Okay – sorry – no, Poetry Breakfast isn’t accepting submissions. We had our final farewell. However, I now find, not only do I have the freedom to do something new, but that there is something urgent that needs to be done.
I made a deliberate effort to keep “politics” out of Poetry Breakfast. Too much division and hate came flooding into our world when Trump came onto the political scene. I used Poetry Breakfast as a tool to guide us back to what we all had in common, to our humanity and oneness. In hind sight, I suppose the act of doing that was in fact political.
Now, however, I am openly doing something political. I have started PoetsAndArtistsForPete.com. It is an avenue for poets, artists and musicians to share their work in support of Pete Buttigieg.
So, it 4:24 am. I’ve just gotten the new site live online after a mind numbing week of building and designing it. And for what? Why? That guy?
I don’t know where any of you stand politically. I think it’s safe to guess that most of the Poetry Breakfast diners who live here in the United States are Democrats or maybe Independents. And I hope this doesn’t feel like an intrusion.
But my heart is 100% set on Pete for President. I wish I could put into words why. All I can really say is, when I hear him talk about his vision of America, the knot in my stomach goes away and my heart opens again.
After these past years of hate…of a president that cyber bullies a teenage girl because he’s jealous that she’s on the cover of a magazine instead of him, the pettiness — and the terrifying nearly WWIII moments.
I’m a poet. I should have the right words to say why. Why my heart and gut know Pete is the one who will step us into a better future.
But my words fail. So, I’m counting on a few of you to have the words. Well, more than a few of you. And not just words – art and music too. There’s a place for all of it at PoetsAndArtistsForPete.com.
You can find the guidelines and submission form here.
Well, whether or not you like Pete, you’re welcome to stop in now and then and see how the new site is going.
This does feel more like a birth announcement than a call for submissions.
Birth time February 15th, 4:24 am Eastern Standard Time.
Poetry Breakfast just got a little sister, and I have a feeling she might turn out to be a feisty one.
I hope you’re all well and still writing and sending your poems out into the world. Maybe a few of you will take a moment to come visit my new baby.
Best Wishes Always,