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Getting poetry published is fulfilling

By Kaitlyn Dahle
On March 26, 2014

Something happened to me last week that made me flip for joy. No, it wasn't money in a card from my grandma, although that was pretty great, too.
The thing that made me so happy was this: In the time that  I've been writing micro-poetry, I have never had one published ... until now.
About a month ago, I was just noodling around on the Internet when I got brave enough to do something I always wanted to do: send poetry to magazines for publication.
I went to the Poets & Writers web site at www.pw.org. It's a great tool if you're a writer and are curious about how and where to try and get your work published.
I searched for many magazines, and submitted my work to seven or eight of them.
Even though I wasn't going to hear from these publications for a while and I didn't think I'd get into them all, I still felt pretty amazing.
I at least tried, and this made me content.
A few weeks later, I received an e-mail from one of the publications, "Visions with Voices."
It was from the editor, and she had written to inform me that I was good enough to be in the spring edition of their magazine.
It's not a big, fancy publication.
In fact, it's published for free online.
I don't get a hard copy.
But it's still a legitimate magazine, and I was able to get one of my poems published.
This means the world to me!
It's just the encouraging push I need to keep trying with other poems.
I also hope this article gives motivation and hope to other writers on campus.
Even if you don't get published, believe it or not, there is satisfaction is attempting to get your work published.
Of course, no one likes to be rejected from anything, but keep trying.
If you feel passionate about your writing and wish to have your work published, someone's bound to notice, even if it takes a long time.
A singer I love to listen to, Zoog Von Rock, said, "Do not make art for attention or money, for that is not the point."
"The important thing is that you are making something and expressing yourself. Please never forget this."
This goes for anything, not just writing or art.
If you'd like to read my poem (and listen to it too, since it is a magazine celebrating the spoken word,) it will be published on March 31 at http://visionswithvoices.com/.


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