Shawn L. Bird

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poem- try December 30, 2014

Filed under: Poetry,Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 1:25 am
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You’ve been published in the Malahat Review?

Oh. That’s great.  Congratulations.

You’ve been published in the Fiddlehead?

Oh. That’s great.  Congratulations.

You’ve been published in the Queen’s Quarterly?

Oh. That’s great.  Congratulations.

You’ve been published in the New Yorker?

Oh. That’s great.  Congratulations.

You’ve been published in the Literary Review?

Oh. That’s great.  Congratulations.

I wish I could say that.

Well, no I’ve never submitted to any of them.



I should because I could?




Message of the moment.  Frequently, the only difference between you and the people who’ve reached the success you aim for is effort and persistence.

and talent.

and luck.



25 Responses to “poem- try”

  1. Twig Says:

    Definitely needed this one… what do I do when I look around and realise I’ve been rooting for everyone but think my own work stinks? If I come here, I’ll always find something to read that helps me shake it off. Thanks…

  2. robert okaji Says:

    Ah, yes. Persistence! Being stubborn helps, too. 🙂

  3. Roy Southil Says:

    In India there is a saying that our dreams will be fulfilled only.

    • will be fulfilled only what?
      Is there more?
      Waiting anxiously for more, or is the idea that not finishing the phrase is like the unfinished effort to achieve dreams?
      That’d be profound.

  4. Karen Fay Says:

    “I should because I could”–I need to remember this. I suspect persistence in areas of being self-supportive is one of my biggest weaknesses. Thanks for the reminder and keep up the good work.

    • We are frequently our own worst critics. How many people are brilliant writers/poets/painters/whatevers who never do anything with this talent for lack of belief. I think this is my biggest role as a high school teacher: to cultivate the knowledge that “I can do it, if I work at it!” Persistence and effort.

  5. narble Says:

    I send to Ploughshares every few months. Their refusals are quite polite and, somehow, remind me of Maxwell Smart: “Missed it by THIS much.” But I’ll keep sending. I also send to The Paris Review and Poetry. What the heck.

  6. atimetoshare Says:

    Great motivating words for the new year. Thanks!

  7. “Do, or do not. There is no try.”-Yoda

  8. mahagaonkarp Says:

    You publish, therefore you are. How dry such a world is? When did poetry become yet another performance frenzy?

  9. And about who you know, unfortunately- that’s in the luck part, I supposed. Let’s all vow to doubt less and persevere. Submit! I don’t know one writer who hasn’t been rejected rejected rejected…

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