March 6th, 2005

in vague outline

Sign, sign everywhere a sign.

I feel asleep at 8:30 p.m., after pork chops and conversation. I awoke at 1:30 a.m., and found myself re-reading "The Great Gatsby", finishing around 4. It's good magazine fiction, as ever. My father served my brother and I a fried egg, toast and bacon, and then we hit the road.

For those who need help with the terms while traveling in rural Arkansas, the term:
"No Jake Brakes" on a city limits sign means "no use of brakes which use hydraulic compression to stop tractor-trailers with a loud noise", while "Replacement Heifers Available" means "here you can buy cows who are already grown up a bit, so that when you send cattle to market, you need not replace them with calves".
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The Beauty College Student

The Fairfield Review publishes in wintry Connecticut, in which an early March publication date deserves the issue name "Winter 2005" in fact as well as in form.

Last year, I submitted "The Beauty College Student" for publication in that on-line poetry journal. Tonight the poem appears in the Winter 2005 issue of the magazine, available on-line. I felt that this poem was a winner when I wrote it. I am pleased to see it published, because it is in the "light, mildly comic free verse" form which is the most fun for me to write as a poet. I sing the body suburbia.

For those who might enjoy a trip back to academia, via Beauty College, the poem may be read on-line at
this location.

I really like Sarah Sloat's "Waterfalls" in this issue, as well, and encourage folks to read the rest of the poets in this magazine. The folks at Fairfield Review run a really professional operation, and also save the world in their day jobs, so it's a fun thing that I got published there.

This energizes me to resume submitting for publication. I'm also eager to help others follow through on the writing project posts elsewhere in this journal. But tonight I am just pleased that someone was kind enough to publish one of mine.