Some poems published

Two of my sonnets are in the new Think Journal: Iridescence and Tail clouds. Please consider buying an issue to peruse. It’s a lovely little literary magazine.

Three of my astronomical poems are in MiPOesias’ summer 2010 issue: Moondust, Enceladus creates Saturn’s E ring, and The star trails of Kilimanjaro. These poems are on pages, 8, 9, and 10.

I’m rather happy about the Kilimanjaro poem being published. It’s one of my favorites and has been rejected numerous times. Does that make the poem bad? Why do I continue to like it so much when so many editors didn’t? It’s a mystery, this submitting and publication thing. As an editor, I know that sometimes poems just don’t fit in with the others I’ve chosen, so I know how it goes. Still, I find myself confused by the difficulty of knowing which of my own work is publishable. Some poems, more than others, seem to find their way into print.

As for the sonnets, I’d despaired of ever finding an editor who wanted them. So far, I’ve managed to get three published. With those, I’m more inclined to think it’s because so many people just don’t like formal poems and that’s why the others haven’t been picked up. It’s what I’m telling myself, anyway.