Well, two days after the first publication announcement I received my second publication announcement. Poetry Quarterly has published a dual issue. They combined their Winter and Summer issues in what they call their "Tricky" or "Sneaky" Issue. My other two poems, Passionate and Under a Cloud Speckled Sky are both in this double issue.
This link is where you can go to check out this issue and see my work. The issue is only available for free for a short time, but can be purchased as well. Of course I have a copy of both this and the previous Spring Issue.
I have shared these with my Writers Circle and received a nice response from all of them in congratulations for being published for the first time, even in an online journal.
Personally, I consider it a great honor and opportunity to be published alongside award winning poets and the other wonderful talents that I have read in both of these issues. I strongly recommend any of the issues from this site to anyone who enjoys poetry.
Unfortunately, my job search, studying my online grant proposal writing course, watching my friends son and working a weekend job are keeping me from doing much writing this summer. I miss putting my thoughts on paper, or in a Word document. Every once in a while I will take out a sheet of paper where ever I am and jot down some phrases, but nothing complete has been written for a few months.
I consider myself in a time of living. So much has been happening and there is so much to write about. When things have percolated long enough and are ready, the writing will come. That's kind of how poetry is for me. When the thoughts/words are there, I write them down. I find that if I try too hard to find the words for a poem in the first writing, then the poem will never come together for me. I can go back and re work a poem to get it just right, but it has to be congealed at its first writing.
Enough about my writing style for now. Suffice it to say that I am extremely proud and excited to be published. If this year ends and I am still unemployed, I will at least end the year having reached a goal outstanding since childhood, to be published.
Good evening and good writing.