Another poem accepted by Boxcar Poetry Review – this one “The Apiary,” my take on Samson and Delilah.
It’s especially heartening for several reasons:
1) I still really love BPR – it’s a kick ass journal publishing kick ass writers.
2) I’m still blown away by the nominations from BPR for Best of the Net and the Pushcart.
3) The editor, in accepting, called my poems “fantastic” and “compelling.” If ever there was a validation for work, that is definitely it.
Also, I was sort of worried that I might never write a successful Samson & Delilah poem, especially after reading Carol Ann Duffy’s, and listening to Regina Spektor’s “Samson.” And then, to top it off, I read Plath’s “The Beekeeper’s Daughter” while working on “The Apiary,” which had me positively convinced for a few hours that I should stop writing entirely because I’ll never have her ear, rhythm, sense of beauty or anything close to her scary talent.
So imagine me smiling now.