Tuesday, September 08, 2015

I really thought of it as a lucky fluke when I managed to place three poems in POETRY magazine last year, so you can't imagine my face when I got an email last week from Don Share to say he is going to publish my six-part Mary Stuart sequence in an upcoming issue!!

To say I'm delighted is an understatement. I'm so thankful to Don Share for his willingness to give new and unknown writers like me publication in POETRY - his support of new writers in the hallowed (to me!) pages of POETRY magazine is so incredibly encouraging and surprising in the often closed and cliquey world of poetry publication.

I have a couple of poems online in The Lake - a great monthly poetry webzine, I also have a poem coming out this month in the autumn issue of Paris Lit Up - one magazine launch party I so wish I could make it to! I have a poem coming out in a Scottish issue of the Atlanta Review next spring, I think, which I'm also excited about.
So many more poems submitted and of course many many many rejections have come in...

Four weeks of the kids being back at school and I'm only now feeling the stirrings of poems, again I want to work with a theme / themes to explore through many poems rather than jump from isolated poem to isolated poem. I have a few ideas but nothing as concrete and exact as the pier sequence. Still reading D.H. Lawrence, whose poems I love the more I read! 

4 comments:

Alan Stubbs said...

Hi Marion,

Had to say - I love Lawrence too. The great novels - especially the Rainbow - also have poetic stretches. The first few pages of the Rainbow is the best beginnings of an explanation of man, the environment, etc... that there is. Extracted as a poem it would be brilliant.

Best,

Alan

Marion McCready said...

Hi Alan! I don't think I've read Rainbow - I'll check it out, but I've been reading some of his short stories recently and love them too. Hope you're still writing and doing well!

Alan Stubbs said...

Hi Marion,

Re: Lawrence - Yes. Ive also got all his short stories - many are now out of print. Yes I'm well thanks and all's good. I'm still writing but publishing very very little. I've writen some more experimental type poems. I am really pleased to see that you are being widely published, and in America too. Brilliant! Well done! It's very much deserved. Very Best,
Alan.

Marion McCready said...

Thanks Alan, that's very kind of you. Glad you're still writing - that's the main thing!