Author Archives: Jeff

Advice on Getting Published

I’ve had fifty poems published over the years. Over the last year I’ve averaged one or more poems published out of every four submissions. This is typical for mid-level poets willing to share their acceptance rate. However, one writer said … Continue reading

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Tiered Rejections

For most of the 4th quarter of 2020, I received no acceptances. Discouraging. My number of active submissions fell below my goal of 10. However, 3 of the rejection e-mails used language like, “Didn’t find space” or “Didn’t fit in … Continue reading

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2020 by the Numbers

2020 was a fairly productive year. The numbers are: New poems worth typing in: 90 Submissions (average 3 poems): 65 Acceptances: 18 Unique poems accepted (one was accepted 3 places): 16 Published: 14 These are reasonable numbers. or the next … Continue reading

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The Work of Inauguration

My poem, The Work of Inauguration, was published January 4, 2021 on Laurence Musgrove’s newest project, Texas Poetry Assignment. It plays off Howard Thurman’s “The Work of Christmas”. Laurence’s previous two projects, Tejascovido and Texas Poetry Ballots were successful enough, … Continue reading

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Margaret Atwood on Creativity

“Everybody has creativity. It’s a human thing.” Margaret Atwood Read enough and you’ll run into interesting articles in unexpected places. There is a page and a half long interview with Margaret Atwood in the AARP weekly newsletter. Worth the time … Continue reading

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Love Song for My Organs

Love Song for My Organs by ire’ne lara silva details her organs one by one, their gifts, and their deficiencies. She struggles with diabetes and its effects on her body. It’s a beautiful poem that offers a glimpse into her … Continue reading

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Resilience and Diversity, Pt. 1

In hindsight this seems obvious, but for a system to be resilient, it must have diversity. The classic example is mono-culture agriculture. Efficient, yes. Everything matures at the same time so it can be harvested all at once. But when … Continue reading

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It takes guts to be in Taiwan Parliment

Protests against allowing US pork imports into Taiwan lead to Taiwan lawmakers throw pig guts and punches. I especially like the woman center screen with hand full of intestines standing her ground. The story lead me to check whether my … Continue reading

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Sign of the Times

I read too much news, trying to get some sense of the way the world is going. People get stupid when they grasp for certainties. Michael Ventura Reading Failed Haiku, a monthly on-line publication, is probably a better way to … Continue reading

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A Conversation at the Gates of Hell

My recently published poem, “Conversation at the Gates of Hell,” is about a metaphorical conversation across the political/social/generational divide. “The odd friends: The young liberal and the elderly conservative” is wonderful story of an ongoing actual conversation across those divides. … Continue reading

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