Poetry (any form or style) wanted for an anthology on RITUALS. Microfiction, flash, comic strips, stand-up comedy routines will also be considered. Erik La Prade, Austin Alexis and I will be co-editing this third in the series of anthologies from Poets Wear Prada.
Off the top of my head here are some rituals:
Baptism/Christening, Holy Communion, Marriage, Last Rites, Funerals, Mating & Dating Rituals, OCD Behaviour, Holiday Observances, Lighting up after Sex, Watching the Ball Drop on NYD, Sitting Shiva, Bris, Bar/Bat Mitzva, Saying Grace, Walking the Dog, Cleaning the Refrigerator, Spring Cleaning, etc.
Co-Editor Austin Alexis writes:
I'm glad you included what I call unconscious rituals, such as mowing the lawn, "lighting up after sex," etc. "Unconscious rituals" might be a subcategory to mention in the submission call, so that writers get the idea of how broad the definition of ritual is. Also, there are poems that show the rituals of inanimate (or at least non-living) things, such as "Eight O'Clock" by A. E. Housman, which portrays the ritual of a bell striking the hours. We might mention Housman and Dickinson as two poets who use rituals often in their poetry, in very different ways.
The poem should describe the ritual in a unique and interesting way and take the reader there. Consider all the senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste). Let us know how it makes you feel to participate or sit on the sidelines an observe.
Got the idea? Now release it onto the page and send it our way.
Guidelines: Submit up to three poems with a fascinating bio of 35 words or less, not just limited to publication credits, copy/pasted in the body of an e-mail (no attachments, please) to:
Previously published work is ok, as long as authors have retained the copyright, which will be returned to them after publication. Response time will be about three to six months; the expected date of publication is 1-2 years away. Please don't query. When in doubt, send the submission to: roxy533(at)yahoo.com.