4. Prepare the letters. If you submit to a lot of journals as I do, it saves a lot of time, if you prepare a standard cover letter, acceptance letter, and withdrawal letter. Many journals will ask for a cover letter with your submission that includes a bio and contact information. Having a standard cover letter with the relevant information, means you save yourself a step and just attach or copy and paste. The same goes for an acceptance and withdrawal letter, which you will use much less of if you are a writer like me who mostly receives rejections.
Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.
-- William Shakespeare
SONG FOR THE MUSIC IN THE GAZA GHETTO: VARIATIONS OF OSHEROW
by Maryam Chahine
Pity the eyes that are told not to cry.
Pity the voices that are told to be silent.
Pity the child whom the world sanctions to die.
Pity the survivors who turn to violence.
Pity their freedom choked behind walls.
Pity their rights locked behind bars.
Pity the genocide hidden in museum halls.
Pity the world's silence driving by like cars.
Pity the olive trees that press through slaughter.
Pity the breaths kidnapped from shores.
Pity the tears that become ocean waters.
Pity the living, dead in an unending war.
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I’m very happy to announce that three of my poems have been published in the new literary journal, Futures Trading! The poems are DU, The Labor of Our Futures, and You Shall Not Kill Yourself, Suicide Bomber. DU is about depleted uranium and the Iraq war. If you don’t know about depleted uranium, then please look […]
A Drowning of Six Feet was published in the Spring of 2011 issue of A Hudson View. The beginnings of the poem came quite easily to me, but it took me a long time to finally complete this piece. A Drowning of Six Feet It was a drowning of six feet giant black birds […]
Song for the Music in the Gaza Ghetto was just recently published in the summer 2011 issue of Free Verse. It is a publication I read quite often and admire very much. I’ve discovered many valuable poets through this literary journal. It just so happened that Sherman Alexie’s work appeared in the same issue as […]
The two poems include A Terrorist Family and Not to Steal the Breath of Another which appeared in the Spring 2011 issue of Damazine. I wish this publication the best of success as it tries to bring literature relating to the Muslim world to the public. This was my very first paid work :) Thanks […]
The two poems include Exit of Zeekoff and I Erase into the Ocean which were published in Ghoti Magazine in 2009 if I’m correct on the year. Ghoti closed down recently; I was quite sad to see it go. I received some very good feedback from the editor. Many literary magazines don’t make it for […]
Poem of the Week
MY EVERY VERB
By Richard King-Perkins
You are my every verb
as I stand here speaking
while flowers of transposition
petal to tongue
scent to taste—
the cider of almost dreams.
Dark sheep gradually awaken,
nouns of inactive salvage,
unconscious to you
the random needs
of a delicate woman arrived
wearing a checkered dress
of bold and italics.