Dear Teacher friends and everyone else,
I recently tried my hand at writing a “political” poem for a contest. I STRUGGLED with it. I AGONIZED over it. I can’t tell you how many times I walked away from this poem. I’m just not comfortable writing about “politics”. I finally decided there was one thing I did care passionately about that I could write about: our educational system in the United States. As the deadline approached I despaired of ever getting certain lines right. I sent it off anyway.
I had a gut feeling I was not going to be accepted. I was correct. A couple of months later I pulled it back out and changed a few lines and decided to send it off and see if anyone would publish it.
I am a member of Duotrope. I use it to search for markets and keep track of my submissions. I receive a weekly newsletter which lists markets. I was intrigued by the name of one of the markets: Young Ravens Literary Review. http://www.youngravensliteraryreview.org/ As soon as I saw the word raven I knew I had to send my poem, “The Raven At Riley Creek” to them.
I was overwhelmed with such emotions when I received the acceptance letter. I put so much into this poem and was discouraged when it was not accepted the first time. It is a deeply personal poem for me and I would like my teacher friends to read it and tell me if it resonates with you.
I am published under the name Barbara A Meier and the poem “The Raven at Riley Creek” is the first poem in Issue 8. http://www.youngravensliteraryreview.org/issue-8.html
I value you as my professional colleagues and my friends and I want to know what you think.
Non-teacher friends, does it resonate with you?
Thank you for letting me know what you think.
Guess what? I can never look at the raven the same way again and I even find myself talking to them now.
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