Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Call for Garden Poems

They say that you always give other people the advice that you need to hear. In the spirit of that, I am posting this press release (which I found on Poetic Asides) that calls for poems about gardening. I plan on submitting something later this week, and I hope you will, too, if you are so inclined. It could help with the cabin fever.

Open Call for Submissions

Horticulture, the oldest and most respected magazine for avid gardeners in North America, is pleased to announce the addition of poetry to its editorial features. Cave Canem fellow (and fellow gardener) Michelle Courtney Berry's "What I Learned in the Garden" has been chosen as the debut poem, to appear in the April 2009 issue and online at

"For over 100 years, Horticulture has been dedicated to celebrating the passion of avid, influential gardeners, and there is an even longer history of poetry inspired by flowers and gardens -- from William Blake to Louise Gl├╝ck, and so many great poets between them," explained publisher and editorial director, Guy LeCharles Gonzalez. "Adding garden verse to our editorial mix is simply another way to celebrate and encourage a real passion for gardening."

Horticulture is accepting submissions on a rolling basis, and is seeking poetry about, related to, or in honor of gardeners and gardening: traditional forms and free verse, the meditative lyric and the "light" or comic poem, the work of the famous and the work of the unknown. Our one limitation is length; we are unable to publish very long poems, and our limit is 42 lines.

Submissions should be sent as an email attachment (.DOC or .RTF only) per the guidelines posted at
For more information on Horticulture, visit


  1. I've been considering keeping what I write to myself and just willing it to my daughter to do with as she pleases. The whole "look what I did, look what people are saying about me", of which I am as guilty as anyone else, is seeming shallow to me. I'm not saying that people who engage in it are shallow. I'm just saying I'm feeling shallow about it.

  2. Well, that was good enough for Emily Dickinson! Me, I feel like putting work out in the world is a necessary part of the process. Muriel Rukeyser called it "offering, not submitting." I do believe that much of art and writing is meant to be shared - but there are many ways to do that. And there are certain things I write that are just for me. Pat Schneider says that the goal of the writer shouldn't be publication per se, but the sense of satisfaction and accomplishment in your own work.