Feeling the growing pains of poetic evolution leads me to ideas of regional focus. I think the question comes naturally, especially for one so keyed in on geography.
Am I a NW writer? I don’t know that answer. I know, however, that the answer if of great importance.
Last night I received an out of the blue email from the kind editors at Cirque magazine from Anchorage, Alaska. They were writing to tell me they wanted to publish my poem, “The Confession of a Knot” in their winter issue. This is a piece from an old series which I recently described to a friend as my most evolved Michael Stipe worship. Their publication focuses on Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, a region which I am a happy, lifelong resident and explorer.
First and foremost, I am honored. Cirque is a lovely magazine, one I am happy to say is still dealing a print issue. My poem between those covers brings me terrific pride.