


  4. Blogger 1000 black lines | 9:48 AM, October 30, 2006 |  

    Jennifer, thanks. I almost gave up on it and the publication of Loneliness Visits reminds me that poetry is more like a marathon not a sprint.

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