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


Collin Kelley said...

Welcome back to the blogosphere!

Liz said...

Hey Arlene,

Great to see you back in the saddle, all arisen and shiny : ) the submission stakes, as usual - you are a force to be reckoned with - I've submitted to The Shop and really want an acceptance there - bar black or white magic, I've just got to keep all-things crossed! I submitted in May - hope Mr Postie hasn't let me down - I might e-mail and ask if 'the package' arrived - something I noticed about some Irish mags. is that the only reply to the acceptances! Not such a kind way of acting, methinks. : (

Hey, sorry to miss you in 30;30...hope you keep it up in Sept. when I fully intend to get some long-overdue 30:30 poeming done.

Oh fab. news about the Amerikay trip...lucky, lucky you.

Happy Summering and hugs

Cheryl Snell said...

Hey Arlene--

It's good to catch up with your news. The lovely Tilt anthology came in the mail yesterday, and you're in that too, right next to me.

Maggie May said...

hi there! i love reading all your submissions and records. it is hard waiting all those months for replies, but like you said just keep submitting. and writing!

sam of the ten thousand things said...

I like your meme list, Arlene.

Congratulations on the acceptances and the Best of. That is great.

Anonymous said...

Arlo on my side of the planet?! OHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
do tell when you'll hit my coast: i'll watch for your wings soaring closeby.

i'll cream cheese your philly, filly.

Tommaso Gervasutti said...

Dear Arlene, talking about music I strongly recommend you "Into The Blues" by Joan Armatrading. Actually I recommend you all her other albums in particular those of the seventies, the first three,
In the very first there are marvellous songs with witty lyrics like:
Alice in Wonderland
Wondering why
It's harder to live
Than it is to die...

Congratulations for The SHOp, I have four issues of it, three are complimentary copies but the first one I bought in Ireland with Seamus Heaney's stunning poem "The Boiling Room" in it.

Best wishes, Davide
Best, Davide

BlogSloth said...

Bout time you returned. Welcome back!


Valerie Loveland said...

Hey Arlene! The Best of the Web anthology looks great. I liked a lot of the images in your "Ceremonial Spoon," especially "The fruit bowl holds the kitchen upside-down." Fun!

I can't handle a 30:30 in August, but I hope I can write a draft a day in September. I loved doing it in April.

Kate Evans said...

Very interesting list. I did my own the other day on my blog (tagged by Sam too).

Bummer about cafepress, since they are handling my stuff via my publisher...I'll order some things & see what they're like.

I used to work on DMQ! It's a really nice online journal.