So…….yesterday I submitted some poetry to a magazine that I respect. It is published by my 2 daughters’ close friend from Jr. High and High School. They were telling me about K****, and her husband who had started up this publication, and it was getting lots of well deserved props!
But I didn’t submit there for that reason, the girls and their friend…I submitted because when I looked at the magazine I thought it was so cutting edge and much needed for some huge lacks in our modern and sterile culture. It resonated with my values, principles, and philosophies. It is clean and laid out so artistically and it’s esthetically pleasing too.
In reading the articles and thinking, I resonated deeply with their call to community and family and spiritual approaches to living. I identified with the commitment to “good art” and an aesthetic that was committed to beauty and truth. In short, I felt the same way inside me when I read it as I do when I am creating a poem!
So, I decided to submit. I sent in “What is Grey?“and “If I Could Go Back...”and “Merry Christmas“and “Come Sit With Me“.
The spirit of What is Grey fits in well with what I read, and If I Could Go Back…tries to capture the essence of friendship and love and community.
After I did it, I started to get anxious and stressed. I had to say a bit about myself, and for now, besides here in this blog, I am only out to immediate family, my counselour Heather and my Naturopaths. So I called one of my daughters and talked with her and she encouraged me a lot by telling me that her friend has expressed to her a deep desire to be of assistance to the LGTB community, and specifically to transgender people! Imagine my delight and instant hope!
And then, last night, negativity pulled me deep, and I had to laugh, because before I submitted, I considered those 4 poems solid…and after? Worst. Poems. In. The. World!!!!!!