My First Publication

This actually happened about two years ago, right after I took a writing hiatus.  I was just writing haiku and short poems at the time.  Since I knew nothing about poetry, I’m not sure what spurred my inspiration XD  A poem of mine was published in a poetry magazine,  Three Line Poetry, Issue 37. I write under the pen name Tessa Brant.

first freeze of winter

trees stripped down to twisted claws

sky gray as my heart

It didn’t work well as a haiku because of the metaphor, but I liked it the way it was. Haiku is a reflection of Japan, simple, understated beauty.  My writing tends to be purplish, so I suck at writing haiku XD

One of the cool things about short poetry and haiku is that every word carries so much meaning. I love the simplicity of it, such a stark contrast to the way I typically write. I have a few more short poems I plan to submit to this magazine.  I suppose it’s not much to brag about, but my first publication credit will always have a special place in my heart.

I want to get back to writing short stories. I submitted my short story, “A Crown of Dandelions,” to Glimmer Train awhile ago, and it was not accepted XD  In hindsight, submitting my first short story to one of the most elite literature magazines was a mistake.  Maybe that’s not the right word, but I was definitely aiming too high.  Kind of like expecting an Oscar on your first feature film. It’s a good story, but it needs better editing. Also, it has a sci-fi vibe to it, so I’m not sure literature magazines are the best place for it.  I’ll figure it out eventually. In the meantime I just need to write.

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