September 11, 2008

Submersed? Submerged?

What is the difference between these two words? Which describes a petal beneath a fountain? My, that's pretty.

I accepted another rejection letter from The Missouri Review. Green marker "Please try us again." They could have at least used red. Let's be honest. Stick to the facts. There's nothing hopeful, life-giving, or recyclable about a rejection notice. But I'll add it to the pile; a proud pile.

Meanwhile, I keep writing. I came up with a killer title, so I'm working on putting a story after it. Learning about submers[g]ing and entomologists. Researching how to go about getting a novel published, for when the time comes. I'm also listening to very much David Bowie...also for when the time comes.

Let me share this "Eight Line Poem" by Mr. Jones:

Tactful cactus by your window
Surveys the prairie of your room,
Mobile spins to its collision,
Clara puts her head between her paws.
They've opened shops down on the west side,
Will all the cacti find a home?
But the key to the city
Is in the sun that pins the branches to the sky.

The song reminds me of the Econ/Tony cactus persuasion. And also of the animated Peter Pan. "Clara," I assume, is a dog with more than usual personality.


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