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Good Things Come in Threes (or More)

by Celisa Steele on December 27, 2012

cover of 2012 Emrys JournalThe end of the year is an apt time to look back and be thankful for what’s happened. At the end of this December I’m thankful for some acceptances I received in the second half of this year:

  • The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review published “Keeping Time with the Dead” (which uses the rhyme words from John Donne’s “Holy Sonnet VIII” as its end words, though without concern for the other constraints of a traditional sonnet), and I received my contributor copies at Thanksgiving.
  • Emrys Journal accepted “Emily in Italy in April,” a traditional sonnet in what I hope will some day be a full-fledged sequence of Emily poems. The poem will come out in the 2013 journey-themed issue, and I’m happy to again be associated with Emrys, the wonderful arts foundation that published my first (and only) chapbook, How Language Is Lost.
  • Tar River Poetry accepted “Fear Not the Design of the Angels” and will publish it in 2013. This poem (in no way or shape a sonnet) will be my second appearance in the journal.

Earlier this month, Main Street Rag released The Best of the Fuquay-Varina Reading Series 2012, in which three of my poems appear:

  • “Belated Birthday on Santa Catalina Island”
  • “Enlightenment at the Stoplight”
  • “Purgatory”

Here’s hoping I’ll have more publications to celebrate in 2013.

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