Hard Lessons

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.

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About St Basil Z Fish

Curator of the strange and incredibly awkward. A rambling writer with the misguided notion he has something to say. His only redeeming qualities are his wife and children.
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4 Responses to Hard Lessons

  1. Fingers crossed for January.

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