Conejo Valley Poetry
Poetry that is not published is also real poetry. You can be a professional poet without publishing a morsel of it, in my opinion. I do not generally feel great waves of success or accomplishment when a poem(s) of mine is published.
What is far more pleasing to me is to read my poetry out loud, live, to an audience and also to collaborate with other artists in making something together. However, I do see publishing as a means to taking part in more collaborations. Getting “your name” “out there” helps you meet people and helps people meet you.
Also, sometimes people do not believe that you are a “real artist” unless you publish your work. Opportunities I would enjoy are more available to me the more I publish; I wish it was not so exclusive, but it is.
Therefore, I do seek to publish a few new poems every year. And I will say, I do enjoy being published even though it is not my primary concern. And, I love corresponding with the amazing editors of the lovely publications I am so honored to be included in. In closing, I am grateful to be published, but I could survive without it, but not without creative friendships.
Here are some poems of mine that you can read online
- 6 pieces forthcoming from Cholla Needles January 2018
- An EcoPoem for Turning Point – a collaboration
- Toward Destiny published by me, ha!
- Postcards for Lenin from the A3 Review! (nominated for a Pushcart Prize!)
- Tribeca on a Rainy Day published by Uut Poetry
- 5 Audio Poems published by Lunar Poetry
- She Ain’t Got No Yoyo published by Red River Review
- 2 Poems on Tiny Broadwick by Anemone Sidecar (p. 41-2)
- Porcelain Mermaid by Anemone Sidecar (p. 10)
- Pink Hibiscus and My Life by All Floors Magazine (p. 8-9)