HELLO POETRY LOVERS,
A SUBJECT LITTLE KNOWN TO THOSE OUTSIDE THE POETRY WORLD IS THE BUSINESS OF GETTING PUBLISHED.
ACTUALLY, THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE OF PUBLISHING, BE IT POETRY, FICTION, NON-FICTION---BOOKS IN GENERAL---IS CURRENTLY IN FLUX, DUE TO THE PROFOUND CHANGES UNDERWAY IN COMMUNICATIONS.
WE ARE IN A TIME OF UPHEAVAL; BOOKSTORES ARE CLOSING, PUBLISHERS OF EVERY SORT OF PRINTED MATERIAL ARE SHUTTING DOWN OR GOING HIGH TECH, MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE READING SCREENS, NOT BOOKS OR MAGAZINES. THEY CARRY KINDLES INSTEAD OF PAPERBACKS TO THE BEACHES.
OF COURSE, THE "SMALL LITERARY PRESSES" STILL EXIST, AND MANY ARE VERY FINE, BUT THEY STRUGGLE MORE THAN EVER. I APPLAUD THEIR EFFORTS, AND AM HONORED WHEN PUBLISHED BY THEM.
THE FACT IS THAT NO ONE KNOWS HOW THE WAYS OF COMMUNICATION WE HAVE GROWN UP WITH WILL LOOK TOMORROW.
MEANWHILE, OPPORTUNITIES TO BE PUBLISHED IN POETRY DO EXIST, FEWER IN PRINT, MORE AND MORE ON LINE.
AT THIS MOMENT IN TIME THERE ARE PUBLISHERS, SUCH AS WWW.POETRYSUPERHIGHWAY.COM, THAT ARE INVENTIVE AND COMMAND A GROWING READERSHIP. RICK LUPERT, A POET HIMSELF, OPERATES THE SITE FROM CALIFORNIA; HE FEATURES "POETS OF THE WEEK," AS WELL AS SPECIAL COMPETITIONS, PLUS A MEMORIAL COLLECTION OF HOLOCAUST RELATED POEMS DURING THE SHOAH COMMEMORATION EACH SPRING. HE EVEN CONDUCTS RADIO BROADCASTS AND POSTS YouTube VIDEOS.
I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF PARTICIPATING IN SOME OF THESE, AND CAN ATTEST TO THE NICE JOB MR. LUPERT DOES.
THIS PAST SUNDAY, MY POEM, "AH, FAITH," PLACED IN THE TOP TEN OF THE 2014 POETRY SUPER HIGHWAY COMPETITION. WITH UTTER IMMODESTY, I WILL POST IT HERE FOR YOU.
THANKS FOR CLICKING IN! XO JUDY
Orphee’s agony coincides
in mystery in irony in truth
with the Satmar and Lubovitch--
breathless Jews in black frock coats
twisting through the filthy
hot-baked streets of New York,
their wives running behind
dripping sweat under fashion wigs—
pulling gaggles of kinder
past the Kundalini Yogis
whose gleaming eyes flicker
whose breath comes
in deep gasps of ecstasy
rocking chanting davening swaying
all of them rooted to the earth
like ancient conifers
certain as rain in spring
that every human hair is counted
every snowflake a blessed original
as the universe spins on palpably
innocent, athrob and unfolding
exactly as it is meant to.
---Judith R. Robinson
I’m known for the fact that I hate to backtrack. It is an intuitive thing for me- it simply seems like a waste of time. Well, I finally found the book that explains the why behind the idea: Never Go Back: 10 Things You'll Never Do Again
1. Return to what hasn’t worked
2. Do anything that requires you to be someone else
3. Try to change another person
4. Believe that you can please everyone
5. Choose short-term comfort over long-term benefit
6. Trust someone or something flawless
7. Take your eyes off the big picture
8. Neglect to do due diligence
9. Fail to ask why you are where you are
10. Forget that your inner life produces your outer success