Pandemic Poem Up in North of Oxford

IMG_1224                 Photo credit: Some of our azaleas in a vase. Taken by me. 6 April 2016.

Weeks ago, while languishing in shelter-in-place tedium, I took my annual notice of our blossoming azaleas and wrote a poem about the way I saw them in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. After a swift rejection from a very distinguished place, a Call for Pandemic Poetry Submissions appeared in poet Stephen Page’s blog, which I follow. Although I was not acquainted with North of Oxford, the journal calling for pandemic poems, the staff appeared to be poets of distinction, and I wanted to at least try to get my poem on the pandemic out there in a timely fashion, so I submitted it.

Today I was informed, without a formal acceptance letter or other folderol, that my poem was up in Pandemic Issue #3Poetry Editor Diane Sahms-Guarnieri wrote: “Due to the large volume of submissions we were not able to respond to individual submissions. We believe these poems have captured the essence of the international pandemic struggle, reflective of everyday life and death and in some cases a glimpse into the future.” I am grateful that Editor Sahms and the other editors at North of Oxford found that “Pandemic Spring, with Azaleas” “captured” some of the “essence” of this experience we are all having, and am honored to be in the company of the poets in issues #1-3, some of whose names I have seen featured with accolades here and there before.

I look forward to reading their work, and I hope you too will check out the Pandemic issues at North of Oxford as we all navigate through this strange time.

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