POET ON POETRY: Little House in the Big Thicket

POET ON POETRY: Little House in the Big Thicket: Little House in the Big Thicket A yellow light glowed from the window framed in lace curtains, as smoke snaked from the chimney to the ta...

Little House in the Big Thicket

Little House in the Big Thicket

A yellow light glowed from the window framed in lace
curtains, as smoke snaked from the chimney to the tall pines
surrounding the little house in the thicket. There was only a
quilting frame, two wooden chairs and a Bible in the living
room where Ms. Dickens and Ms. Danell spent their days.

The two old women discussed their husbands, their
children, the weather and the crops, while creating
quilts with hundreds of teeny tiny stiches, piece by piece.
They stitched year in and year out, through wars, thirteen
presidents and women achieving the right to vote.

Quilts from scraps of red and yellow flowers formed
the base, while triangles of small floral prints and solid
colors created the triangle within squares pattern.
Scraps from dresses, shirts, coats and pants made
for husbands and children to wear long ago.

A labor of love, made with gnarled hands that kneaded
dough, rocked babies to sleep and stirred soup pots.
Quilts that now grace the beds and walls of relatives,
who never saw the little house in the Big Thicket, or
the women, who now live only in each teeny tiny stitch.

Placed as  Juried Poet in the Houston Poetry Festival 2011
To be published in Houston Poetry Festival anthology

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Wouldn't It Be Nice? A Poet's Wishlist

I was just thinking about the things that would help poets who want to publish.  Let's start a list.  Please include your requests below.  I know there are some influential people out there who could help cater services to poets.  I'll start with my first request.

1. A listing of journals that print poetry with some guidance as to the type of poetry they print including a few poems. 

Journals tell us to read a few copies before we submit, but it is impossible to read every journal and you can waste a great of deal of money buying journals that are not right for your work. It is such a hit and miss for new poets. You see editors complain that they receive too many submissions that do not fit their journal.  It seems like it would be a win-win for everyone if more of this information was available to poets.  Journals would have the fabulous luxury of receiving more of the best poems for their publication and poets would save scarce money and time. 

I know there are services that will place your poems and Poet's Market gives a little of this information, but it would be nice to get a more detailed guide.

What do you wish for? Maybe, there are some people reading who can grant our wishes!

Do you wish there were more poem starters available in publications for poets?

Would you like to see more ranking and reviews on writing workshops and retreats?

Would like an calendar posted that lists contest deadlines and poetry fesitvals?

What are your greatest poetic wishes?

Bippy Boppity Boo! My the world of poetry shine on you!