Mary Soon Lee's Mailbox Blues

When I started submitting stories in 1992, I became obsessed by my mail, listening out for mail vans and postal workers. I learned that ninety-nine out of a hundred 9x12 inch envelopes contained rejection letters. My early acceptances came in exciting small envelopes, addressed and stamped by the magazines themselves -- nowadays, acceptances often come by email. This page contains recent mail reports, in reverse chronological order.... Many thanks to Christopher Reynaga for the beautiful camel-and-mailbox artwork, and to David Jackson for the logo!

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22 May 2017: Nebula conference

I attended the SFWA Nebula Conference here in Pittsburgh. Probably the highlight for me was meeting Trevor Quachri, the editor of Analog, who is very friendly. Usually I particularly enjoy attending readings at science fiction/fantasy conferences, but I don't think the Nebulas included any readings. I did get to go to several interesting panels, and to meet up with friends. (The conference being in Pittsburgh, there were many people I knew.)

15 May 2017: The 2017 Rhysling Anthology + Star*Line

I received my copies of Star*Line #40.2, containing my poems The Dark Equations and Advice to a Six-Year-Old, both of which are among my newer poems (written in January). And I also received my copies of The 2017 Rhysling Anthology, which contains reprints of three of my King Xau poems. Now I need to read through the anthology so that I can vote before the deadline....

10 May 2017: Songs of Eretz Poetry Review

My poem Lost is online at Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. It's a short poem that attempts to say what The Lord of the Rings means to me.

9 May 2017: Science

I don't want to be more specific at this point, but it looks as if some of my poetry will be appearing in Science :-) :-) :-)

7 May 2017: Songs of Eretz Poetry Review

My poem The End of the Line has been accepted by Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. It's a short, humorous piece.

5 May 2017: Uppagus

My poem When King Xau Was Gone is online in Uppagus. It is (surprise, surprise) part of the King Xau epic. And my poem "Between," which is also about King Xau, has been accepted for the next issue of Uppagus :-)

27 April 2017: Rune

I received my contributor's copy of Rune Literary Journal, containing my poems "Second Sight" and "Angshan." Both poems are part of The Sign of the Dragon. The first is about Connol (King Donal's brother) having visions. The second is about towns being burnt by a demon.

25 April 2017: Strange Horizons + Songs of Eretz Poetry Review

My poem The Sign of the King is online at Strange Horizons. Before you read it, I should warn you that the poem occurs almost at the end of The Sign of the Dragon, and contains a very major spoiler. And now here is the link-to-poem-with-major-spoiler.

Another Xau poem, Portraits, appeared in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. This one contains far less grave spoilers, and features Tian, Xau's cleaning woman.

24 April 2017: Star*Line

My poem "Bespeaking: Riddles" has been accepted by Star*Line. This is a very new poem from The Sign of the Dragon, written last week. Indeed I've written a dozen new The Sign of the Dragon poems so far in April ... although at least two of these will be deleted. Such is the way of things.

23 April 2017: Eye to the Telescope

A week late, I have finally realized that my 4-line poem "The Headlong Year" is now online in the Alternate Stories/Alternate Realties issue of Eye to the Telescope :-)

22 April 2017: Concho River Review

My poem "Afternoon Tea" is in the new issue of Concho River Review, my eighth poem to be published there. It's a short poem about making afternoon tea with Lucy.... In real world news, William (my son) turned eighteen today!

12 April 2017: Songs of Eretz

My poem Yayoi Kusama is online at Songs of Eretz Poetry Review :-) It's a short mainstream poem about taking Lucy to an art gallery when she was six years old. (I wrote the first draft years ago, but the current pared-down version dates from last month.)

11 April 2017: Songs of Eretz

My poem "Lost," about loving Tolkien, has been accepted by Songs of Eretz Poetry Review :-)

10 April 2017: F&SF

Today I received contributor copies of the May/June 2017 issue of F&SF, containing my poem "The Path to Peace" :-) :-) :-) This is my second poem from The Sign of the Dragon to appear in F&SF, and it's from the point-of-view of one of King Xau's enemies. N.B. I don't think the issue will be on sale until closer to the official publication date (i.e. May).

6 April 2017: Ship of Fools

My poem Stormalong Bay has been accepted by Ship of Fools, my 29th (!) acceptance from them :-)

3 April 2017: Litbreak

My poem "Yellowstone" has been accepted by litbreak :-) I wrote the poem after a family vacation to Yellowstone National Park. As you can see, it features another of my highly creative titles.

28 March 2017: Songs of Eretz + Nanotext

My poem Five Arrows has been published online at Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. It's a poem about King Xau with his children.

Also, Medusa's Laugh have reprinted Nanotext, the anthology containing my poem "Advice to a Houseplant," as a free electronic download available from this webpage.

26 March 2017: Eye to the Telescope

My 4-line poem "The Headlong Year" has been accepted for the Alternate Stories/Alternate Realties issue of Eye to the Telescope :-)

23 March 2017: Rune

Two poems from The Sign of the Dragon have been accepted for the forthcoming issue of Rune Literary Journal. The poems are titled "Second Sight" and "Angshan."

21 March 2017: Mithila Review

I was startled, but delighted, by a one-day reply from Mithila Review: they would like to publish all three of the poems that I sent them :-)

15 March 2017: Songs of Eretz

My poem "Portraits" has been accepted by Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. "Portraits" is a poem about Xau relaxing with his guards and Tian, the woman who cleans his rooms at the palace.

13 March 2017: Songs of Eretz

My poem "Yayoi Kusama" has been accepted by Songs of Eretz Poetry Review :-)

10 March 2017: Spillway

My poem "Mortal" has been accepted by Spillway. I wrote the first draft of the poem nearly a year ago, and it belongs to The Sign of the Dragon. It's a short poem, but I'm fond of it, and I am very glad it will be appearing in Spillway.

2 March 2017: Uppagus

My poem The Cat Vet is online in Uppagus, my twelfth appearance there. It's a poem in honor of the vet, Dr. Bebko.

25 February 2017: Aunthood + Ship of Fools

My sister's first child, a boy, was born earlier this week :-)

On the writing front, my poems "Sheep" and "Traveling" are in the latest issue (#76) of Ship of Fools. They are both part of King Xau's story, but are quieter interstitial poems, taking place between the main events. N.B. I have now had some 27 poems published in Ship of Fools, of which four are part of The Sign of the Dragon.

20 February 2017: Poetry Nook

My poem Hero has won the 118th weekly contest at poetrynook.com :-) "Hero" is a poem from the perspective not of the hero, but rather their wife. It first appeared in Star*Line and is part of The Sign of the Dragon.

15 February 2017: Analog + Songs of Eretz

To my great delight, I've had a very short story/oddity accepted by Analog :-) This will be my second story in Analog, the first having appeared back in 2003.

Also, my poem Stay appeared at Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. "Stay" takes place eleven years into The Sign of the Dragon, and is one of the sadder installments in King Xau's story.

13 February 2017: Nano Text #1

My poem "Advice to a Houseplant," written last month, has already appeared in Nano Text #1 , a Medusa's Laugh anthology.

9 February 2017: Heroic Fantasy Quarterly

My poem Seventeenth Lesson is up at Heroic Fantasy Quarterly :-) It's a poem about a lesson -- the seventeenth lesson! -- that the dragon gives to King Xau's eldest son, Keng. N.B. The first such lesson, titled just as imaginatively, appeared online last year in Silver Blade.

7 February 2017: Rhysling nomination

Happiness! My poem Returning has been nominated for the 2017 Rhysling Award. "Returning" first appeared in The Open Mouse, and is about King Xau riding through the night to get back home.

4 February 2017: Songs of Eretz Poetry Review

My poem "Five Arrows" has been accepted by Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. It's a poem about King Xau: not one with battles or dragons, but instead one where his youngest daughter tells him a story.

3 February 2017: Dreams & Nightmares

My poem "Daunted" is in the new issue of Dreams & Nightmares (issue 105). It's one of the longer Xau poems, over a hundred lines, and features the dragon, Captain Li, and Xau, all of whom I am very fond of. The failings of the poem are mine, not theirs :-) I note that pdfs of the issue can be ordered for $1, and that the issue contains poems by Ann K. Schwader, Sandra Lindow, Marge Simon, and more.

31 January 2017: Nano Tech anthology

My poem "Advice to a Houseplant" has been accepted for a Nano Tech anthology forthcoming from Medusa's Laugh Press. It's one of my shorter poems, just six lines long. It's also lighthearted (unless you are a houseplant, in which case it is rather grim reading).

30 January 2017: F&SF

Today I received payment for my poem "The Path to Peace," accepted a week ago by Fantasy & Science Fiction. I think it is the most I've yet been paid for a poem ($150), and stands in sharp contrast to the majority of mainstream poetry publications, which pay only in contributor's copies. Many SF/F magazines do pay for poems, but usually not very much. Poetry is a poor way to make a living! (But satisfying.)

29 January 2017: Concho River Review

My poem "Afternoon Tea" has been accepted by Concho River Review; it's a poem about preparing afternoon tea with Lucy.

28 January 2017: Silver Blade

My poem "Shade" has been accepted by Silver Blade. I wrote the poem as I was nearing the end of the first draft of The Sign of the Dragon, but it takes place about halfway through the story. (I didn't write the poems in chronological order.)

