Monday, January 9, 2012

A New Poem, to Post or Not to Post?

Actually, I've made the decision already, but it's quite an important thing to think about. If a poem is put on a blog, that counts as being published, unless the blog is a closed one. If a poem is published, it becomes ineligible for many poetry competitions, and some publishers are interested only in unpublished material.

I considered these issues briefly, and the outcome is that I will publish the poem I wrote today, on my blog. The reason I made this decision is that I already have a good idea of what else I wish to do with today's poem, and it won't matter whether or not the poem has been previously published.

I've received some interesting comments on the poem from others which leads me to feel my ideas for it's future are good ideas. I'm not saying it's a fantastic poem, but it is certainly a poem others have connected with in good ways.

I've re-edited the poem since I posted it to the Month of Poetry site, and I feel it's improved because of the editing. So here it is for you to read and comment on - good, bad or indifferent, I'd like to know your thoughts.

Life Screens

TV is a barely heard soundtrack
to my online life -
images seen or missed
voices heard and misheard,
as the world reveals itself
on my PC screen -
my lifeline in the battle
to retain relevance in the face
of ongoing disability.

Facebook has people from childhood
re-met and ‘friended’ many years on.
Triond has articles on everything
one could ever imagine,
there are ways to make money,
spend money. Also online are places
to connect with those who have lived
and learned about the same things,
and sharing adds to the knowledge of us all.


john malone said...

yes. a wonderful paean to the online world; and we are all engaged in a fight to retain relevance

Carolyn Cordon said...

Thank you John. When I was trying to learn about my new chronic illness, the internet was my path to enlightenment.

And since then, I've met so many lovely people who have shared advice and best wishes. Meeting people who are living what I'm living has been a healthy and empowering thing.

Anonymous said...

AHHH! REALLY? It counts as published?!?

I SO needed to know that! I have only posted one of my own poems so far on my blog. I am about to enter contest season here in the states and NEED to know that.

Thank you!

Jen of steponacrack

Anonymous said...


I love the poem! Very timely and PERFECT for a contest.


(nice to SEE you!)

Carolyn Cordon said...

Thanks for popping by Jen, I'm glad to share my knowledge, as I know you've been glad to share yours.