I think you can tell a lot about the quality of a magazine that rejects you. Multiple times. You can also tell a lot about a magazine that publishes works from writers who have tales of multiple rejections from the same magazine. Who persevere beyond the rejection, who become better because of the rejection – because there is something (and I don’t know what it is, but it is something) in wanting your work showcased between the covers of a magazine that rejects you. In my case, the magic number was four. It took four rejections, but I am finally able to say that I have poems in The Stinging Fly. Not only that, but my poems make up the feature in the Spring Issue. I am thrilled. I am absolutely thrilled. This is a very special day to me, in my writing life. A very special day.
Here are two pictures of me holding the magazine. Look at the dimple dents in my face. Again – a very special day in my writing life. Just one of the best.
Saturday was a day well spent, by all acounts. I've my first collection of poetry coming out with Doire Press in March. The collection will be called 'Keeping Bees" and there will be poems in it about onions, boxes, and peaches, as well as horses, figs, and bees. As for Saturday, it was spent covered in polka dots in the lovely company of Aidan Murphy and his camera, taking photos for the book. One of them will end up as my bio shot...while the rest are a lovely record of the day. There was much fun, and two - TWO - bowls of chicken wings had. For my taste, tis is a nice way for any given Saturday to go down.
Dimitra Xidous's debut collection 'Keeping Bees" is available now from Doire Press.