Every time this happens I have mixed feelings. I'm thrilled that I'm getting close and obviously it means I am picking the right contests and that my work is beginning to get recognized or at least stand out from others. All of those feelings are good, but they are mixed with the feeling that damn I came so close, why didn't I win. This is part of the life of being a writer and I deal with these feelings normally by submitting more poems to more magazines. Regardless, I am very happy to be named a runner-up by PANK and really look forward to seeing the winning chapbook.
PANK's announcement came in a week of already good poetry news. At the beginning of the week I was notified by Redheaded Stepchild that they want to publish my poem "If you were Jackson Pollock and Jackson Pollock painted nudes." I was thrilled. For those of you who don't know Redheaded Stepchild is an online publication devoted to printing the very best of rejected poems. When you submit you can only submit poems that have been rejected by other magazines and you must provide the list of places that have rejected the work. My Jackson Pollock poem has been rejected by