Tuesday, April 18, 2006


It's been very quiet on the submission front lately - one or two rejections in the last few weeks despite having many, many things out. I'm hoping that's a good sign.

I've just finished my fourth round of 30 poems in 30 days. I can't believe I've written 120 poems. Wow! I'm taking a break from the daily poems for a while to concentrate on revision. I've got poems (obviously), flashes and short stories, and my NaNoWriMo novel all begging to be revised and polished.

Here's a cento I wrote using lines from war poems by Graham, Auden, Crane, Neruda, Mikhail, Homer, Amichai, Lowell, Celan:

Would you prefer for someone else's son to die in the mud?

Outlaws fill the mountain caves,
little souls who thirst for fight.
Come and see the blood –
it works with unparalleled diligence!
Grief has you by the hair with one;
behind all this perhaps some great happiness is hiding
or the blessèd break.
We scoop out a grave in the sky where it’s roomy to lie.


Arlene said...

Hope you had a wonderful Easter, Sharon. The bunnies are adorable!!! When I come home in May or June, I'll have to ask you to explain an illustration on how do those things -- my mom has this D-I-Y knitted ant doll for ages but she has never figured out how to do it, something to do with the head not ovaling as it was supposed to do. [nudgenudgewinkwink]

And bless you for the revision plans. Have been going through my 30:30 poems. It's hell.


Sharon Hurlbut said...

A knitted ant? That sounds pretty cute. Is she supposed to use dpn's (double-pointed needles) for the head?

I have a feeling several of my 30:30 poems will end up in the 'old' (aka, crap) poem folder. Or maybe I'll extract a good line here or there and move on.

Hope your hubby is feeling better!

Patry Francis said...

120 Poems in as many days! I'm in awe!

Debra Broughton said...

Sharon, congratulations on your poetry marathons. You are prolific!

Sharon Hurlbut said...

Thanks Patry and Debra! Now, if I can just whip all that raw material into shape, I'll be doing good.

SarahJane said...

Hi Sharon -
You did so many? Wow!
Hope you'll be back, but definitely understand wanting to work on what shows promise. best of luck. sarah

Anne Bauer said...

120 poems, one poem at a time. Whew. I'm in awe. And knitting bunnies, too!

Sharon Hurlbut said...

Sarah - Not to worry, I'll definitely be back to 30:30. I need to catch up on some other things, but I can never stay away for long.

Anne - It seems I'm most productive and creative when I have many things going at once. I think it's because I'm too lazy to work hard unless there's a challenge to be met!