26 January 2017: Rhysling nomination

I am very happy to say that my poem Not Like This, first published in Apex Magazine, has been nominated for the 2017 Rhysling Award :-) :-) "Not Like This" is a King Xau poem told from the perspective of his guard Atun. (I am very fond of Xau's guards.)

24 January 2017: F&SF

My poem "The Path to Peace" has been accepted by Fantasy & Science Fiction, which makes me very happy :-) The poem is part of The Sign of the Dragon, taking place 12 years into the story. It will be my second poem to appear in F&SF. (I also have a poem in their current issue, and, years ago, they published four of my short stories.)

N.B. I have found Charlie Finlay to be a very nice editor to work with. He is always friendly, usually fast, and his comments are helpful.

23 January 2017: Polu Texni and Grievous Angel

I had two King Xau poems published today. Respect, a personal favorite of mine, appeared in Polu Texni, and The Imperial War: Onset appeared in Grievous Angel :-)

19 January 2017: Songs of Eretz Poetry Review

My poem Undecorating has been published by Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. If my tally is correct, it is my three hundredth poem to be published!

18 January 2017: Star*Line

My poems "The Dark Equations" and "Advice to a Six-Year-Old" have both been accepted by Star*Line. Both are new poems, written earlier this month. Sometimes it takes me years to get poems accepted (if I succeed at all). I much prefer when they find a home quickly!

15 January 2017: Eye to the Telescope + Mirror Dance

My poem "Preschool 2050" is in the Robots issue of Eye to the Telescope :-)

Also, my poem "Tirron" has been accepted by Mirror Dance, and will be my fifth poem to appear there. As with the other four poems that appeared in Mirror Dance, "Tirron" is part of The Sign of the Dragon.

12 January 2017: Star*Line

I have four poems in the new issue of Star*Line (issue #40.1, Winter 2017). All four poems were written in October-November 2016. One of them, Wilderness 2050, may be read online, as it is an Editor's Choice poem.

8 January 2017: Rhysling nomination

I am delighted to report that my poem First Lesson has been nominated for the 2017 Rhysling Award :-) "First Lesson" is part of The Sign of the Dragon, and first appeared in Silver Blade.

4 January 2017: Eye to the Telescope

My poem "Preschool 2050" has been accepted for the forthcoming Robots issue of Eye to the Telescope :-)

1 January 2017: Happy New Year

First and foremost, Happy New Year! May 2017 be kind to you.

Secondly, a quick summary of 2016 on the writing front. I wrote 97 new poems, revised many more, revised and re-revised The Sign of the Dragon, and wrote two short stories. I had 66 acceptances, 67 publications, 3 of my poems were nominated for the Rhysling Award, and I won the Elgin Award for Crowned :-) Balanced against this, I had a very large number of rejections (untallied, but probably about a thousand, since even when I have a poem accepted, the place accepting it usually rejects the other poems that I sent in that batch).

Thirdly, Crowned received two more Goodreads reviews in December: one by Jenny Blackford and one by John Reinhart :-)

24 December 2016: F&SF

The official publication date isn't until January, but I have received contributor copies of the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction containing my poem "Kingship" and I am happy :-)

This is my first poem in F&SF, though I have had four short stories published there. It is (surprise, surprise) a poem about King Xau, and I am fond of it.

21 December 2016: Were-Traveler

I have poems, all reprints, out in Issue 19 of The Were-Traveler :-)

18 December 2016: After Happy Hour Review

I have belatedly realized that my poem "Legacy" (accepted in June) has been published in After Happy Hour Review. "Legacy" is a short, mainstream poem. It used to be a long mainstream poem, but I pared it down....

15 December 2016: Songs of Eretz

My poem "Stay" has been accepted by Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. "Stay" tells a sad part of King Xau's story.

13 December 2016: Undead + Songs of Eretz

Two pieces of good news.... My poem Judgment has appeared in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. "Judgment" is a poem from near the end of King Xau's story. And my poem "Moon Swan" has been accepted by Undead: A Poetry Anthology; "Moon Swan" first appeared in Star*Line.

5 December 2016: Star*Line

Star*Line has accepted two more of my poems, "Magicians" and "Invitation." They are both new poems (written in November). N.B. In case it's not clear to anyone, I receive considerably more rejections than acceptances. In the past week, I've had rejections from Dreams & Nightmares, F&SF, Gettysburg Review, Interzone, Mithila Review, Polu Texni (two out of three poems rejected), and Star*Line (one out of three poems rejected). It's been a busy week!

4 December 2016: Polu Texni + Were-Traveler

I am very happy to report that I had six poems accepted this afternoon! Polu Texni accepted my poem "Respect," which is part of The Sign of the Dragon. It's one of the bleaker poems in the epic, but I am fond of it. And The Were-Traveler accepted five poems, all reprints, from The Sign of the Dragon for their upcoming speculative poetry issue.

1 December 2016: Mirror Dance + progress report

My King Xau poem Recruits is in the Winter 2016 issue of Mirror Dance. The poem takes place relatively late in the story, 14 years into King Xau's reign.

N.B. I have completed the whole of "The Sign of the Dragon," and been through 2 revision passes, and am trying to leave it alone for a bit. Which is hard. Last week I went back and added one short new poem into it (one of three cat poems in the sequence). In the meantime, I've written my first science fiction poems in a long time, plus some non-Xau fantasy poems, plus some mainstream poems, plus a couple of short-shorts.

28 November 2016: Songs of Eretz Poetry Review

My poem Princess Tea Party is online at Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. It's a poem about taking Lucy to, yes, a princess tea party, back when she was four years old.

11 November 2016: Songs of Eretz Poetry Review

My poem Pestilence, is online at Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. It's a short poem about my battles with punctuation.

3 November 2016: Star*Line

My poems "Suburbia 2050" and "Wilderness 2050" have been accepted by Star*Line :-) They are both science fiction poems.

2 November 2016: Two interviews

I have two recent interviews online: an interview with Terrie Leigh Relf, and an interview with Poetry Nook :-)

29 October 2016: The Violet Hour

My poem "For My Life," which is about my daughter (when she was quite a bit younger) is in issue #1.2 of The Violet Hour.

26 October 2016: SFPA Halloween Poetry Reading

I recorded my poem "Vengeance," first published in Star*Line, as part of this year's SFPA Halloween Poetry Reading.

22 October 2016: World Fantasy Convention + Songs of Eretz Poetry Review

If you will be at World Fantasy Convention next week, please come and say hello. I'll be on two panels: "A Golden Age of Contemporary Asian Fantasy" and "How Does Who We Are Affect What We Read?" In addition, I will probably participate in Thursday night's poetry open mic.

In other news, my poem Arrow, part of the King Xau epic, is online at Songs of Eretz Poetry Review.

20 October 2016: Ship of Fools

My poem "Eligible" (a King Xau poem) has been accepted by Ship of Fools :-)

2 October 2016: Grievous Angel + Uppagus

My short poem "Messengers" is online at Grievous Angel, my first appearance there :-)

Also, my poem "At the Sign of the Dragon" is online in Uppagus, my eleventh appearance there. "At the Sign of the Dragon" is a poem about the lovely bookshop that I frequented when I was growing up, the bookshop after which I named The Sign of the Dragon.

30 September 2016: Ligature Works

My poem Keng is in the debut issue of Ligature Works, a new online venue founded by Alexandra Erin :-) "Keng" is a poem from the perspective of Xau's eldest son. It takes place directly after my poem Inheritance from Heroic Fantasy Quarterly.

22 September 2016: Songs of Eretz Poetry Review

My poem Eighty has been published at Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. It's a poem about my father.

21 September 2016: Elgin Award

I am entirely delighted to report that Crowned just won the 2016 Elgin Award :-) :-) :-)

15 September 2016: Songs of Eretz Poetry Review

My poem Solstice has been published at Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. It's a poem about King Xau's sister and King Donal's brother.

13 September 2016: Heroic Fantasy Quarterly

I am happy to report that my poem "Seventeenth Lesson" has been accepted by Heroic Fantasy Quarterly :-) "Seventeenth Lesson" is a poem about King Xau's eldest son and the dragon, and is scheduled for publication in March 2017.

30 August 2016: Songs of Eretz Poetry Review

My poem Rachel has been published at Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. It is not a poem about dragons, or demons, or King Xau, but rather about one of my childhood friends.

28 August 2016: Songs of Eretz Poetry Review

My poem "Judgment" has been accepted by Songs of Eretz Poetry Review :-) "Judgment" is a poem about King Xau and his second queen, Hana.

25 August 2016: Songs of Eretz Poetry Review

My poem Li has just appeared in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. I'm fond of the poem, even though very little happens in it: Li, captain of King Xau's guards, prepares to sleep!

24 August 2016: Strange Horizons :-) :-) :-)

I am entirely delighted to report that my poem "The Sign of the King" has been accepted by Strange Horizons, my first sale to them in over two years of submissions.

"The Sign of the King" is the final poem in The Sign of the Dragon. I wrote it this May, but there is still work to be done on the project as a whole. I estimate I have two months of revisions left to do. (This may include adding poems that take place earlier on in the story -- I've added several since writing "The Sign of the King.")

21 August 2016: Songs of Eretz Poetry Review

My poem "Princess Tea Party" has been accepted by Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. It's a poem about Lucy, not a fantasy piece.

