Thursday, June 10, 2010


Happy Poetry Friday! Kelly Polark has Round Up.

So what's up in my poetic life?

I'm sorry to say I've been a bit of a slacker in the submission department. In the past month I think I've only submitted to two journals and one contest. MUST DO BETTER.

I did, however, speak earlier this week to middle schoolers at Red Mountain Writing Project about writing poetry. And this weekend I am on the faculty at Southern Christian Writers Conference, where one of my sessions is also on the topic.

AND (this is big): I registered for Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference, where I will meet real live poetry editors from such esteemed presses as Graywolf and work super-hard to improve my current manuscript.

What's it called, you ask?

Well. I should say right away that I am completely enamored of this title. So if you don't like it, don't tell me. Yet.


And for Poetry Friday, here is an excerpt from a poem that appears in the collection and is titled "True Things Learned from Cats:"

"Remember: the bag cannot
hold. Everything looks grey
in the dark. Warmth is more
lasting than softness.

And nine lives
will never be enough."

- Irene Latham

Cat art found here.


  1. Nope. Nine lives WILL never be enough!!!

  2. Love the last line of your poem, and, yes, the title for your new MS rocks. Is it a novel in verse?

  3. I, too, love the title of that ms. Your summer poetry plans sound ambitious and excellent! Good luck with them!

  4. The Southern Christian Writers Conference was fantastic! I found out about the conference from this blog. It was an invaluable experience that I want to repeat next year. I always learn so much from your poetry workshops. I can't wait to read Leaving Gee's Bend and I'm already into What Came Before. Wonderful poems... I'm going slow because I want to reread each one for deeper meaning; the mark of a great poem, I think!

  5. I love the title!! Good luck with your submissions. I haven't submitted poetry in over a year as I've been working on my middle grade. I miss it!

  6. Irene,

    I wish you luck with your mss. at Colrain, MA. And congrats for being on the Faculty of the Southern Christian Writers Conference.

    Sounds like you keep very busy!

    Laura Evans


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