Monday, July 30, 2007

The new fridge, Defenestration and Caffeine Destiny

What did A have to do to acquire of a new fridge? Because she didn't want the fridge-delivery guys to think she's a slob — for two weeks, she scrubbed floors, she sponged muck off window screens, she vacuumed dust bunnies and yes, she sniffed grease remover fumes until her sinuses opened up — she sniffled all the time — and made her see funny lights. She hasn't been the same since. She's been cleaning up after herself, for one. Her husband suspects that she spilled olive oil on the table just to have a reason to sniff some more toxic fumes. He doesn't know what's it like to live without grease removers.

Anyway, the new fridge will arrive on Wednesday. At last. The one we have came with the house when we moved in 7 years ago. Even then it was already old. It grows a slab of ice in the fridge compartment every summer and part of its rubber seal hangs like dried twig from under the door. We suspect it's the reason our electric bill has been so high this year.

Recent publications:

• A picture I took at the Vienna Central Cemetery is now up in the July 20th issue of Defenestration. Behold the man. Or should I say, the stiff.

• My poems, Possessions and Ceremonial Spoon are now up in the Fall 2007 issue of Caffeine Destiny. Really thrilled to be sharing space with Mary Biddinger, Ryan Collins, John Gallaher, Anne Heide, David Lehman, Reb Livingston, Rebecca Loudon, John Morrison and Susan Stewart. Did I mention this is one of my favorite 'zines?

Recent acceptance and a half:

Blood Orange Review accepted my poem, And God said let there be economy class passengers— for an upcoming issue.

     Submission date: 2 May 2007
     Reply date: 26 July 2007

• Was happy to finally hear from the editor of Anemone Sidecar — thought they'd closed down and had quite given up on it. They're interested in taking my poem, fortitude: a reportage — thing is I've already sent it to Counterpath Press and, according to the guidelines, if submitters don't hear from them in three months (August 25th for me), then we can consider our work rejected. The AS editor said she'd wait and keep her fingers crossed. Here's to hoping for a rejection.

Anyway, if you're still waiting to hear from Anemone Sidecar — you ought to hear from them soon. They're busy catching up with the submissions.

     Submission date: 10 October 2006
     Reply date: 22 July 2007


Ivy said...

Wow, that was a long time between drinks. You oughta post more, missy! Or not, whatev. :-)

Congrats on the acceptances, you star! So when's your next book coming out? Did you get proofs from STAND? Mine went to my old address and so I only got it last weekend. Bah!

Yeah, I'm a bit talky today. Sowwy. >:-)

sam of the ten thousand things said...

Enjoyed your work at CD, Arlene. Wonderful writing. That's a great venue. Congratulations.

SarahJane said...

Hi Arlene -
Congrats on the pubs and acceptances. Caffeine Destiny is such a good publication, and I like Blood Orange & Anemone, too!

Liz said...

Hello Arlene,

Hope the fridge arrives safely : ) we got a new one last year and still can't get over the jet-plane-taking-off noises it makes, we think we have it squeezed in too close to the wall but neither of us can move it!

Congrats on those very classy acceptances - there's loads of great reading there.


k1tchenwitch said...

Congratulations on all your acceptances! I love Caffeine Destiny, definitely one of my faves.
And stay away from grease removers!

Kate Evans said...

So many acceptances as of late! Congrats! You are an inspiration for me to get more of my work out there.

Anonymous said...

*oooh* j'adore new fridges-- my mom just got one and i'm heartily envying it... and yours, *of course*.

here's hoping you'll put the vino in an easier-2-reach spot. *hic*

Sharon Hurlbut said...

Oooh, a new fridge, how nice! Hope it's behaving itself.

Congratulations on all the wonderful pubs!! Love the picture -- too funny. Can't wait to catch up and read all your poems.

michi said...

you owe vienna ...

you'll have to buy her a bottle of wine next time you come here!


and take some mnzeyeol, says the word verifier,


Rachel Mallino said...

Ms. Ang, thank you so much for the b-day wishes..the hubby and I had fun with the card. (hugs)


Christine E. Hamm, Poet/Professor/Painter said...

Congrats on all the acceptances!

You always get published in the coolest places -- as soon as you mention them I know I have to go over and read a few issues.

And congrats on the fridge. I suffered with an old for a few years, I know how liberating it is to a fresh, shiny one!