19 August 2016: Poetry Nook anthology

My poem "Brighid," first published in Apex Magazine, has been reprinted in the first Poetry Nook anthology, Poetry Nook: Popular Contest Winners. It is part of the King Xau epic, and is a rather dark poem about a six-year-old girl who was the servant to a demon.

16 August 2016: Dreams & Nightmares, Poetry Nook, Songs of Eretz, The Violet Hour

I've been away visiting relatives and have accumulated several poetry items to report.... My poem "Daunted," featuring both King Xau and the dragon, has been accepted by Dreams & Nightmares. Songs of Eretz Poetry Review published my poem Captain (a poem from the perspective of one of Xau's guards) and accepted my poem "Pestilence," (Yes, "Pestilence," does have a comma in its title.) A poem about Lucy, "For My Life," was accepted by The Violet Hour. Last but not least, my poem Night, first published in Ship of Fools, won the 92nd weekly contest at poetrynook.com :-)

4 August 2016: Worldcon

Here is my schedule for MidAmeriCon II, the 74th Worldcon:

Mars Needs Poets, Thursday 8/18/2016, 11:00 - 12:00, Room 2205
- Let's talk science fiction and fantasy poetry! Where can you find it? Who's writing it? What pieces do we love? And how is science fiction changing the landscape of modern poetry?
- Jim Davidson (M), Mary Soon Lee, Rose Lemberg, Frederick Turner, Dr. Mary A. Turzillo Ph.D., Jo Walton

Spec Fic Poets: A Group Reading, Friday 8/19/2016, 12:00 - 13:00, Room 2203
- Frederick Turner, Michael Substelny, Mr. Robin Wayne Bailey, Mary Soon Lee, Jim Davidson, Symantha Reagor (M), Bogi Takács, Erin Wilcox

Beta Readers, Friday 8/19/2016, 13:00 - 14:00, Room 2206
- What is the best way to choose beta readers, and when are they most useful? Our panel discuss how to get the best out of beta readers, who to avoid and how to deal with their critique.
- Mr. Eric James Stone, Martin L. Shoemaker, Mary Soon Lee, Shanna Swendson (M), Sharon Bass

Autographing, Saturday 8/20/2016, 12:00 - 13:00, Autographing Space
- William Ledbetter, Mary Soon Lee, Sunil Patel, Courtney Schafer, Howard Tayler

4 August 2016: Apex + Ship of Fools

My poem Not Like This is in the latest issue of Apex Magazine. It's a Xau poem I'm distinctly fond of, in which Xau is heroic. And my poems "Bowl" and "On Vacation" are both in the latest issue of Ship of Fools. "Bowl" is a very quiet Xau poem, and "On Vacation" is a non-Xau poem about reading. I note that I have now had 25 poems published in Ship of Fools!

31 July 2016: Dreams & Nightmares + Confluence

My poem "Wolf Moon" is in the latest issue of Dreams & Nightmares. The poem was first published in "Crowned".

Also, I have returned from Confluence, the annual Pittsburgh SF/F conference, where I had a good but exhausting time. I was on five panels, plus I held a Kaffeeklatsch on dragons and I gave a reading. I particularly enjoyed hearing other authors read; Saladin Ahmed read one of his short stories, plus I heard Darrell Schweitzer and Timons Esaias, and briefer snippets from others.

27 July 2016: Ligature Works, Songs of Eretz

I am delighted to say that my poem "Keng" has been accepted by Ligature Works for their first issue, which should be out around the end of September. "Keng" is a poem from the perspective of King Xau's eldest child.

Also, my poem Widow has been published in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. "Widow" is from the perspective of King Xau's sister.

26 July 2016: Main Street Rag

My poem "School Library" is in the latest issue of Main Street Rag :-) This is my twentieth poem to appear there.

19 July 2016: Mirror Dance

My poem "Recruits" has been accepted by Mirror Dance, and will be my fourth King Xau poem to appear there :-)

18 July 2016: Grievous Angel, Ship of Fools

Today was a good mail-day. I had three King Xau poems accepted, "The Imperial War: Onset" by Grievous Angel, and both "Traveling" and "Sheep" by Ship of Fools.

15 July 2016: Eye to the Telescope

My poem "Stepmother" is in the new issue of Eye to the Telescope. I am delighted to be included in the issue, especially as it contains several pieces that I love, my favorite of all being John C. Mannone's "Emancipation," which is beautifully written, specific in its details, and universal in its theme.

14 July 2016: Worldcon, Confluence, Hemingway's

I have several upcoming author appearances: I will be at MidAmericon II (the 74th Worldcon) in August and will be on the "Mars Needs Poets" panel at 11 am on Thursday the 18th and the "Beta Readers" panel at 1 pm on Friday the 19th. I am particularly glad that both Mary Turzillo and Jo Walton will be on the poetry panel: Mary Turzillo because I already know her and she will be a friendly face, and Jo Walton because her novel "Among Others" is one of my favorite books.

And I will be at Confluence (the annual Pittsburgh SF/F/H conference) in two weeks. I'm scheduled for 5 panels, plus a Kaffeeklatsch on dragons with Andi O'Connor, an autograph session, and a reading with Timons Esaias at 1 pm on Sunday.

Lastly, in 5 days time, on Tuesday 7/19/2016 at 8 pm, I will be reading at the Hemingway's Poetry Series in Pittsburgh, a summer poetry series that has been running for over 40 years. Coincidentally I will again be reading with Timons Esaias (plus Charlie Brice, Jay Carson, Ann Curran, and Judith Robinson).

9 July 2016: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

My King Xau poem Why the King Wept is in today's edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette :-) Yay :-) The poem was first published earlier this year in Uppagus.

7 July 2016: Songs of Eretz Poetry Review

My poem "Arrow" has been accepted by Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. "Arrow" is a King Xau poem that introduces a new character into the epic, and I am rather fond of it.

1 July 2016: Eye to the Telescope

I am happy to report that my poem "Stepmother" has been accepted by Eye to the Telescope. I wrote the poem as part of the King Xau epic, but am unsure whether I'll keep it there. (It has a different tone than most of the poems.)

27 June 2016: F&SF

Today I received $75 payment and the contract from Fantasy & Science Fiction for my poem "Kingship" :-) For those of you who are not poets, $75 is a very good payment for a poem. I think I've only twice received more (one of those two happy occasions being last week when I won the Poetry Nook contest).

20 June 2016: Poetry Nook

My poem The Horse Lord won the 84th weekly contest at poetrynook.com :-) I note that this seems an excellent place to send previously-published poems. They charge no entry fee and award a $100 weekly prize. However, all entries are posted online (and therefore published), so this is NOT a place to send work for which you are still hoping to sell first rights. ("The Horse Lord" is a King Xau poem that first appeared in Ideomancer.)

12 June 2016: Orlando

Thinking of the dead, the injured, their friends and families in Orlando:

Incomprehensible

In ruin's wake,
we search for signs,
a meaning writ
where there is nothing
but grief.

10 June 2016: F&SF + After Happy Hour Review + Songs of Eretz Poetry Review

I am delighted to report that my poem "Kingship" has been accepted by Fantasy & Science Fiction. Back when I was writing short stories, I had several published in Fantasy & Science Fiction, but this is the first time I've sold them a poem. "Kingship" is, unsurprisingly, about King Xau.

It was a good day: I also had a mainstream poem accepted. "Legacy" will appear in After Happy Hour Review :-) And in addition I had a King Xau poem, Homecoming, published in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review :-)

8 June 2016: Songs of Eretz Poetry Review

My poems "Solstice" and "Eighty" have both been accepted by Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. The former is from the King Xau epic, but is about his sister Mei; the latter is about my father.

7 June 2016: Songs of Eretz Poetry Review

My poem Polar Bears is in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review; "Polar Bears" is a poem about visiting the zoo with Lucy, back when she was only two years old.... In non-poetry news, two huge old trees fell down in our back yard earlier this week. I am particularly sad about the loss of the oak tree.

3 June 2016: Mirror Dance

My poem Further Extracts from the Recollections of Artoch, Senior Advisor to King Xau is online in Mirror Dance :-)

1 June 2016: Silver Blade

My poem First Lesson has been published online at Silver Blade :-) "First Lesson" is a poem in play format featuring the dragon and Prince Keng (King Xau's oldest child).

25 May 2016: Songs of Eretz Poetry Review

My poem Another Week is in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review; "Another Week" is a poem about King Xau and his son Keng. I also noticed that another King Xau poem, Fault, had been published there in April.... In other news, I think I will have a first draft of the entire epic by early June :-)

16 May 2016: Poetry Nook Anthology

My poem Brighid, first published in first published in Apex Magazine, and subsequently the winner of a Poetry Nook weekly contest, will be reprinted in a Poetry Nook anthology.

10 May 2016: Concho River Review

My poem "Blaze" is in the latest issue of the Concho River Review :-) It's a poem about my father.

9 May 2016: Rhysling anthology + Star*Line

I received my contributor copies of The 2016 Rhysling Anthology, which contains reprints of three poems that first appeared in "Crowned": "The Washerwoman's Daughter," "Training: Stances," and "Dragonslayer" :-) :-) :-)

And I also received, in the same parcel, my contributor copies of the latest Star*Line, containing another three poems: "The Hobbit," "Conversations with Household Items," and "Hero." The first of these three is autobiographical, the second fictitious, and the third is part of The Sign of the Dragon (a poem from the point of view of Queen Shazia).

