In the literary world, writers – and especially poets – have often found their first publication of new work comes in small-press ‘zines. Well, for the really lucky ones, it might be something Big Time like The New Yorker or The Paris Review or, in its day, Playboy.
Look in the front of a poetry collection, for instance, and you’ll likely find a long list of credits for the editors and publishers who gave the first airing of the pieces.
My Blue Rock poems are no exception. Sometimes a single work appeared and other times two or three or even four or five. These periodicals first published my Blue Rocks: Ambit, Apalachee Review, Black Rose, Brutal Imagination, Castalian Spring, Christ in a Wheelchair, Comrades, Crimson Leer, Deep Cleveland Junkmail Oracle, The Hold, Joey and the Black Boots, Ken*Again, Marymark Press, Miller’s Pond, Mojo Risin’, Not Dead but Dreaming, Opossum Holler Tarot, Pedestal Magazine, Pierian Springs, Plastic Tower, Poems Niedergasse, Portfolio, Rattle, Red Coral, Reuben’s Kincaid, Shampoo, Sheila-Na-Gig, Sometimes City, Talus and Scree, Thunder Sandwich, Tin Lustre Mobile, Way Station, and ZXY. That sequence itself sounds like a poem.
The entire sequence is finally available in a FREE ebook collection at Smashwords.com and other digital book dealers.