I was notified by Jessica Bell, editor par excellence at Vine Leaves Journal, that my contribution, "Hiroshima Shadow" has been nominated for the Pushcart. This is exceedingly rare for me. My poems tend to be taut and finely tuned, but relatively short, and they have trouble competing with more sustained voices. However, I finally paired with an editorial team that deeply appreciates the incisive pangs of emotion I weave into my meticulous brevity.
This is a very special moment for me. "Hip hip hooray" falls far short of my exuberant gratitude.
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to the Vine Leaves muses!!!
PS: For more on Vine Leaves, please see my previous post.
PPS: "Hiroshima Shadow" is an anti-war poem, which makes this nomination even more special.