8 May 2016: Picture of Hana

Illustration Illustration by Lucy Lee-Moore


Lucy drew me a picture of Hana for Mother's Day :-) I have added the picture below the poem "The Ride" on my The Sign of the Dragon website.

7 May 2016: Songs of Eretz Poetry Review

My poems "Li" and "Rachel" have both been accepted by Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. "Li" is a poem from The Sign of the Dragon that focuses on one of King Xau's guards. "Rachel" is a poem about a childhood friend of mine.

6 May 2016: The Open Mouse

My poem Returning has been published in The Open Mouse :-) It's a poem about King Xau riding for home after defeating a demon.

3 May 2016: Reading on Thursday at Te Cafe

I will be giving a short poetry reading on Thursday at Te Cafe, 2000 Murray Avenue, Squirrel Hill, as part of the Pittsburgh Poetry Review's roadshow for issue two. Charles W Brice and Stuart Sheppard will also be reading. The event starts at 7 pm.

2 May 2016: Grievous Angel

My poem "Messengers," a short poem from
The Sign of the Dragon, has been accepted by Grievous Angel :-)

1 May 2016 (later): Heroic Fantasy Quarterly

My poem Inheritance has just appeared in Heroic Fantasy Quarterly :-) "Inheritance" is a poem with King Xau, and the dragon, and King Xau's oldest son.

1 May 2016: Silver Blade

My poem "First Lesson" has been accepted by Silver Blade :-) "First Lesson" takes place 17 years into King Xau's story.

20 April 2016: Songs of Eretz Poetry Review

My poem "Roasted Chicken" appeared online in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. It's a poem about cooking with Lucy.

9 April 2016: Dreams & Nightmares

My poem "Dragon," in which King Xau meets the dragon for the second time, is in the latest issue of Dreams & Nightmares :-)

7 April 2016: Songs of Eretz Poetry Review

I have had two more poems published in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review: Micha, which is a short King Xau poem that takes place soon after the end of "Crowned", and Giants, which is a poem about my parents that was first published in the Atlanta Review.

3 April 2016: Songs of Eretz Poetry Review

My poem "Captain," part of the King Xau saga, has been accepted by Songs of Eretz Poetry Review :-) It may be my swiftest acceptance to date, the email reply flying back in under ten minutes!

2 April 2016: Uppagus + Songs of Eretz Poetry Review

My poem "Why the King Wept" has been published in Uppagus :-) This poem is part of a group about Xau helping out during a flood in a neighboring country. One of the poems about the flood itself, "Not Like This," is due to appear in Apex Magazine in August, and a third poem from the group, Dread, appeared in December in Mirror Dance.

My poem "Widow" has been accepted by Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. It is part of the epic fantasy, but about King Xau's sister rather than King Xau.

30 March 2016: Songs of Eretz Poetry Review

My poem Interregnum has been reprinted in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review; this poem first appeared in Star*Line. (It's the opening poem in The Sign of the Dragon, and as such is also in "Crowned".)

28 March 2016: Uppagus

My poems "The Cat Vet" and "When King Xau Was Gone" have both been accepted by Uppagus :-) "The Cat Vet" is -- surprise, surprise -- a poem about my cats' vet, and "When King Xau Was Gone" is -- another surprise here -- a King Xau poem, one written recently (last month).

25 March 2016: Songs of Eretz Poetry Review

My poem Papa has been reprinted in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review; this poem first appeared in Uppagus.

8 March 2016: Book Signing + Main Street Rag

I will be at a book signing this Saturday evening, here in Pittsburgh, and would be happy to chat to any and all.... In other news, my poem "School Library" has been accepted by Main Street Rag :-)

24 February 2016: Pittsburgh Poetry Review

My poem "House Hunt" is in the new issue (#2) of the Pittsburgh Poetry Review :-)

22 February 2016: Songs of Eretz Poetry Review

My poems "Homecoming" and "Polar Bears" have been accepted by
Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. "Homecoming" is a poem about King Xau from the perspective of his elderly stablemaster, and "Polar Bears" is about a visit to the Pittsburgh Zoo with my daughter.

20 February 2016: Mirror Dance

My poem "Further Extracts from the Recollections of Artoch, Senior Advisor to King Xau" has been accepted by Mirror Dance :-) It may have the longest title of any of my accepted poems, but I do have a (published) story with a still-longer title!

19 February 2016: Open Mouse

My poem "Returning" (a Xau poem) has been accepted by The Open Mouse :-)

15 February 2016: Rhysling nominations

I discovered that three poems from "Crowned" have been nominated for the 2016 Rhysling Award :-) :-) The poems are "The Washerwoman's Daughter," which was later reprinted in Star*Line, "Dragonslayer," which was later reprinted in Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, and "Training: Stances." This means that a total of five poems in the book have been nominated for the Rhysling Award. ("Interregnum" won the 2014 Rhysling Award for best long poem and "The Matter of the Horses" was nominated for the 2015 Rhysling Award.)

12 February 2016: Star*Line

My poem "Conversations with Household Items" has been accepted by Star*Line :-)

11 February 2016: Star*Line

My poem "The Hobbit" has been accepted by Star*Line :-)

10 February 2016: Mike Hanlon

I learned today that Mike Hanlon died. Mike was a high school friend of Andrew's and the best man at our wedding.

9 February 2016: Uppagus

My poem "At the Sign of the Dragon" has been accepted by Uppagus. This is a poem about the bookshop that my epic fantasy is named after. The owners were always very kind to me when I was growing up.

8 February 2016: Ship of Fools

My poem "Letters" is in the latest issue of Ship of Fools. Moreover, the editor, Jack Hart, wrote a one-page review of "Crowned", which appears at the end of the issue. I particularly appreciated his comment that "Ms. Lee uses a very clear, direct, and simple diction nearly free of idiom or verbal mannerism, so that the language is on one hand clear and readable, and on the other dignified and reserved. It works very well for the author's purposes." I am aware that many of the poems border on prose, and yet in my mind they are not prose, partly because they are more condensed and partly because I attempt to make them sound well (I may not succeed). It is is a relief to know this worked for Mr. Hart. N.B. I am grateful to Mr. Hart not only for his review, but for publishing my poetry and encouraging me for twelve years.

2 February 2016: Uppagus + Main Street Rag

I have two poems about my grandparents in the latest issue of Uppagus, and a poem titled "National Museum of Ireland" in Main Street Rag :-)

30 January 2016: Ship of Fools

My poems "Bowl" and "On Vacation" have been accepted by Ship of Fools :-) "Bowl" is a King Xau poem and "On Vacation" is about my addictive delight in reading.

29 January 2016: Songs of Eretz Poetry Review

My poem "Another Week" has been accepted by Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. The poem is about King Xau and his eldest son.

25 January 2016: Songs of Eretz Poetry Review + Louisiana Literature

I am delighted to report that I am the poet of the week at Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. Today's poem is "Grandmothers," and is partly about my mother.... Also today I received my contributor's copy of Louisiana Literature containing my poem "Holding You" (a poem about Lucy).

24 January 2016: Heroic Fantasy Quarterly

My poem "Inheritance" has been accepted by Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, and will be my third poem from The Sign of the Dragon to appear there. "Inheritance" features King Xau, his eldest son Keng, and the dragon.

21 January 2016: David Hartwell

David Hartwell, a giant in the science fiction field, died yesterday. I knew him a little, not well, and admired and liked him very much.

20 January 2016: RHINO

My poem "Words" has been reprinted online by RHINO (who published it in print last year).

18 January 2016: Elgin Award nomination

"Crowned" has been nominated for the 2016 Elgin Award :-) :-) :-)

16 January 2016: Verse Envisioned

My poem "Succession" has been reprinted in Verse Envisioned, an anthology of poems from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, plus artwork inspired by twenty of the poems. I am honored to be included in the anthology, and doubly so as my poem appears on the facing page to Samuel Hazo's wonderful poem "And the Time Is." "Succession" first appeared in Red Rock Review.

15 January 2016: Songs of Eretz

Another acceptance from Songs of Eretz Poetry Review, this time for a Xau poem titled "Fault" :-)

14 January 2016: Songs of Eretz

My poem "Roasted Chicken" has been accepted by Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. The poem is about cooking with my daughter Lucy.

8 January 2016: Concho River Review

My poem "Blaze" has been accepted by the Concho River Review :-)

7 January 2016: Pittsburgh Poetry Review

I am delighted to report that my poem "House Hunt" has been accepted by the Pittsburgh Poetry Review. The poem is about (surprise) our house hunt and also about my daughter Lucy.

6 January 2016: Songs of Eretz + 2015 summary

A belated Happy New Year to anyone reading this.... My poem "Micha" (a King Xau poem) has been accepted by
Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. Also, I am happy to report that I will be one of the Songs of Eretz Poetry Review Frequent Contributors, which means that I will typically have two poems published there a month.

Looking back over 2015, I see that I wrote 106 new poems, had my first poetry book published (Crowned), and had 57 poem publications in addition to those in the book.

28 December 2015: Dreams & Nightmares

My poem "Again" has been accepted by Dreams & Nightmares, my sixth poem to be accepted there :-) "Again" is one of the King Xau poems, so I am particularly glad it has found a good home.

