Since…Don’t Forget 

A Decade Since
by Wynne Huddleston
Don’t forget the horror
Don’t forget the tears
Don’t forget the despair
although it’s been 10 years.
Don’t forget the men and women
who sacrificed their lives
to save someone else’s daughters,
and sons or husbands and wives.
But we must remember this—
how quickly we joined as one
in grief and anger and love
fighting through fire and stone
to rescue and comfort each other.
Boundaries of politics, race
and religion all disappeared
in the dust of this gray place.
We raised our flag and our voices here
where two tall towers had stood
America breathed and grieved
as one in love and brotherhood.
Mourning, she buried the dead,
counted the injured and lost.
Then swiftly lifted up her head
and vowed no matter the cost
such evil, viscious acts of terror
on American soil could never,
WOULD never
again be allowed to occur.
© Wynne Huddleston
Sept. 11, 2011
I was just moved to pen this poem. I’m sure I’ll change some things, but wanted to post it in remembrance for this day of sorrow. Please do not copy it, but feel free to share the link to it. Thanks!

Political/Human Rights Poems

Red, Red Rain

by Wynne Huddleston 

Red, red, red—
government control, swords
upon babies’ heads, staining
mothers’ souls.

Red, red, red—
abortion, coercion, sterilization,
feminine damnation,
perpetration, denies God’s creation.




Rein, reign, rain—
drowning full term babies
females plucked
and crushed like weeds.

Rein, reign, rain—
taking living, breathing
human beings, throwing
them away.

Infanticide, gendercide, suicide—
taken from the streets;
nowhere to hide
from the slaughter of daughters.

First version published in Poetry24, Tuesday, 14 June 2011

© Wynne Huddleston

The Structure of the Hero’s Journey~ Sonata Form

There are three types of narrative–1) A myth, which is a sacred story from the past. 2) A folktale, which is a fictional story concerning symbolism and how people (or animals who act like people) cope.  3) A legend, which is a historical story that is true, or believed to be true. It involves a king, a war hero, a saint or other famous person at a particular time and place.

How do you write about the hero’s journey? Vogler uses a Three Act Structure for his plot line and 12 Stages of the Hero’s Journey. I recently attended a meeting of the Meridian Chapter of the Mississippi Writers Guild in which playwright Elliott Street explained this to us. Being a musician, I immediately saw the correlation between sonata form and the hero’s journey. To continue reading more about this, please click here.

Flash Poetry Mob

I recently came across this post– Poetry Out of Nowhere: National Poetry Month Flash Mob on Kate Messner’s blog.  One stanza of  Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Bells” is in our 5th grade music books (I teach elementary music), and I always read the entire poem to the class. I love the rhythm of it, as well as Poe, of course. This reminds me of a type of group reading called “choral” reading. To read “The Bells” and for more comments, click here.

Do it “Write”

So many people tell me, I want to get published, tell me how. I give them the link to Part 1 of my series on Poetry Submissions (which also works for stories).  Often it boils down to this: the right time, the right place, with the right poem or story. If you are rejected it might not be because it wasn’t “good enough,” but simply because it didn’t fit that particular issue or the theme of that issue. Some things to check to make sure you get it right:

  • Read a previous journal or sample if available. This will give you a feel for the style they prefer–rhyme, free verse, spoken word, confessional, etc…
  • Also check the genre–such as fantasy, dark, experimental, or general.
  • Make sure you follow the guidelines. Sometimes editors are very picky about this and will throw out a submission that did not follow their rules.
  • Obviously you should check when the issue for which you are submitting will be published. For example, don’t submit a poem about winter when the issue is coming out in July, unless the theme is on winter.
  • If your work is not accepted, read it again to see if there are any mistakes. Submit somewhere else suitable using the guidelines above. If it is rejected 3 or more times consider revising it, remembering to “cut it ’til it bleeds,” and “show don’t tell.”
  • Finally, don’t give up! You’ll eventually hit the “write” time, the “write” place, with the “write” poem or story!

Christian Urban Poetry Wynne Huddleston 06/30 by Catisha | Blog Talk Radio

At the risk of exposing my terribly Southern accent, here is a recording of the interview/reading I did today on Calisha Ashbury’s Blog Talk Radio program Christian Urban Poetry. While I’m neither urban nor do I write much spoken word, Catisha was kind enough to invite me onto her program. I read two poems–The New Tower of Babble, which is on the lines of spoken word, and A Glimpse of God which is scheduled to appear at the end of July in the lovely print magazine WestWard Quarterly, Summer 2011.  The following link will lead you to another site. I enter the conversation at about 12:12.

Christian Urban Poetry Wynne Huddleston 06/30 by Catisha | Blog Talk Radio.

Book Signing Advice

A friend posted this on facebook, “How to Conduct a Successful Book Signing Event” by Sally Watkins via @JohnKremer.  I haven’t gotten to this point yet, but some of you may find it useful.

Another friend and prolific magazine writer, Cheryl Wray posted The Joys and Hazards of Book Signings on Writing for Dollars. She is the author of Writing for Magazines (McGraw-Hill), a popular guide for freelancers, and has published over 1000 articles in magazines.In this article she says to

1) Be sure the bookstore is prepared for you, has a table set up. Have posters set up in the store.

2) Do your own press releases in the local newspapers, have posters around town. 

3) Make eye contact with customers and appear friendly. A freebie (bookmark or candy) with contact info is also a good idea.

4) Ask bookstore manager if you can sign your remaining books.

5) Keep in touch with the bookstore.