firstline.com/) that provides an opening line, and all the stories in that issue will branch off from that shared opener. (Right: The First Line logo) Other publications (like 3 Elements Review or Eclectica’s Word Challenge) (http://3elementsreview.com/submit) provide a list of unrelated words that must be used in the work.
Long story short, it cannot be done. It is just a matter of time before worlds collide and things fall apart. In my youthful ignorance, perhaps I thought otherwise – or more likely, I did not think it through at all. At any rate, I performed original music at coffeehouses back then, and after one performance, a woman came up to me and asked if I had any plans for breakfast the next day. I admired the clever way she caught my interest, and that soon became a memorable breakfast story. So now I had my rough source material – my task was to access the emotional confusion of that time, pondering whether or not to pursue that relationship further (hence, the second breakfast).
That promise was optimistic. On November 8th, I actually heard back from Annie Rutherford in an email that said the following: Dear Gary, Many thanks again for your submission to Far Off Places (https://www.
FarOffPlaces/) and apologies for the horribly slow response - the last few months were considerably more hectic than we could have anticipated.
It was disheartening, but it forced me to reassess the poem. I removed parts of lines that seemed trite or clichéd, and grouped the stanzas differently until I got to where it seemed stronger. I now had to find a new home for it, but I was keeping the title. (For those interested, take a look at my notes on an earlier version of the poem.)
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Margo Berdeshevksy’s “12-24”
Alexis Rhone Fancher’s “82 Miles From the Beach, We Order The Lobster At Clear Lake Café”