12 December 2015: Songs of Eretz

I have had three more poems accepted by Songs of Eretz Poetry Review :-) These three are all reprints. (They were finalists for the Songs of Eretz Poetry Review contest, but, after they didn't win, the editor asked to publish them.) The poems are "Papa," which first appeared in Uppagus, "Giants," which appeared in the Atlanta Review, and "Interregnum," which first appeared in Star*Line.

8 December 2015: Songs of Eretz

I have had five poems accepted by Songs of Eretz Poetry Review :-) The five include one poem about King Xau and two poems that Lucy particularly liked.

6 December 2015: Uppagus

My poem Cans is online at Uppagus :-) The poem is about my childhood and my father.

4 December 2015: Mirror Dance

My poem Dread, set two and a half years after the end of Crowned, has just been published by Mirror Dance :-)

2 December 2015: Silver Blade

My poem The Wild Horses Came Hastening is online in the latest issue of Silver Blade. It's part of the saga about King Xau and takes place eight years after the end of Crowned.

28 November 2015: Companionship

I have added my poem Companionship to The Sign of the Dragon webpage. The poem first appeared in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review, before being reprinted in Crowned.

9 November 2015: Dreams & Nightmares + Heroic Fantasy Quarterly

My poem A Tale at Bedtime is in Heroic Fantasy Quarterly #26; this poem first appeared in Crowned under the title "Bedtime." And my poem "A Gift" is in the latest issue (#101) of Dreams & Nightmares. Both poems are part of The Sign of the Dragon. "A Gift" is the poem furthest on in the sequence to have so far been published, being set 11 years into King Xau's reign.

30 October 2015: Silver Blade

I am very happy to report that my poem "The Wild Horses Came Hastening" has been accepted by Silver Blade, my first sale to them. The poem belongs to The Sign of the Dragon, and is my most-recently-written poem to be accepted. (I wrote it last month.)

29 October 2015: Atlanta Review + Star*Line

My poem "At the Word Party" is in the latest issue of the Atlanta Review, and my poems "The Washerwoman's Daughter" and "Vengeance" are both in the latest Star*Line. ("The Washerwoman's Daughter" was first published in Crowned.) The two Star*Line poems are both from The Sign of the Dragon, though neither of them is about King Xau.

25 October 2015: Uppagus

My poems "In Dublin" and "In Malaya" have both been accepted by Uppagus :-) One is about my Irish grandparents and the other about my Malaysian grandparents.

24 October 2015: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Anthology

My poem "Succession" has been selected to appear in an anthology of poems drawn from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The poem first appeared in Red Rock Review, then in Crowned, then in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

20 October 2015: Red Rock Review + World Fantasy Convention

My poem "What the Table Wants" is in the latest issue of Red Rock Review :-) Also, I will be at this year's World Fantasy Convention, and will be on two panels: "What is 'Epic' about Epic Fantasy?" and "Fantasy landscapes and the limits of imagination."

16 October 2015: HWA Poetry Showcase

My poem "Necromancer" is in the HWA Poetry Showcase, Volume II. "Necromancer" is part of The Sign of the Dragon.

14 October 2015: "Brighid" / poetrynook.com

My poem Brighid, first published in Apex Magazine, has won the 48th weekly poetry contest at poetrynook.com :-) And I have already received the $25 prize via Paypal.

6 October 2015: "Brighid"

I just entered my poem Brighid in poetrynook.com's latest weekly contest. The poem first appeared in Apex Magazine.... While I am (evidently) still enthusiastic about this contest, I note that I would be wary of sending them poems that have NOT already been published, since I think that entering the contest would qualify as a form of publication, and so make it hard to sell/place the poems elsewhere....

5 October 2015: Spillway + New Yinzer

Today I received my contributor's copy of Spillway 23, containing my poem "Cup in Hand." And I also had two poems, "Kitchen" and "Ask Me Now," published online by The New Yinzer. A good day.

29 September 2015: "What Xau Remembered" + Apex + Sasquan

I just entered my poem What Xau Remembered in poetrynook.com's latest weekly contest. I plan to enter a poem most weeks, as they accept reprints and have no entry fee. The poem first appeared in Uppagus.... I also recently received payment from Apex Magazine for my poem Training: Endurance, and a check from Sasquan, courtesy of having been a program participant.

28 September 2015: Lunar Eclipse

Book Cover

William took this photo of the lunar eclipse last night, as seen from the road across from our house through a break in the clouds....

26 September 2015: "Stables"

I just entered my poem Stables in an online poetry contest. I don't think this is a contest with high readership, but they pay $25, are open to reprints, and have no entry fee. I note that the poem was first published in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. N.B. Information about this week's entries is at poetrynook.com/contest/46th-weekly-poetry-contest.

17 September 2015: "Uncle Pat"

My poem "Uncle Pat" was published in Iodine Poetry Journal :-)

26 August 2015: "Stables"

I have added my poem Stables to The Sign of the Dragon webpage. The poem first appeared in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review, before being reprinted in Crowned.

24 August 2015: Worldcon

Lucy (my 10-year-old) and I are back from Worldcon. We got back very late yesterday, and are both a bit jetlagged and a bit tired, but we had a good time. Lucy particularly enjoyed the dealers' room, from where she procured at least 5 t-shirts (my favorite being one that combined Star Wars, Star Trek, and Dr. Who on one t-shirt), plus a ring (the One Ring), a necklace (with a Harry Potter time-turner), and a Lord of the Rings mini-handbag. I particularly enjoyed meeting people with a shared interest in SF/F, including two people I had communicated with electronically but never seen (Beth Cato and Rich Horton). The travel provided plenty of reading time: I re-read "Tehanu" by Ursula K. Le Guin for the third or fourth time (and liked it very much indeed), plus I read two books by Lois McMaster Bujold, the first books by her that I've read in fourteen years, and enjoyed them a lot (barring one scene that crossed the threshold from dark-but-entertaining into dark-and-disturbing).

17 August 2015: Mirror Dance

My poem "Dread," set in the seventh year of The Sign of the Dragon, has been accepted by Mirror Dance :-)

13 August 2015: Ship of Fools

My poem "Letters" has been accepted by Ship of Fools :-)

7 August 2015: Sasquan/Worldcon reading (chocolate!)

I will be giving a reading at Worldcon at 12:30 pm on Thursday August 20 in room CC-301. I hope to have English chocolate to give away. I will also be on four panels -- here's my full schedule.

4 August 2015: Apex Magazine

My poem Training: Endurance has just appeared in Apex Magazine :-) The poem is part of The Sign of the Dragon, but takes place after the events in "Crowned".

3 August 2015: Heroic Fantasy Quarterly

My poem Dragonslayer, first published in "Crowned", has just appeared in Heroic Fantasy Quarterly :-) They also promptly paid me $25, which is the most I've received for an individual poem since 2006, when America paid me $100 for a poem titled "Silk Road."

2 August 2015: Uppagus

My poem "Why the King Wept" has been accepted by Uppagus, the eighth poem of mine that they have accepted :-) The poem is part of The Sign of the Dragon.... And speaking of Uppagus, I will be one of the readers at their Uppagus Speaks event this Thursday evening.

30 July 2015: "The Ride"

I have added "The Ride" to the group of poems from The Sign of the Dragon that are online (free!) on my website www.thesignofthedragon.com. "The Ride" first appeared in Star*Line, and takes place eleven years into the story.

23 July 2015: Red Rock Review + Confluence

My poem "What the Table Wants" has been accepted by Red Rock Review (my seventh poem to be accepted by them) :-) In other news, if you live near Pittsburgh, you might be interested in attending this year's Confluence this weekend (July 24 - July 26). Confluence is an annual literary conference focusing on speculative fiction. And if you do make it there, please consider coming to my reading at 4 pm on Saturday, or come to one of my panels, or say hi to me in the hallway....

20 July 2015: Star*Line

I have four poems in the new issue of Star*Line. The poems are "Old Astronauts," plus three poems from The Sign of the Dragon: "Opus," "What Atun Learned," and "Darkness." "Opus" contains rhyme, a rarity for me. "Darkness," which I wrote in January, is my first prose poem, though I have written a couple more since then.

18 July 2015: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette + Heroic Fantasy Quarterly + Main Street Rag + Ship of Fools + Amazon

Catching up on my mail and this blog after a very enjoyable family vacation.... My poem "Succession," which first appeared in "Crowned", was accepted and then promptly printed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.... "Dragonslayer," which also first appeared in "Crowned," has been accepted by Heroic Fantasy Quarterly.... "National Museum of Ireland" has been accepted by Main Street Rag.... "Titles" has been published in Ship of Fools.... And, lastly, "Crowned" is now available from Amazon (and still available from Dark Renaissance Books).

29 June 2015: Atlanta Review + Green Hills Literary Lantern

A good day: I had four poems accepted :-) "At the Word Party" was accepted by the Atlanta Review, and will be my fifth poem to appear there. And "Ovation," "A Reader's Primer," and "Eating Under the Sky," were accepted by the Green Hills Literary Lantern. Both "Eating Under the Sky" and "Ovation" are about my son, one when he was just four years old, the other when he was in seventh grade.

