Many of my poems have led to short stories, but recently one made the leap to novel, which has been keeping me busy and offline. The poem that sparked this, “Contemplating Gravity on 180 Greenwich Street,” has just been published in the Winter Issue of Rat’s Ass Review, which I’m very excited about. A big thank you to Editor, Rick Bates. The day I discovered Rat’s Ass Review, I spent hours admiring and reading all the poems published there. I am very honored to be included.
There are a few interesting stories surrounding the poem. The first time I submitted to Rat’s Ass Review it was rejected. But it was rejected with an invitation to submit again, and the editor provided a great link to a post by Kelli Russell Agodon, about shortening your timetable on resubmitting, ie Submit Like a Man, which I highly suggest reading if you haven’t already. I took the advice and submitted different poems a week later, only Mr. Bates came back to “Contemplating Gravity on 180 Greenwich Street.” However, he questioned a word, which embarrassingly happened to be a typo. From now on I’m having someone read my poems before submitting. We tend to gloss over our own mistakes.
The poem itself was written after I visited the 9-11 Memorial (as pictured below). Some poems are like splinters. Those are the ones to pay attention to and explore.
Wishing you all Happy Holidays and prolific writing in the new year!