I'm excited that two of my poems have been accepted for publication in THE HIGH WINDOW, a lit. journal I've long admired. The poems won't appear until the Summer 2024 issue but it's always worth the wait when you land a poem or two in a literary magazine that you love and this news comes shortly after I learned two more poems are to feature in Kathleen McPhilemy's excellent podcast POETRY WORTH HEARING.
Meanwhile, I continue to facilitate the Los Angeles Public Library's poetry workshop, which is fun and lively and brings me into contact with a diverse range of LA poets from all walks of life. We share poems and I provide the prompts and lead the feedback on writer's work.
I'm currently reading Ada Limón's LUCKY WRECK and among the many other excellent poems in this collection Limón tackles the technical demands of a Sonnet crown -- a sequence of seven sonnets in which each successive sonnet begins with the last line of the previous sonnet and the final sonnet in the sequence ends with the first line of sonnet 1. LUCKY WRECK was Limón's debut collection. It's extraordinary to read it in the context of her later work and think about this accomplished stellar start and how she continues to flourish. Her work is an inspiration.