I grew up in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. It’s what I call a small city: not as big as Allentown or Philadelphia, but not as small as Jim Thorpe or as cute as Emmaus. It’s right in the middle of the northeastern PA coal-mining region. I had some good teachers and one or two great ones. It was lovely to have my old hometown newspaper call me up to ask about my young adult novel. Even though I haven’t lived there in a long time, I remember it well. Here is the link to the Community feature in the Standard Speaker:
Disintegrate by Christine Klocek-Lim
Many thanks go to Jill Whalen for calling me up and asking me about my childhood teachers. It was nice to reminisce about the past.
I’ve updated my website, November Sky! I’ve updated my bio page and my published work page. I also added poems written in 2010 and audio for a number of poems: Anael, Crescent moon with earthshine, Twenty-year love poem, First Crocus, How to photograph the heart, Zachary learns to swim,Cicadas, and Peace.
Check it out!
To my delight and surprise, six of my newer poems have just been published. These are part of my supernatural series: angels, goddesses, saints, etc. All of them are prose poems. They’ve been both terrifying and exhilarating to write.
The first three were published in PoetSpeak, an online journal that specializes in audio poems. I had to record myself reading and send the audio files to the editor. I was pleased that they also chose to publish the written versions. To hear and read the poems, go check it out:
PoetSpeak: Three prose poems by Christine Klocek-Lim
The next three poems are from the same collection and I was completely thrilled to have them accepted for OCHO #30. I love OCHO and all the other things Didi Menendez publishes. The mix of poems in this particular issue is fantastic. Here are the other contributors: Bob Hicok, Nick Carbo, David Krump, Sam Rasnake, Favia Tamayo, Letitia Trent, Grace Cavalieri, Cheryl Townsend, Andrei Guruianu, and Peggy Eldrige-Love.
OCHO is available online here: OCHO #30 and in print here OCHO #30 print.
Since I can’t link to my NaPoWriMo poem, why don’t you check out one of my sonnets? It’s up at LEVELER this week, a fine journal. While you’re there, click on their levelheaded button to see what the editors had to say about my poem, “Orphan anvils.”
I am delighted to have my poem, Crescent moon with earthshine in the debut issue of Touch: The Journal of Healing.
Please stop by and read the rest of the wonderful stuff there, including work by Dennis Greene, Ed Bennett, Esther Greenleaf Mürer, Laura Levesque, Maria Basile, Bebe Cook, Yvette Wiley, Larina Warnock, Colin Ward, Stephen Bunch, Mary Susan Clemons, Donal Mahoney, Alarie Tennille, Sherry O’Keefe, Toni L. Wilkes, Murray Alfredson, Christian Ward, and Arti Subramanian.
I’m on vacation this week so, blogging will probably not be a priority. Beach! Yeah!
Sorry everyone. You may have noticed that I haven’t made any new posts in a while. Well, I’ve been sick, again. I’m just starting to feel better, but until I do, this blog is taking a vacation. Maybe another week or so.
as Site Admin of Poets.org. It feels strangely liberating, rather than wrenching. I didn’t expect that. Here’s the short blurb I posted at the forum:
After three years here at Poets.org, I’m stepping down as Site Admin. I’ve increasingly found myself wishing for more time for writing and my family, and resigning my position here will make that possible.
The forum remains in capable hands: Larina and Gary have been exemplary members of this community and are now performing excellently as Site Admins, and we still have our wonderful Moderators. I doubt anyone will notice any lurching of the boat as I quietly step off onto my secluded island (populated by my computer and a nice writing-conducive breeze). I know you’ll give them the respect and cooperation you’ve given me the past few years.
Finally, I want to say: Thank You. This has been an incredible experience for me. I’ve learned a great deal about poetry and human behavior that I would never have otherwise. I am grateful for all the people I’ve met and all the poetry I’ve read.
Best wishes to everyone.