Back in the seventies when I was a student in Cologne, I submitted poems to various publications; some were published, and others returned with the usual brief note about the poem(s) not being the right fit for an edition or anthology. I once received a short letter from Zoe Fairbairns when she edited Spare Rib, saying that she liked the economy of my poetry, which gave me a glow – I still have it somewhere.
For many years I wrote poetry because I enjoyed it, filling notebooks, building up a collection of Word documents full of sonnets, haiku, all kinds of poetry that no one saw, except members of my family and friends, who occasionally received them in greetings cards. Single motherhood and work took over and I wrote less and less.
Then I retired, picked up a novel I’d started while I was teaching, and rediscovered the joys of writing, which led to exploring WordPress, other people’s blogs, and websites like this one, with poetry prompts and challenges. I concluded that any response is welcome to the words I spend so much time on. Any criticism, positive or negative, is better than the wall of silence I face if I don’t share my writing.
Kim M. Russell, 16th August 2019
My response to Poets United Moonlight Musings: the Interactive Edition, #1
Magaly welcomes us to a new prompt on the third Friday of every month, in which we can explore writing, reading, books, publishing, and share thoughts on the art, the craft, the magic (and business) of words.
She says that the idea for this first edition was prompted by an exchange on Instagram about an elfchen she had written – and some negative criticism.
Magaly has invited us to write short articles (in 369 words or fewer), which explore negative criticism.