Good news! WestWard Quarterly has accepted a freshly minted poem that I call, "Top of the Chart." Published by Laudemont Press, the magazine specializes in poetry, fiction and essays that reflect "a positive outlook on life." Formerly edited by Marsha Ward, it was relaunched in 2003 under the editorship of Shirley Anne Leonard. "We try to present the best work of upbeat writers and poets," she writes.
If you are in need of inspiration (and who isn’t), you will find an impressive preview -- and more -- on WestWard Quarterly’s website [see below]. Be sure and follow the link pointing to Editor Shirley Anne Leonard’s insightful, evocative and reverent poetry.* Among my faves are "My System Isn’t Working" and "Euphony." Latter begins, " Music/in the arms of night/ascending/bending/flowing. . ." Don’t you love the rhythm?
Writer's guidelines, price information and payment policy are readily accessible. In addition to creative offerings, a column called Writer’s Workbench offers helpful hints. Archives are available, I understand.
Should you decide to contact Editor Shirley Anne Leonard, you are in for a treat. Her e-mails have me lit up like a Christmas tree. No, two. [No cracks, please:)]
Incidentally, the publication offers an annual writing contest.
Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate it.
Yr Scribblin’ Sis, da Pea
* Laudemont is a Christian press, but it is my impression that any quality, genuinely upbeat work is welcome, provided it does not secretly beat narrow, overly-guarded or -sermon-skinned drums or clash cymbals brassed together by those terrible (and often disguised) twins, prejudice and hate. I myself am not particularly religious. In the formal sense, at any rate. But I believe strongly in a higher power that if we are willing, stands ready to join and lift us. Make us stronger and more loving! I k n o w I would not have survived without it, nor would I want to face the future bereft of its prodding and beneficence. As I’m sure you know, every major religion of the world began with "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Unfortunately, even religious leaders sometimes deny, forget, or run it 'round the rosemary bush. Too often, political and socio-economic boots attempt to trample it to death. "Revisionism" and other smoke-and-mirrors ploys are commoner than head colds. But then, true and all-encompassing compassion has never been easy. Never will be! The most cursory look at history trumpets the fact. It is unbearable to think how many people suffered and died because they believed in. . .l o v e ?!!
‘End of Sermon.’ ["Semi-muscial rant?"] P:)