I just got word on Saturday that two poems have been accepted for publication in the Loch Raven Review. This is a Baltimore area journal, published somewhere in the vicinity of Loch Raven Reservoir, which is located north of the city. How fitting, given that the two poems to be published-- "The Tire Swing" and "Visiting Day"-- were inspired by scenes in the Baltimore area, albeit south of the city. Both poems are part of my series of poems set in the vicinity U.S. 1 in Howard County. "The Tire Swing" is set on the site of a former trailer park on Gorman Road in the North Laurel and Savage areas. The trailer park is long gone, and now so is the tire swing-- the site was finally cleared to make way for luxury townhouses. The idea for "Visiting Day" came as I bicycled along Brock Bridge Road past the prison. The usual line of people were there at the gate, waiting to go in to visit family members and friends incarcerated there. The young girl sitting cross-legged on the sidewalk, head in hands, watching me as I rode past caught my attention and stayed with me through my ride.
Both poems should appear on the Loch Raven Review's website within two weeks.