I meant to write this post weeks ago, but lately, I’ve been struggling with more than just the every day ups and downs of daily life. Depression crept in and colored the last few months in shades of gray that are just now starting to dissipate. For the second time in two years, I’ve had to nurse a broken heart. And this time, the situation was particularly agonizing.
BUT…I’m getting better, slower than I’d like perhaps, but I’m making do. And these are the things that make for good poems. So, I suppose I can stomach a few more months of muddling through.
Also, I’ve started school, and this has taken up a significant amount of time, though it makes me happy to have a goal and to be working toward something tangible…something real and better…something I can look back on and be proud of.
In happier news, my chapbook True North is now available for $6 through the publisher, Maverick Duck Press. I’m really excited about this collection. I think it showcases my personality and writing style pretty well.
My reading at The Daily Grind in Mount Holly, New Jersey went really well. I had a great time getting to meet fellow poets, and I was especially happy to finally get to meet up with and spend time with my good friend Kendall A. Bell and his lovely wife, Christinia, who were generous enough to shuttle me around and take me out to dinner on my first night in town.
In other news, I’m excited to be able to announce that I’ve been nominated for both Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize by Rose Red Review for my poem “The Selkie Laments.” This comes at a time when I really needed to hear some good news, and I couldn’t be happier. Rose Red Review is a great online publication and editor Larissa Nash is one of the sweetest, most genuine people I have ever had the pleasure to know. She puts up with a lot of crap and somehow still manages to contribute wonderful things to the online literary community.
In short, what I am saying is that you should go read Rose Red Review. Really. Go. Go now!