The poem -- I'll keep the manuscript title under wraps for now -- is the longest I've ever written. Part book of days, part travelogue, part meditative prayer, it takes place over the course of a year. Broken into four parts, it follow the seasons from one spring to the next.
One of the difficulties of a book-length poem, I've found, is figuring out how to split off pieces of it that can be published in journals -- especially since I worked so hard to tie the sections together with images and phrases that echo from one section to the next, certain characters who appear throughout, and other little touches to help tie it all together.
But along with Connotation Press, I've been able to publish some excerpts in Innisfree Poetry Journal -- "Snow in Early Spring" and "A Prayer" -- and in The Warwick Review in the UK. And "The Light that Lasts All Summer," the second part of the poem, appeared in Nimrod (print edition only) as a finalist for the Pablo Neruda Prize last year. A piece of the poem is also forthcoming in Water~Stone Review, two others will run in Chest, and one very small excerpt will appear in Lilliput Review.
Big thanks to the editors of all of these journals for publishing pieces of this project. It's been very encouraging and exciting for me to have some pieces of this big poem stepping out into the world.