Just got word that Every Day Poets has accepted my poem "Leaf Peepers" for publication (after asking for a needed revision). Will post here when the publication date becomes known.
This is my second poetry sale (the first was "Dead Things" in Ghostlight magazine), so I can safely say I've branched out. I know there may not be much crossover for fiction readers and poetry readers, but writing poetry well is great training for a fiction writer, where every word must mean something, and fit into the whole.
It's a shame that more people don't read good poetry, for at it's best, it expands the mind. Some combination of words to conjure a picture, a feeling, a mini-story.
There's a few poems I can still recite, and others I know parts of. "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll is an old favorite I got to share with my daughter when she discovered it in school. "Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allen Poe was one of my father's favorites, and I love it as well.
(As a big Poe fan, I'm thrilled that my other daughter just got a 98 in Honors English on her Poe project. I told her she'd made an old writer happy!)
Do you have any favorites?