19 June 2015: Louisiana Literature

My poem "Holding You" (about carrying my daughter Lucy) has been accepted by Louisiana Literature :-)

17 June 2015: Crowned - in print!

Book Cover


Crowned, the first book in The Sign of the Dragon has just been published by Dark Renaissance Books :-) :-)

Click here to order a copy! Or three copies! N.B. I am unsure whether Dark Renaissance Books ship outside the USA.

One note of caution: the book contains material, including swearing and violence, that might be considered unsuitable for children.

15 and 16 June 2015: Star*Line

My poems "Hero" and "Vengeance" have been accepted by Star*Line :-) Both poems belong to The Sign of the Dragon, and both have a slightly different tone than most of the poems in the sequence. "Vengeance" even rhymes! And two of the rhymes are thanks to the excellent F.J. Bergmann.

11 June 2015: Crowned :-) :-) :-)

The official release date isn't until 6/19/2015, but today I received my copies of "Crowned: The Sign of the Dragon, Book 1", published by Dark Renaissance Books :-) :-) :-)

9 June 2015: Uppagus

My poem Perfect is in the latest issue of Uppagus :-) This is my sixth poem to appear in Uppagus.

In non-writing news, William and Lucy are both now on summer break. I am trying to spend less time writing while they are home, and have instead embarked on a most enjoyable reading binge.

5 June 2015: HWA Poetry Showcase

My poem "Necromancer" has been accepted for the HWA Poetry Showcase, Volume II :-) HWA is the Horror Writers Assocation.... The poem is part of The Sign of the Dragon; while I consider the sequence to be an epic fantasy, several of the individual poems are dark enough to count as horror.

22 May 2015: Crowned: Book Contract

Today I signed a book contract with Dark Renaissance Books :-) :-) :-) They will be publishing Crowned, the first book in The Sign of the Dragon, and it will include wonderful illustrations by M. Wayne Miller, such as this one of Xau and the dragon. I am very, very happy :-) :-) :-)


Illustration Illustration by M. Wayne Miller


6 May 2015: Apex Magazine

My poem "Not Like This," a favorite of mine, has been accepted by Apex Magazine :-) It is the 33rd poem from The Sign of the Dragon to be accepted :-)

5 May 2015: Rune

My poem "Equal Rights" has been published by Rune Literary Journal.

2 May 2015: Star*Line + Rhysling Anthology

I have three poems -- "On Reading Fantasy," "Cure," and "After" -- in the latest issue of Star*Line :-) "Cure" and "After" are the 21st and 22nd poems from The Sign of the Dragon to be published.... And I also have three poems reprinted in The 2015 Rhysling Anthology: "Numbers," "The Matter of the Horses," and "The Virgin and the Unicorn." Both "Numbers" and "The Matter of the Horses" are part of The Sign of the Dragon. "The Matter of the Horses" first appeared in Ideomancer, and "Numbers" and "The Virgin and the Unicorn" both first appeared in Star*Line.... A good day!

1 May 2015: RHINO + Update

My poem "Words" has been published in RHINO 2015 :-)

So far this year, I've written 38 new poems, revised a large number of other poems, had 22 poems accepted, and 26 poems published. And (today) dodged a health scare, which is the best news by far.

30 April 2015: Ideomancer + Main Street Rag

My poem "Solstice" has been accepted by Ideomancer :-) This is the 32nd poem from The Sign of the Dragon to be accepted.... And my poem "Tiny Tower" has been published in Main Street Rag.

28 April 2015: Star*Line

My poem "Darkness" has been accepted by Star*Line :-) :-) It's the 31st poem from The Sign of the Dragon to be accepted. It's also my first prose poem to be accepted.

28 April 2015: Concho River Review

My poem "Television" has been published in the Concho River Review :-)

19 April 2015: Star*Line

My poem "What Atun Learned" has been accepted by Star*Line :-) :-) It's the 30th poem from The Sign of the Dragon to be accepted and one of the most recently written. (I finished the first draft on April 8th.)

10 April 2015: Ship of Fools

My poem "Titles" has been accepted by Ship of Fools :-)

6 April 2015: Rune

My poem "Equal Rights" has been accepted by Rune.

4 April 2015: Songs of Eretz

On my final day as poet-of-the-week at Songs of Eretz Poetry Review, my poem Life Without Makeup has been reprinted; this poem first appeared in Main Street Rag.

3 April 2015: Uppagus + Songs of Eretz

My poem Pigeon Six is in the latest issue of Uppagus. It is the twentieth poem from The Sign of the Dragon to be published :-)

And I have two more poems in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review:

1 April 2015: Songs of Eretz

I am delighted to report that I am the poet of the week at Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. You can read Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday's poems online:

28 March 2015: Spillway

My poem "Cup in Hand" has been accepted by Spillway :-)

In non-writing news, we have just returned from a 4-day vacation in Florida. William and I went to the Kennedy Space Center all four days (it was great). Lucy and Andrew went there on three days. I am still absorbing all that we saw. I had not anticipated how much of an impact it would have on me to see Atlantis, especially since I have seen a space shuttle before. But it almost made me cry. And we got to watch the launch of the latest GPS satellite.

23 March 2015: Tales of the Talisman + Red Rock Review

My poems "Daybreak" and "Demon Fire" are both in the latest issue of Tales of the Talisman, and are the 17th and 18th poems from The Sign of the Dragon to be published :-) And my poem "Army" is in the latest issue of the Red Rock Review :-) N.B. "Army" is not from The Sign of the Dragon, but is instead a poem about my son.

21 March 2015: Star*Line

My newest poem, "Opus," has been accepted by Star*Line :-) I am very happy :-) It's the 29th poem from The Sign of the Dragon to be accepted :-)

16 March 2015: Songs of Eretz

I have had five poems accepted by Songs of Eretz Poetry Review :-) :-) Three of the poems are reprints, "Life Without Makeup" and "Inside the Suits" were both first published in the Main Street Rag, and "Before" was first published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Two of the poems have not been published before: "Reading Companions" and "Companionship," the latter being the 28th poem from The Sign of the Dragon to be accepted.

14 March 2015: Ship of Fools

My poem "Night" has appeared in Ship of Fools :-) It's the sixteenth poem from The Sign of the Dragon to be published.

13 March 2015: Uppagus

Earlier this week, Uppagus emailed accepting my poem "Pigeon Six" :-) It's the 27th poem from The Sign of the Dragon to be accepted.

9 March 2015: Rejection

When I began the Mailbox Blues, almost 20 years ago (!) I reported all my rejections here. Nowadays, I consider my duty done once I report my rejections to Duotrope. But since today I had four separate rejections, I thought I would list them as a reminder that I receive plenty of bad news, not just good news. Today I had a swift 15-day rejection from Harpur Palate, a 20-day rejection from Missouri Review with a very nice comment handwritten on it (this market is close to the top of my list because they've been sending me encouraging feedback), a 133-day rejection from Ploughshares, and a 542-day rejection from Florida Review. This last response time is, of course, horrible, and I do try to use Duotrope to avoid markets that will take over a year to reply....

8 March 2015: Songs of Eretz

My poem China: Ancient Technology Exhibition has been reprinted online in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. This poem first appeared, over ten years ago, in The American Scholar.

7 March 2015: Apex Magazine

My poem "Training: Endurance" has been accepted by Apex Magazine :-) It is the 26th poem from The Sign of the Dragon to be accepted. I'm happy!

2 March 2015: Cold Mountain Review

My poem "On Reading Materials" has been published by Cold Mountain Review :-)

1 March 2015: Mirror Dance, Mobius, Update

My poem "Training: Horse" is in the Spring 2015 issue of Mirror Dance. It's the fifteenth poem from The Sign of the Dragon to be published :-) I note that I very much liked the other three poems in the issue.

Also, my mainstream poem "Builder" is in the latest issue of Mobius: The Journal of Social Change.

So far this year, I have written 23 new poems, and have lost count of how many older poems I've revised, but more than a few.

27 February 2015: Leonard Nimoy

I am very sad to hear that Leonard Nimoy died today. His portrayal of Spock was an important part of my childhood. In addition to acting, he also wrote poetry, including the following lines from his book "You and I" -

I am not immortal.

Whatever I put off for later
May never be.

Whoever doesn't know now
That I love them
May never know.

25 February 2015: Star*Line

My poem "The Washerwoman's Daughter" has been accepted by Star*Line in a very speedy 11 minutes! It's the 25th poem from The Sign of the Dragon to be accepted :-)

24 February 2015: Songs of Eretz

My poem Stables has been published online in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. The poem belongs to The Sign of the Dragon, and is a favorite of mine.

21 February 2015: Dreams & Nightmares

My poem "Wolf Moon" has been accepted by Dreams & Nightmares :-) I caused the editor, David Kopaska-Merkel, some inconvenience, but he was very nice about it, and indeed has been friendly and helpful in all my dealings with him. (This is the fifth poem of mine that he has accepted.)

"Wolf Moon" is the 24th poem from The Sign of the Dragon to be accepted.

On the non-writing front, we had two snow days last week due to cold weather (much jubilation from Lucy resulted), and have today had several inches of actual snow.

15 February 2015: Rhysling Award

My poem "The Virgin and the Unicorn" has been nominated for the 2015 Rhysling Award :-) It first appeared in Star*Line.

11 February 2015: Songs of Eretz

My poem Autumn Fire has been reprinted online in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. This poem first appeared in Main Street Rag.

