by Wynne Huddleston
Red, red, red—
abortion, coercion, sterilization,
perpetration, denies God’s creation.
Rein, reign, rain—
drowning full term babies
and crushed like weeds.
Rein, reign, rain—
taking living, breathing
human beings, throwing
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
A friend posted this on facebook, “How to Conduct a Successful Book Signing Event” by Sally Watkins http://bit.ly/91kYlT 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.