Job Done! Sort of.

27 Apr
Poetry is an...

Poetry is an... (Photo credit: liber(the poet);)

Thanks for your patience this past two weeks.  I finished my project and have now caught up with your comments and visited your blogs.

It wasn’t an exciting project; and I say it is finished, but it isn’t properly finished, not like a varnished table, a girl at a posh Swiss school, or a gross of Maltesers.  It will never be properly finished because I will keep adding to it.

It was one of my 101/1001 tasks:

Type up and print out for folder and notebook over 150 poems I’ve written.

It started life as Type up and print out for folder and notebook over 100 poems I’ve written.  Then I wrote some more poems.  Then NaPoWriMo 2012 started…  I lost count around the 204 mark.  I had poems going back to NaPoWriMo 2011 and before, beginning in March of last year.  I didn’t dare leave it any longer.

My reason for doing it is that I want to start properly submitting to poetry competitions, anthologies, magazines and publishers.  I have been rather half-hearted up to now.  It is difficult to enter a poem in a competition when this is what the publisher will receive:

Hi Handsome/Beautiful Publisher! 

Please accept my submission for your competition on the theme, Dragonflies: Myth or Fruit? 

As you can see, there’s nothing attached.  That’s because I know I wrote something on that very subject last August, but I can’t find it scribbled in one of my 47 notebooks so it may not be typed up yet; and if it is, it’s got a title that has nothing to do with the subject matter – possibly along the lines of Kill Me Before I Die – and is hidden amongst the 800 or so poems I have typed up but haven’t put into collections yet and I can’t find it, despite wasting a whole morning on it when I could have been cleaning.* 

Would you mind including me in your comp even though I’ve nothing to show for it except this polite letter and twenty quid with your name on it?


I. Wannabbee-Faymos

*At this point, dear reader, you will know it’s fantasy but the publisher will not.

Sorting over a thousand poems was harder work than I anticipated – even harder than typing them up – because many of them fit into more than one category.  I managed to get it down to thirty-one themed collections.   My hope is that, when I want to submit, if I haven’t written something especially for the theme, it will be easier to find a suitable poem if I can narrow it down to a broad category.

National Poetry Month Display @ Forest Hills

National Poetry Month Display @ Forest Hills (Photo credit: mySAPL)

Here are a few of my collections with their possible titles:

THEME:            TITLE:

Death                  Grief Is An Itchy Scab
Celebrity            The Cult Of Self-Absorption
Forms                 Forms
Religion              Bad Christian
Britain                This Grim, Unpleasant Land
M.E.                    What About M.E.?
Pairs                    Strange Couplings
Poo                      No. 2 Cycle
Haiku                  Seventeen Syllables
South Africa      Get Out Of Africa: An Ex-expat Perspective on South Africa,
……………………..During and After Apartheid

I know what you’re thinking: with titles like that, how can a publisher say no to me, right?

38 Responses to “Job Done! Sort of.”

  1. jmgoyder April 27, 2012 at 11:54 #

    You are AMAZING! I’m going to bed but will check all this out tomorrow Tilly!


    • Tilly Bud April 27, 2012 at 11:55 #

      I like the sentiment but I’m not sure what provoked it 🙂


  2. laurieanichols April 27, 2012 at 12:18 #

    I hope that you feel proud of yourself, that was an ambitious task complete with the mundane and repetitive (typing) and the sometimes very difficult job of categorizing and self-editing. Kudos to you. Publishers should be put on alert, the world of poetry will be taken by storm by our own Tilly Bud! If you every need a publicist, I’ll do it for you and if you ever go on world tour, I can do double duty as your your body guard.


    • Tilly Bud April 27, 2012 at 12:19 #

      I have THE BEST readers in the world! Thanks 🙂


  3. vivinfrance April 27, 2012 at 13:49 #

    Hooray x 2000000. I am so glad you stuck at this, Tilly, and I hope it bears fruit for you. Vx


  4. viveka April 27, 2012 at 14:33 #

    Tilly, you’re some woman you … a woman this passion and mission. Fantastic!


  5. SchmidleysScribbling April 27, 2012 at 15:39 #

    What no limricks? Dianne


  6. Patti April 27, 2012 at 16:28 #

    I like the titles of your collections – there is no doubt a market for all of them.
    And now I am going to be humming “Jerusalem” for the rest of the day – with the wrong words.


  7. Al April 27, 2012 at 16:40 #

    Now Tilly has written some poems
    In hopes of finding them homes
    Her wit intersperses
    Amidst all her verses
    And to boot, the titles are gnomes.


    • Tilly Bud April 29, 2012 at 10:27 #

      Don’t understand this
      But I’ll blow you a kiss
      For the sentiment,
      Kindly meant xx


  8. gigihawaii April 27, 2012 at 17:12 #

    You have such an interesting background; I can only imagine how beautiful your poems are. Good luck with the contests! I hope you win.


    • Tilly Bud April 29, 2012 at 10:29 #

      Thank you 🙂

      To be fair, my poems are anything but beautiful: they tend to deal with the darker side of life, or to poke fun.

      You can check some of them out at my other blog


  9. Kay's Musings April 27, 2012 at 18:46 #

    I’m adding my good luck also. Thanks so much for visiting while I’ve been going nuts with travel and the aftermath.


  10. colonialist April 27, 2012 at 18:53 #

    Impressive breakdown and output! Mine is about ten actual poems – the rest are Really Awful Rhyme.
    You never know: that submission is the sort of outrageous thing which might just appeal to a bored publisher and prompt him/her to ask for more!
    Wow, that title is a bit hard on Britain, isn’t it? I prefer the people in it to the current batch here, in a big way.


    • Tilly Bud April 29, 2012 at 10:32 #

      Title came from a poem I wrote in the first two years of being back here. It was a more difficult adjustment than I had anticipated, though I see now that it was because of circumstances.

      Good point about the titles – might make me stand out from the slush pile 🙂


  11. Pseu April 27, 2012 at 18:54 #

    so, now do you have a list of publications you’d like to be published in? I have a really good handout which you may like. I’ll send you a copy.


    • Tilly Bud April 29, 2012 at 10:32 #

      Yes please! I have no idea where to send them.


      • Pseu April 29, 2012 at 12:55 #

        I will send it on to you by snail mail.


  12. kateshrewsday April 27, 2012 at 21:06 #

    Bet you feel like going:”Ta-da!”
    Well done 🙂 And all the best!


  13. Elaine April 27, 2012 at 22:17 #

    How could any publisher resist you? 🙂


    • Tilly Bud April 29, 2012 at 10:34 #

      My thoughts exactly, especially when I arrive fully armed at their offices…


  14. barb19 April 27, 2012 at 22:38 #

    What a colossal job, sorting through so many of your poems – I applaud your determination on getting it done.


  15. Aspergers Girls April 27, 2012 at 23:37 #

    Love your humor. Congrats on the sorting. 🙂


  16. eof737 April 28, 2012 at 13:03 #

    Interesting titles… all the best Tilly! 😉


  17. Tinman April 29, 2012 at 10:55 #

    I’m so glad you’re going for it Till, best of luck with it.


  18. grannymar April 29, 2012 at 17:03 #

    Way to go, Girl! I wish you all the best for publication.


  19. Perfecting Motherhood May 1, 2012 at 05:29 #

    Congratulations on tackling down this very large project. I almost feel inspired to do the same. I said, almost…


    • Tilly Bud May 1, 2012 at 08:43 #

      Add whatever it is to your 101 list. It worked for me 🙂


  20. sarsm May 1, 2012 at 08:52 #

    Congratulations Tilly!! 😉


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