8 February 2015: Rhysling Award

My poems "Numbers" and "The Matter of the Horses" have both been nominated for the 2015 Rhysling Award :-) :-) Both poems belong to The Sign of the Dragon and I am very happy :-)

4 February 2015 (later): Songs of Eretz

Songs of Eretz Poetry Review has accepted four of my poems. Two, "China: Ancient Technology Exhibition" and "Autumn Fire," are reprints of poems about my father. One, "Sizing Up," is a poem about William's first morning at PreKindergarten, back when he was four years old. And the last, "Stables," is one of my favorite poems from The Sign of the Dragon. Dr. Gordon, the editor, was exceedingly fast and helpful.

4 February 2015: Free State Review

My poem "Hair" has just been published in Free State Review :-)

1 February 2015: Uppagus + update

My poem Papa has been published online by Uppagus :-) Timons Esaias, a good friend, also has a poem in the issue.... One month into 2015, I have completed ten new poems and revised fourteen older poems.

10 January 2015: Star*Line (and again)

... my poem "On Reading Fantasy" has also been accepted by Star*Line.

9 January 2015: Star*Line (again)

I am happy to report that my poem "Old Astronauts" has been accepted by Star*Line.

7 January 2015: Star*Line

Four of my poems are in the latest Star*Line, issue #38.1. Three of the four ("The Ride," "Demon Eclipse - Children's Chant," and "Moon Swan") belong to The Sign of the Dragon, and "The Ride" is a personal favorite of mine. The fourth poem ( Reasons Not to Bother a Dragon) is an editor's choice poem, and so may be read online.

31 December 2014: New Yinzer + Year-End Tally

My poems "Kitchen" and "Ask Me Now" have both been accepted by The New Yinzer :-) This brings me up to 46 acceptances for the year, plus 33 publications, and 109 new poems written. My most productive writing year in a long time (and the most fun).... Happy New Year!

29 December 2014: Red Rock Review

My poems "Army" and "O Cat!" have been accepted by Red Rock Review :-)

24 December 2014: Star*Line

My poem "After" has been accepted by Star*Line :-) This is the twenty-second poem from "The Sign of the Dragon" to be accepted. F.J. Bergmann is a swift, friendly, all-around excellent editor to work with. Though I might be biased, since this is the tenth poem she has accepted from me in the past sixteen months....

18 December 2014: Concho River Review

My poem "Television" has been accepted by the Concho River Review :-)

16 December 2014: Ideomancer + Main Street Rag

My poem "The Matter of the Horses" has been published by Ideomancer :-) This is the tenth poem from The Sign of the Dragon to be published.... And my poem "Tiny Tower" has been accepted by Main Street Rag.

12 December 2014: Rhysling Award

My poem "Interregnum" won the 2014 Rhysling Award for Best Long Poem :-) :-) :-) "Interregnum" is the opening poem in The Sign of the Dragon, and first appeared in Star*Line. There's a video of me reading the poem.

5 December 2014: Orion

Hooray for the successful liftoff of Orion :-)

29 November 2014: Star*Line

My poem "Cure" has been accepted by Star*Line. The editor, F.J. Bergmann, proposed a revision that I love, so the poem that she accepted is better than the poem I originally submitted :-) This is the twenty-first poem from "The Sign of the Dragon" to be accepted.

28 November 2014: Red Rock Review

My poem "Succession" has been published in the Red Rock Review :-) "Succession" is the ninth poem in The Sign of the Dragon to be published.

21 November 2014: Ship of Fools

My poem "Night" has been accepted by Ship of Fools. This will be my 21st poem in Ship of Fools. "Night" is the twentieth poem from "The Sign of the Dragon" to be accepted, and another personal favorite of mine. It's one of the darker poems and has no fantasy element beyond being set in an invented milieu.

13 November 2014: Dreams & Nightmares

My poem "Dragon" has been accepted by Dreams & Nightmares :-) This is the nineteenth poem from "The Sign of the Dragon" to be accepted, and a personal favorite of mine.

I continue to work hard on The Sign of the Dragon. This week I have added three new poems and revised eight existing ones. I am working my way through the sequence, and am now close to the end of the first war. A year ago, there were a grand total of three poems concerning this war, but I have been adding to it since the end of July, and there are now 22 poems dealing with the war and its aftermath.

7 November 2014: Free State Review

My poem "Hair" has been accepted by Free State Review :-) This has been a good week for me! As well as the acceptances, I have written four new poems and revised five older ones.

6 November 2014: Ideomancer + Iodine Poetry Journal

My poem "The Matter of the Horses" has been accepted by Ideomancer :-) :-) This is the eighteenth poem from "The Sign of the Dragon" to be accepted. I wrote this poem relatively recently, at the end of August, but it is set early on in the sequence, eight months into Xau's reign.

My poem "Uncle Pat" has been accepted by Iodine Poetry Journal, my ninth poem to find a home there :-)

5 November 2014: Uppagus + Rhysling + update

My poem "Perfect" (a poem about Lucy) has been accepted by Uppagus for their 12th issue, due out in June 2015 :-) Also my poem "Interregnum," first published in Star*Line, has been reprinted in The 2014 Rhysling Anthology :-)

So far this year I have written 92 new poems, and revised or retired many others. I am currently working my way through "The Sign of the Dragon", adding new poems and revising existing poems as I go.

3 November 2014: Cold Mountain Review

My poem "On Reading Materials" has been accepted by Cold Mountain Review :-)

29 October 2014: Read (part of) "The Sign of the Dragon"

Part of "The Sign of the Dragon" is now available online in one handy place. There are only three poems up so far, but fourteen more are in the pipeline. (I will be adding poems six months after they are first published.)

28 October 2014: Main Street Rag

My poems "Houseguest" and "On Reading Packaging" have been published in Main Street Rag, my sixteenth and seventeenth poems to appear there :-)

27 October 2014: Ship of Fools + Star*Line

My poem "Miss Date" has been published in Ship of Fools, my twentieth poem to appear there (!) And my poem "The Hundred Dragons of Sumbral" has been published by Star*Line, my sixth poem to appear there. "The Hundred Dragons of Sumbral" is the eighth poem from "The Sign of the Dragon" to appear, with another nine awaiting publication.

22 October 2014: Mirror Dance

My poem "Training: Horse" has been accepted by Mirror Dance :-) This is the seventeenth poem from "The Sign of the Dragon" to be accepted. It is set early on in the sequence, but was written recently (this summer).

19 October 2014: Star*Line

My poem "Reasons Not to Bother a Dragon" has been accepted by Star*Line :-) (I submitted this poem at the same time as the one accepted earlier this month, but the editor requested a rewrite.)

9 October 2014: Star*Line

My poem "Moon Swan" has been accepted by Star*Line :-) This is a good time to mention what a superb job F.J. Bergmann, the editor of Star*Line, does at consistently replying quickly. The poem is the sixteenth piece from "The Sign of the Dragon" to be accepted, and also the most recently written one to be accepted. (I wrote it in September.)

6 October 2014: Dreams & Nightmares plus Louisiana Literature

A good day: my poem "Demon Stain" appeared in Dreams & Nightmares (issue #99), and two of my poems -- "What Matters" and "Roasted Herbed Leg of Lamb" -- appeared in Louisiana Literature (Volume 31, number 2) :-) :-)

N.B. "Demon Stain" is the seventh poem from "The Sign of the Dragon" to be published.

2 October 2014: Uppagus

My poem What Xau Remembered has been published online by Uppagus :-) This is the sixth poem from The Sign of the Dragon to be published, and another nine have been accepted.

29 September 2014: Westview + Update

Three of my poems have been published in the latest issue of Westview :-) The poems are titled "She and Me," "Not Enough," and "Breaking."

Looking back on the first three-quarters of the year, I see that I have written 75 new poems. I also retired 46 poems, most of them older work, plus I revised a large number of older poems.

22 September 2014: Mobius

My poem "Builder" has been accepted by Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, a speedy 1-day acceptance. This is in contrast to certain other publications into which poems disappear as if into a black hole. At the weekend, I finally got around to withdrawing work from two magazines that had been considering my poems for over three years. Yes, three years. Since both submissions were made online, I was able to check the submission manager to verify that the poems were still theoretically under consideration. (On the plus side, at least the submission manager made it easy to withdraw the poems.)

13 September 2014: Uppagus

My poems "Papa" and "Cans" have both been accepted by Uppagus :-) Both of the poems are about my father.

Earlier this week I spent a whole morning changing a name in my poetry sequence. In July, I introduced a character called Sun into the story. Last week I finally admitted that it was a poor choice of name, since it can be confused both with the sun in the sky and (when read aloud) with the word son. This was a wrench, since I like the name and felt it suited the character. So I spent two hours considering other possible names, and then another hour or two making the change (Sun was named in nine poems by then). Hey ho.

3 September 2014: Star*Line

My poem "Demon Eclipse - Children's Chant" has been accepted by Star*Line in a swift two days :-) This is the fifteenth poem in The Sign of the Dragon to be accepted. I revised the poem just before submitting it, and am now very glad that I did so. (Today I wrote a new poem, then spent hours upon hours trying to get it right. Sometimes I feel decidedly lacking in skill.)

