Three months and four days ago, I submitted my first poem for publication. The average response time, according to PoetryFoundation.org‘s submission page, is four months.
In the past three months and four days, I have learned so much more about poetry and publication. I’ve sharpened –and continue to sharpen– my talent and my skills. I have found the beginnings of my voice.
Today, three months and four days after submitting my poem to PoetryFoundation.org‘s Poetry Magazine, I withdrew my poem. It was a hard decision that I had been mulling over for a couple weeks. but seeing it with fresh eyes and a better understanding, I felt it was far too weak. I was not happy with its execution.
The poem became a challenge. I adored its framing and what it was attempting to convey. I wanted to make it sharper; brighter. I wanted it to read with the passion with which I speak it. I tore it apart, and built it back up.
Today, I resubmitted the poem with a stronger title and a renovated shine. The average response time, according to PoetryFoundation.org‘s submission page, is four months.
Here’s to the waiting.