This week would have been my uncle's 66th birthday. He unfortunately passed away in April 2004 from liver cancer. We were not especially close while I was growing up. However, we were able to connect in his last few months of life. This is a poem I wrote a few months after his passing. "I never got the chance to tell you"
Two poems for the day: This first poem I wrote last year in Kyrelle poetic form: "none of them compared to you" There was a time I chased the sun tasted silver stars on my tongue had torrid affairs with the moon but none of them compared to you I danced with the trees just for fun the ocean's beauty had me stunned mountaintops played a lovely tune but none of them compared to you This second poem I did a bit of experimenting with repeating lines, similar to a madrigal poem but not actually a madrigal poem:
Internet has changed many aspects of our lives.
Social media, in particular, has turned the world upside down. As a writer looking for ways to showcase my
work and “build my brand” as many writing experts would say, it can be a bit
overwhelming. There are so many different
websites at one’s disposal – Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Wattpad,
Goodreads, Pinterest, and the lists goes on.
It seems as soon as you learn about one site, a new one comes
along. Just this past weekend, I discovered
another website for writers called Tablo.
I only learned of them because they apparently liked one of my tweets. I did take a quick peak at their website to
find out what they were about. It seems interesting,
but at this point I’m not sure I want to join another social media
website. I don’t want to be inundated with
having to keep up with multiple website profiles and posting, along with my
blog. I do have a full-time job, which I actually
get paid for, to pay my bills.
however, think it is important to explore all possibilities when it comes to sharing
your work, finding an audience and building a name for yourself. There are multiple avenues to get your
work out that didn’t exist twenty or even ten years ago. It is all about finding what works for
you. I recently joined Wattpad. At first I thought Wattpad was just for fan fiction
writers, until I learned that Wattpad covers many different genres of
writing. So far I have read some good writing, and received feedback on some of my poems. I’m interested to see where this will take
On the other
hand, there is always the question about what you want to post online. Many literary journals do not accept previously
published work, including work that has been posted online. There are some journals who give exception,
such as work posted on a personal blog.
Others have no exception – if it can be found online, it is considered “published”. This presents a dilemma as to what you should
post if you want to submit your writing to literary journals. I have come up with a balance approach. I post some of my best writings online and
others I keep offline for submissions.
So far I have leaned toward keeping what I considered my “top” poems
offline, because I want to make good impressions when I start submitting to journals. However, at the same time I don’t
want to post mediocre poems on my blog or elsewhere. I think my online audience deserves to see my
best work as well. Whether this approach
will work, only time will tell.
I’m sort of
new to this, but I am learning as I go along.
I’m sure I am not the only one out there trying to stay afloat in the writing
and publishing world. Yet I refuse to
let it get me down and will keep pushing and posting. Have a good day and look out for my new poetry posting.
For those who are users of Wattpad. I posted a 6 poem collection of decima poetry. It's my first posting since I'm a new user. You can check it on their website here. Just look for my username "ArcadiaM".
In addition, I am also participating in Writers Digest Poetic Asides November Poem-A-Day Chapbook challenge. I decided to write all madrigal poems specifically for this challenge. This should be quite interesting experience since rhyming poetry does not come very natural to me. However, I hope by the end of the month I will be better at it. For Day 1, we are to write a "Day After" poem. You can check out one of my madrigals I wrote for today on the Poetic Asides blog website under username "Amaria".