Three Poems at Yellow Chair Review

Yellow Chair Review’s new issue is up, with three of my poems included. Read, “Coyote,” “Cleaving,” and “Timothy” by clicking right here.

Also, please read an excellent little piece that just embodies the art of saying it between the lines by checking out “Reel Mower” by Timothy DeLizza. I had just moved this poem into the “Yes” folder for Word Fountain’s winter issue when Timothy contacted me to let me know that it was already snatched up by Yellow Chair Review! So now I guess I can’t complain. It’s good to be in great company!

Check out the whole issue of Yellow Chair Review here.

25 Replies to “Three Poems at Yellow Chair Review”

    1. I am truly glad you were not literally struck by “Cleaving!” Thank you, Sue. That poem started as a fun experiment with a contranym. I love words that have opposite meanings depending on how you use them.


    1. That’s a good question. Honestly, for me, print is the ultimate. San Pedro River Review felt really good to get into. As did T(OUR), although they went on Hiatus after that. And there is a local Susquehanna publicationt that I am dying to see come out in the hopefully not-too-distant future. I am guessing funds for that publicaton are a continued issue.
      I am a librarian, after all, so of course I love books, and I will be insanely happy once one of my three chapbooks gets printed by someone.

      However, there are more and more quality on-line journals and magazines these days. Narrative is a big one that comes to mind, and Crab Orchard Review will be printing their last magazine soon and going with an all online version. Again, with funding, I can understand. But if you have the quality and the marketing behind you, I imagine that online magazines could grow into very reputable publishers in this age.

      I was proud to be in Contemporary American Voices, even though it’s only online. After all, they have published people like Robert Pinsky and John Gallagher, and other poets I respect.

      My favorite concept though is to have magazines both in print and online. There is no reason that most places, even with a limited budget and small subscriber base, can’t do that (Interestingly, sadly, I’ve heard that few lit mags have a subscription base of more than a thousand people).

      And while self-publishing may be rewarding in some situations, I do not see myself in that place right now, and yes, it’s something of a badge of honor and respect for someone you respect to want to put your work in print, and on paper.

      As for YCR, I had been hearing about them. And they stole a poem or two from WF before we could say yes! 🙂 But I liked some of what I saw there, and I thought that it could be a good place to give a try. So I’m grateful for the publicity and a chance to help build a bio page for the chapbooks as well. I will probably always favor print over screen, but I will probably continue to submit to both if I like what I read there.

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  1. These sure are lovely poems, David. In “Cleaving” and “Timothy,” I especially love how you juxtapose violence and tenderness–this seems like a signature move in your poems. (Now that I think about it, you do this in “Coyote,” too.) Congratulations on their publication!

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    1. I value your compliments so much, Jennifer. Thank you. I did not see that violence-tenderness connection in all three of these pieces until you mentioned it. Thank you for that insight!


    1. Ah, thank you, Sue! I so appreciate those comments. Coyote is the surreal poem of the three. That seems to be a problem I am facing, a certain tension between my realism poems and my bizarre metaphor pieces. The key to “Coyote,” I think, is the line about the cartoon screen. I don’t know if it works as well without knowing something about a certain road runner and some graphically violent cartoons from my childhood.


    2. Holy, shit, yeah, I didn’t know that word was used that way. Yikes! Is that recent, or is that a long term thing? This poem is a few years old, even though it was only just recently (finally!) published. Originally it didn’t even have that title though, and since I’ve just confessed that I was ignorant of this slang, it wouldn’t have mattered.


    3. I read Ted Conover’s book Coyotes awhile ago and learned it’s meaning there. I had never heard it before and haven’t heard it much since. Coyotes is a great book, btw!!


  2. Congratulations on the publication! I think I liked “Timothy” best of the three–the narrator’s conflict and Timothy’s false bravado resonate (and I’m always drawn to the narrative poems).

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