october 19: round up

Hi, all, and happy Tuesday!

Question for you: Who’s planning on going to AWP this year? Leave a comment or reply to this email to let me know, please! I want to see all my friends and meet all my future friends!

And here’s what I have for you today:

  • Re: cover letters

  • Re: personification

  • Re: where I’ve been submitting

  • Re: what I’ve been reading

  • Re: tweets

Cover letters:

Someone on Twitter recommended that I talk about cover letters and their etiquette. For anyone else with similar questions, please note that I talk about them in detail in my e-book Publishing Poems: An Easy Guide. You can buy it for $10 on my website and will be immediately emailed the download link.

I wrote it to kind of democratize some wisdom I’ve gained over the years, making it easily accessible and affordable. The alternative—if you desire to be walked-through every step or have a disposable income—is to pay me $50 an hour to tutor you on getting poems published. Needless to say, buying the e-book is a lot cheaper.

And, of course, there’s always the option to figure things out by trial-and-error, which is how I gained all the insight I have (for whatever that’s worth!).


Someone else recommended that I talk about personification. I did so a little bit back in May, along with metaphors and similes, and all three often intersect. Here are the links to those posts:

beauty and terror (on poetry & being human)
the art of personification
per·son·i·fi·ca·tion /pərˌsänəfəˈkāSH(ə)n/ (noun): the attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something nonhuman, or the representation of an abstract quality in human form. Anyway, no long post today. Here are some examples of personification or near-personification that I love. I hope that they inspire you, too…
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beauty and terror (on poetry & being human)
the art of the metaphor
met·a·phor /ˈmedəˌfôr,ˈmedəˌfər/ (noun): a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable. Whether or not it’s true, I always think of metaphors as caffeinated similes: braver, bolder, rougher. [thing] is not *like* [other thing]. [thing] *is* [other thing]. And, because it’s not reall…
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beauty and terror (on poetry & being human)
the art of the simile
sim·i·le /ˈsiməlē/ (noun): a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make a description more emphatic or vivid (e.g., as brave as a lion, crazy like a fox). Similes are powerful and poetic, and I am terrible at them. And—though perhaps I am alone in that—in case I’m not, here are some similes…
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Journals I’ve submitted to in October:

  • The Puritan

  • The New Southern Fugitives

  • Brick

  • 580 Split

  • Ninth Letter

  • Poetry Northwest

  • Mud Season Review

  • The Sun

  • Grain Magazine

What I read this week:

Because I only have so much space, I can’t keep most of the books I read. So if you want some new reading materials (and to help fund my book-buying habits), please consider buying 5 books for $30.

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That’s all for today! Have a good week!