Three Poems Please – September Submission

Year end housekeeping–

hanging his own shelf at last,

The carpenter.

        Matsuo Basho – Tr. Sam Hamill

This post is changing focus for a moment from the cursive word to magnetic ones from freewrite mode to submission focus. 

While cleaning some over-stuffed shelves, a whole tin of stockpiled magnetic words was part of the forgotten shelved stash. Even here, poetry fragments remained on the long-darkened interior tin walls of the box. 
If you are like I am, you have volumes of unfinished work.  It’s probably everywhere in electronic and handwritten form.  Handwritten (or otherwise) fragments oftentimes need only to be connected into a greater whole.

Since I’m always on the lookout for contests that have a low submission fee,  the 2016 Princemere Poetry Prize caught my attention as it is free. It offers a $500 prize for up to three poems. The deadline is September 12. It appears to be given annually so you might want to add this to your calendar.  

Below are a few of my magnetic poetry fragments. In the past month, I’ve made about 200 of them. It can be  quite addictive working with those magnetic words again. I am going to expand these fragments into cursive drafts and submit.  

Editing is an exercise in elimination. Scan your cursive work for the strongest fragments and begin editing from there. Please feel free to share your thoughts or info on upcoming contests.  


All works c2016 Taylor Collins 

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About Taylor Collins

Taylor writes in fragments - journals incessantly – the sea a recurring theme. She blogs and works on three writing projects at the moment. She was selected to read a twitter poem, written during National Poetry month, for the “Tell Me More” NPR program in 2011. A day diary was selected for publication in Water Cooler Diaries published in 2008 (De Capo Press). She recently completed a small chapbook, a 12-part poem entitled Flame. Taylor receives “real” rejection letters now – a sure sign her work is being read. She paints and writes in her studio/gallery -- Parke Green Galleries located on the site where the US Constitution was first ratified. She spends time thinking when deep thoughts surface. Taylor leads a rather dry life on the ocean she's tossed about on. Be sure to visit her if you're ever in the state that started our nation. Cheers!

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