. . . in the face of rejection. Yes, the editors of the Times They Were A Changing: Women Remember the Sixties and Seventies anthology rejected my essay “Radical Feminism and Me.” It’s a good opportunity now to workshop the piece, expand it and make it better. This coordinates perfectly with a project I’m just finishing in collaboration with Gary Carnivele. He has transferred from old VHS cassette to DVD my 1975 documentary, LIVES: 1, 2, 3, 4.
What was then called “self-referential” film and is now considered “reality” television, my household lived with a video camera for six weeks and filmed what was happening, which happened to be a lot. (The issues my documentary raises are still relevant 38 years later—child custody after divorce, creativity in its myriad forms, the meaning of women’s history in the present, and intimate relationships, including real fights and real sex.) Stay tuned for more on that.
To balance the literary rejection letter, how about the following?
My poem “Refrain” was accepted for publication in Stephen Kessler’s Redwood Coast Review, April 2013 issue. My book Poetry, Politics and Passion is now available in Kindle format at amazon.com for a mere $5.99. Two new video clips are posted on my website: a half hour interview with me on “WriterSpeak” produced at the Community Media Center by Moonking People Productions; and me giving an intimate reading of my essay, “A Face of Ecstasy.” Yes, it feels like Spring is bustin’ out all over!