Thursday, July 31, 2008

Back from vegetable land

With much thanks to the wake-up calls of Liz who said that Simming season is over and Sam who left this meme —

As an adult, the following selections have influenced or impacted me the most

      Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard

(It's actually a play, but I've never seen it. Peeked into the movie version, but I've always preferred how it's set up in my mind.)

Film / network series:
      The Pianist (2002), Roman Polanski, Dir.

Music / spoken word recording:
     In Ogni Senso and Tutte Storie by Eros Ramazzotti

(Heck, without this fella's lyrics, I've have never learnt Italian.)

The downdate on A:

• We're finally seeing the light on the Bundles mss!! Because the CafePress product wasn't very satisfactory, we've decided to find another printer. All I need now is to —erm— center the same image on the book cover. Equilibrium has never been my forte.

• Talking of equilibrium, I've spent this month on a trial go at attending yoga class twice a week. I seem to be able to handle the pain and have decided to continue in September when the school re-opens. I still fall asleep (and dream weird things) every 5 breaths during the meditation... but not even Buddha grew his paunch in three years.

• Don't think I mentioned having already gotten my e-tickets for Philly and LA this October/November. I've actually got some readings scheduled with Valerie and Leonard. Yikes! The sister and I will probably head for San Francisco for a few days, too — it's the reason I'm forcing myself to play Big City Adventure and take note of places that seem interesting to visit.

• I'm tickled pink by The Middleman.

• I thought today was August 1. The back-to-30:30 day. I woke up early (1100 hrs). I wrote a god-awful poem and since then have breathed in fear of tomorrow.

Recent publications:

The Best of the Web 2008 anthology is out! Valerie Loveland mentioned she's got work in it, too — yay! Can't wait to get my copy. I'm still in the dark. They were supposed to use my poem, Possessions... but according to this Time Out Chicago review, they opted for Ceremonial Spoon instead.

• My poems, Addiction and The Official Miss de Bourgh Letter to Stalkers, plus Valerie's Eros in the Cafe, Annotating His Non-Illustrated Dream Book are up in the avant-garde first issue of CEllA's Round Trip.

• Am back in my gorilla suit in Juked.

They're a bit sluggish with replies, but if you query (as I did) you get a reply soonish!

     Submission sent: 9 March 2008
     Reply date: 6 July 2008

• Received my copy of THE SHOp — it's gorgeous!! And the €20 inserted between the pages allowed me to feed the husband a balanced diet of meat and veggie for a total of three days.

A quick look at their website indicates that they're currently looking for more poems on "war, terrorism, torture, child abuse slavery, denial of women's rights, political corruption." They accept submissions only via postal mail, but they do reply via e-mail.

Other acceptances:

Arsenic Lobster accepted two poems, Alopecia and the grizzly bear and mortality: a study for their August 2008 issue.

     Submission sent: 16 April 2008
     Reply date: 10 July 2008

Wheelhouse Magazine accepted three poems, Rearview, The Gorilla Suit Admires Itself in the Mirror and Poetry Reading at Y's Penthouse for their 6th issue.

     Submission posted: 10 March 2008
     Reply received: 17 July 2008

DMQ Review accepted an oldish poem, Like closed eyes for their Autumn 2008 issue.

     Submission posted: 27 June 2008
     Reply received: 28 July 2008