1 September 2014: Ideomancer

My poem "The Horse Lord" has been published by Ideomancer :-) This is the fifth poem to be published from The Sign of the Dragon.

26 August 2014: Retirement

Today I retired twenty poems, which was a disheartening experience. It is demoralizing to condemn poems that I once believed in, but it is necessary work. Onward.

24 August 2014: Dreams & Nightmares

I am happy to report that my poem "Demon Stain" has been accepted by Dreams & Nightmares. The poem is part of "The Sign of the Dragon"

22 August 2014: Update

On the writing front, little to report. I wrote quite a bit in July, but have been in vacation-mode for the past few weeks. My sister-in-law and her family visited us for the first time in 16 years -- long overdue -- and after nine days with us in Pittsburgh, we all went down to Orlando for a week of theme parks, swimming pools, and sunshine (with occasional thunderstorms).

2 August 2014: Uppagus + Update

My poem Seventy Miles has been published in Uppagus, my second appearance there :-)

Despite Lucy and William being on their long summer break, I didn't stop writing after all. In July, I completed ten more poems in "The Sign of the Dragon", bringing me to 62 poems written so far this year.

27 July 2014: Dreams & Nightmares; Confluence

My poem "A Gift" has been accepted by Dreams & Nightmares. "A Gift" is part of "The Sign of the Dragon", and is a personal favorite of mine, despite being one of the quieter poems. So I am happy :-)

I received the acceptance while I was at Confluence, the annual Pittsburgh speculative fiction conference, where I also got to read from "The Sign of the Dragon" for the first time :-)

21 July 2014: Ship of Fools + Tales of the Talisman

My poem "Miss Date" has been accepted by Ship of Fools :-) I think it was accepted about ten days ago, but I only found it yesterday evening when we returned from a family vacation. "Miss Date" is a short poem about the teacher that I had when I was nine years old.... Also today, I received payment for the two poems recently accepted by Tales of the Talisman.

18 July 2014: Tales of the Talisman

My poems "Demon Fire" and "Daybreak" have been accepted by Tales of the Talisman. Both poems belong to The Sign of the Dragon sequence :-)

8 July 2014: Green Hills Literary Lantern

My poem "Yours" has been published in the Green Hills Literary Lantern, my second appearance there.

6 July 2014: Ideomancer

My poem "The Horse Lord" has been accepted by Ideomancer :-) I am particularly pleased as "The Horse Lord" is a pivotal poem in my sequence The Sign of the Dragon.

27 June 2014: Ship of Fools

My poems "Phyllis" and "Peripatetic" have just been published in Ship of Fools #70 :-)

26 June 2014: Update

I have completed my target of 52 new poems written in 2014 :-) William and Lucy are enjoying their summer vacation, and I am spending less time writing and more time reading.... I have finished seven books so far in June, four of which I loved ("My Dear I Wanted to Tell You" by Louisa Young, "Ancillary Justice" by Ann Leckie, "The Crossing" by Cormac McCarthy, and "The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party" by Alexander McCall Smith).

3 June 2014: Apex Magazine

My poem "Brighid" has been published online in Apex Magazine, Issue 61, June 2014 :-) "Brighid" is the fourth poem to be published from my high fantasy sequence The Sign of the Dragon.

30 May 2014: RHINO + Update

My poem "Words" has been accepted by RHINO :-) This will be my first appearance in RHINO.

I have written 44 poems so far in 2014, but I am expecting to slow down greatly during Lucy and William's imminent summer break.

23 May 2014: Concho River Review

My poem "Africa" has been published by Concho River Review, my fifth appearance there :-)

22 May 2014: Red Rock Review

My poem "Succession" has been accepted by the Red Rock Review, which has previously published 3 of my poems :-) "Succession" is the second poem in The Sign of the Dragon.

18 May 2014: The Sign of the Dragon

I now have a website, www.thesignofthedragon.com, for the high fantasy poetry sequence that I'm writing. I have titled the sequence "The Sign of the Dragon," in tribute to At the Sign of the Dragon, the lovely SF/fantasy/detective bookshop I went to when I was growing up.

17 May 2014: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

My poem "Janet" is in today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

16 May 2014: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

My poem "Janet" will be in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The poem is about my friend Janet Eames, who died in January.

9 May 2014: Evansville Review + Update

My poems "Pan-Roasted Lobster with Bay Leaf" and "Cristina" have appeared in the Evansville Review, Volume XXIV :-) Both are from earlier poetry sequences of mine, the first a short sequence about cooking with Lucy, the second about a fictitious book club.

I have now written 39 poems so far this year, 38 of them part of the current fantasy sequence.

29 April 2014 (later): Star*Line again

My poem "The Hundred Dragons of Sumbral" has been accepted by by Star*Line :-) The poem is part of the fantasy sequence. I've now had three poems from the sequence published, and have five more awaiting publication. Happiness :-)

29 April 2014: Apex Magazine + Star*Line

My poem "Brighid" has been accepted by Apex Magazine :-) "Brighid" belongs to my fantasy sequence, and is closely related to my poem "Numbers" .... which has just been published in Star*Line 37.2 :-) (I received my contributor's copy today.)

This has been a good few days for me! But don't get the impression that I only receive good news. In the past week, I've also had rejections from Poet Lore and Whiskey Island. And even when a magazine accepts a poem, they usually reject others at the same time, e.g. Apex Magazine rejected four other poems when they accepted "Brighid."

27 April 2014: Star*Line

My poem "The Ride" has been accepted by Star*Line :-) I submitted the poem earlier in April, and F.J. Bergmann said she would be open to seeing a rewrite. Very happily, she then accepted the rewrite. (N.B. I have found F.J. Bergmann to be a lovely editor to work with -- fast, friendly, helpful.) This poem is part of my fantasy sequence.

26 April 2014: Atlanta Review

My poem "Giants" has just been published in the Atlanta Review :-) This is my fourth appearance there. The poem is a relatively recent one, written a year ago, and (which is a rare but happy event for me) accepted on its first time out. It is about my parents.

24 April 2014: Rune

My poem "Bookshelves" has just been published in the print edition of Rune, and my poem "Tutor" has just been published online as one of Rune's web exclusives :-) ("Tutor" is another of the poems in my fantasy sequence.)

19 April 2014: Uppagus

My poems "Seventy Miles" and "What Xau Remembered" have been accepted by Uppagus :-) I also have a poem in their current issue.... "What Xau Remembered" belongs to the fantasy sequence, so I am especially pleased that it will be published, and "Seventy Miles" is about my father.

15 April 2014: Red Rock Review

I received contributor copies of The Red Rock Review containing my poem "Odd Birds." :-) I wrote the first draft of this poem all the way back in 2002, but revised it much more recently.

2 April 2014: Uppagus

This is turning into an excellent week. My poem "LAST FOUR DAYS!" is in the current issue of Uppagus.

1 April 2014: Magazine of Speculative Poetry + Update

My poems "Mathematical Terms" and "Her Thousand Faces" have both been accepted by the Magazine of Speculative Poetry, bringing me up to four poems in their inventory. Hooray! "Her Thousand Faces" is another poem in the fantasy sequence, but deals with different characters than the other poems published/accepted so far.

I have written 23 poems so far this year; all but one belong to the fantasy sequence, though quite a few of them have no fantastical component.

31 March 2014: Rune

I have had two poems accepted by Rune, one titled "Bookshelves" for the print version, and one titled "Tutor" for the online version. "Tutor" belongs to the sequence of fantasy poems that I've been working on, though this particular poem doesn't contain any overt fantasy element.

26 March 2014: Dreams & Nightmares

My poem "The Bastard Prince" has been published in Dreams & Nightmares #97 :-) I wrote the poem at the end of last May, the first in my spate of fantasy poems. (Though it didn't end up fitting in the same fantasy world to which most of the poems belong.)

3 March 2014: Star*Line

My poem "Numbers" has been accepted by Star*Line :-) The poem belongs to the fantasy sequence that I've been working on for a while now. I wrote it in January, and Star*Line was the first place to which I sent it. Although it is one of the most recently written poems in the sequence, it takes place halfway through the current story line.

13 February 2014: Rhysling nomination

I was very happy to discover that my poem "Interregnum" has been nominated for the Rhysling Award :-) The poem was first published in Star*Line 36.4 in October 2013.

4 February 2014: Magazine of Speculative Poetry + Update

My poem "Footnotes on Gertrude's Genome" has been accepted by the Magazine of Speculative Poetry, so I should have two poems in their next issue. Hooray!

So far, just over a month into 2014, I have written 10 new poems, ranging in length from 12 lines to 276 lines.

29 January 2014: Ship of Fools

My poems "Phyllis" and "Peripatetic" have both been accepted by Ship of Fools, which was warming news on a very cold day here in Pittsburgh.

15 January 2014: Spillway

My poem "Rat" has been published in Spillway.

13 January 2014: Janet Eames + Star*Line

My friend Janet Eames died this morning after a long battle with cancer.

My poem "The Virgin and the Unicorn" has been published in Star*Line.

6 January 2014: Magazine of Speculative Poetry

My poem "Voyager 1" has been accepted by the Magazine of Speculative Poetry, which is a nice way to begin the year (and welcome news on a very cold day here in Pittsburgh). The Magazine of Speculative Poetry has published 7 of my poems, but none since 2003! I am glad to once more have genre poems to submit.

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