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In Search of Legitimacy...Just a Little

I just recently submitted four poems to three literary magazines:  The New Yorker, The Threepenny Review, and the Poetry Magazine. Now, for those of you who haven't had some kind of contact with my blog before, I have self-published two books of poetry. I have written poetry for many years now, and I only just found self-publishing sites like Self-publishing is something that anyone can do. There is no buffer between the author and printing press; there isn't another human face bent over your work, critiquing every line and punctuation mark. 

That being said, I still have faith in my work. After all, it has been growing and maturing just as I have over the years, getting a little bit better the more I practice with it. But, it would be nice to have that buffer, to have that someone finish looking over my work and say, "This is good. It's ready for the presses!" So, in a self-serving hope for some kind of acknowledgement (crosses fingers), I felt the need to go out into the world of the literary beast, where rejection falls all too often upon the shoulders of everyday writers. If I want to write in that community, I must first be accepted into that same community. Therefore, off go my poems for critique. 

I believe in myself. You should know that first and foremost. Of course, a lot of good writing talent is out there submitting to literary magazines, and there is a very good chance that my poetry won't be as good as those. One very good reason I believe this, I don't have as much specific education into the art of poetry as many of these people do. I’m not going to let that get me down though. After all, I write to express myself, not to get into Literary Magazines or Journals. It would just be a welcome e-mail to receive, letting me know that I am now considered (even if conditionally) into the Academic Poetry Community, which, of course, equals, “LEGITIMACY," shouts Jacob to the Heavens.

Until next time my blogging friends!

Jacob Donley

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