all 3 are some of the longest pieces I’ve ever written. Too long to read at most Open Mics (A Song of Remembrance…clocks in at 4 minutes and 25 seconds).
I’m sending all 3 to a poetry contest held by Phoebe, Journal of Literature and Arts.
The entry fee is $5 and the deadline is tonight 11:59pm Eastern.
Now my chapbook plan is as follows: if Phoebe accepts 1 of the pieces, rights return to me immediately after publication and that 1 poem as well as the other 2 will go in my chapbook, now slated for release later this year! We will see.
Jerry T. Johnson is a Poet and Spoken Word Artist whose poetry has appeared in a variety of literary publications worldwide. Jerry also features at many Spoken Word and Poetry venues in the New York City and Southern Connecticut areas. In addition to his poetry writing, Jerry is co-host at great weather for Media’s Spoken Word Sunday’s at the Parkside Lounge in Manhattan. Jerry lives with his wife Raye in Danbury, Connecticut.
There are 14 days left in this 50 day writing journey. I have produced a lot of material and when to 50 days are over, I plan to put the manuscript on the shelf and just let it sit a spell.
This methodology may put my publication date past Spring. Nonetheless, I must let it sit. It may sit for a week or it may sit for a month but it must sit and I need to forget about it.
When I pick up the manuscript again, I will look at it with fresh eyes. I will cut out word flab, add clarity to vague stanzas, and sprinkle punctuation where necessary.
I could rush to produce a product by end of Spring, but I have learned the necessity of patience in my writing endeavors. I write and let the work sit. After a certain period, I pick it up again, I edit and I let it sit again. This cycle repeats itself until I realize I have run out of editing ideas. At that point I send it to an editor for review or I send it to a publisher, who may edit it once more if they decide to publish it.
Half my journey is done and I am still working on material. I must admit, I have slowed down a little. One poem is proving hard to wrap up. I had to let it sit a moment. Letting work I started sit for a moment without looking at it is a habit I acquired late 2015.
Some poems that I wrote, which were accepted for publication, were written in 15 minutes and subsequent editing was done in an hour. Conversely, other poems, which were accepted by editors for publication, took an entire year. I would start them up and let them sit for weeks. I would look at them, edit them and put them back on the shelf and let them sit some more.
I’m doing that now with one poem. I expect I will pick it up soon, read it and add more lines, cut a few lines and put it on the shelf again. That is the process for certain poems. I usually know when it’s ready for publication. Don’t ask me how I know. There’s just a sense of
completeness I feel prior to sending it off to a publisher.
After I finish this one, there are several subjects I feel I will fly through in 15 minutes or less. I have a list and I can’t wait to get to it.
I expect my next chapbook to be ready late Spring. I have 22 days left to write, compose and draft. After that the editing begins.