Well, I am taking the plunge again!
My good friend and wonderful poet Christopher Soden and I have just launched Rainbow Crow Press.
Fairy Tale Poetry Anthology
Call for submissions
Rainbow Crow Press is currently seeking finely crafted, imaginative poems for an anthology of poetry based on traditional fairy tales. Submit up to 6 poems to RainbowCrowPress@gmail.com with Submission (poet’s last name) as the subject. We will ask for selected poems to be sent to us in an RTF attachment, but we will not be opening attachments during the selection process.
Deadline January 1, 2011.
I was very excited to get our call for submissions listed on Duotrope this morning, and have sent requests for listing to New Pages and Poetry Kit as well. Hopefully, wonderful poetry will be rolling into our inbox soon!
I have always had a strong attachment to fairy tales. I think they speak to something very elemental in us. Over the years I have written 13 or so fairy tale based poems. It seems that quite a few of these turn out to be coming of age poems.
Here is a sample poem, by me...
All day I am enchanted.
clothed in red—
a secret I did not yet
let my mother in on.
Sent on my errand,
guarding the cakes, my goodies,
I am not to speak to strangers.
I am not to speak.
Body held clean and warm
and safe, swaddled in red.
Red for fullness, life—
secrets whispered for a maid,
a woman’s promise.
The forest floor is soft
with leaves, crimson and brown,
year after year of brittle autumn
cradling new life, bed of ferns
uncoiling, tender green.
I must keep my eyes straight—
mustn’t stray, look into the eyes
of hungry wolves in the shadow—
guard my sweetness.
Crunch and give, as I step off the path,
the forest floor is soft.
I have walked this far.
When my fingers find his tangled hair,
there is no cake, no thought
He says, Red.
Suddenly, I am ravenous.
-Anita M. Barnard
published in Illya's Honey
nominated for 2008 Pushcart Prize