I’m thankful to CTU Publishing for nominating a poem of mine for the 2016 Pushcart Prize. “Detoxification” is an excerpt from the full-length collection they released back in August, Happy Hour Hallelujah. This author’s page has more information about the book. I’ve now received three nominations this year, and I’m feeling rather fortunate at the moment.
All I know to do is live day by day, and to build a vision of the future that rises from the flames.
All I want to say is everything in the same moment, but one word at a time will have to do.
All I need was already given. All that I want is right now. All that remains is work. Thank God this is fun.
I was honored and humbled to receive two Pushcart Prize nominations during the month of November. Transcendent Zero Press nominated “Sacrificial Pawns” – an excerpt from the chapbook they released, Songs of a Dissident. Spirit Fire Review nominated “Expansive Salvation” – a poem that was published at their site in September.
Thank you to the editors associated with these 17 venues for accepting and/or publishing my work during November:
The Poeming Pigeon; Dissident Voice; Praxis Magazine; Duane’s PoeTree; Whispers; VerseWrights; Leaves of Ink; Agjencioni Floripress; International Poetry; BlazeVOX; CTU Publishing; Nacional; GloMag; World Poetry Open Mic anthology; The Blue Mountain Review; Anti-Heroin Chic; and Poetry Leaves.
Also in November, I had an opportunity to perform at Shorter University along with friends from The Southern Collective Experience. There are several videos from the event posted here on our YouTube page
The Cubs won the World Series. There is quite a bit of compacted emotion contained in that short sentence. As a man who once aspired to be a pitcher who could help win the championship for the team, I tip my hat to those who were able to finish the job. Thirty years of anticipation was well worth the wait.
After I stopped playing baseball back in 1999, I turned my attention toward writing. I picked up a pen and practiced the craft until I was ready for the next phase. Patience. Diligence. Balance. More patience. Fast forward 15 years. The first poem I finally published was in June of 2014 at Dissident Voice. Two and a half years later, I reached the milestone of publishing my 1000th poem. It’s been an interesting journey so far. There are cycles within cycles within cycles, and, as December begins, I spin again…