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Poetry by Sara Fitzpatrick Comito

Month: January, 2012

The poetry clause

Ain’t no money in poetry / That’s what sets the poet free / I’ve had all the freedom I can stand.

That’s the opening refrain of the chorus of Cold Dog Soup by singer Guy Clarke. Yes, all my poet friends can speak to the veracity of the sentiment. So the fortunate of us wordsmiths have a day job. Freedom isn’t free after all. And I wonder: if you’re one of them, do you let your poet flag fly? How many of your co-workers know of your literary proclivities?

I have a pretty easy-going existence as a freelance writer, ghost writing for business coaches, reporting on cultural events and business issues for newspapers, profiling folks in the local law community.

And I also write poetry. Some of it’s dark, weird, and off-color.

And as I think is wise to do, I keep my ear to the ground for potential full-time employment that might suit my skills and (with any luck) passion. People use the Internet to check out potential employees. I wonder what a prospective HR director would think of poetry that parses out dreams of eating one’s laundry, or a less-than-charitable break-up poem?

I would like to know from those who manage to maintain a business existence along with a poetic one: do they necessarily have to be separate? Is there a poetry clause in the shareholder’s agreement?

Mad Rush

Update:Mad Rush is on indefinite hiatus. Check the status at Duotrope
Update: the first issue is available [here].

As the name implies, this new literary magazine is becoming an epicenter of activity. Poet Craig Scott managed to generate a real mystique for the entity before it even was an entity. He received a deluge of submissions for the first issue. So many, in fact, he extended the deadline more than once to accommodate the quality literature flooding his inbox.

It’s easy to understand why. Aside from being a Facebook buzz wizard, Craig’s no fly-by-nighter. Working under his nom de plume, he edits the now-seasoned Ten Pages Press, which publishes 10-page e-chapbooks, and is an accomplished writer himself, whose work I know many of the contributors admire. You can find out more about him by listening to this interview with Vox Poetica’s Annmarie Lockhart, as part of the 15 Minutes of Poetry feature on BlogTalkRadio.

Mad Rush will be published this spring in real-life paper format! Find out more at its web site, including the line-up for the first issue, and the striking front and back cover photography by David Tomaloff and Eleanor Leonne Bennett. I am pleased to be part of the line-up and will post updates with ordering links and other information as they become available.