Time to update you on my nascent poetry practice:
You'll recall that this past summer I took a big (albeit virtual) leap, and enrolled in an introductory-level online poetry writing class. After writing a new poem every week for my instructor's feedback (and placing my work in the critique "booth" twice for my classmates' responses as well), commenting on my classmates' work, and absorbing our instructor's weekly lectures (and the discussions he launched following each one), I was pleased with my progress.
I've even started submitting a few of my poems. And as of last week, I have also received the first rejections thereof (technically one rejection, covering three poems).
How's that for living the life poetic? (That's for you, Sage Cohen!)
Last week also saw the beginning of my second course (I promoted myself to the post-introductory class). Several of my classmates from last "term" have shown up on the roster, too, which is nice. And we have our same, solid instructor leading us. Which is also a good thing. (Curiously, this seems to be a more international group than the summer one. At least four of the 14 student poets are signing in from locations outside the United States [and someone located in the Midwest comes from another country, too]. I like that diversity.
And here's another positive point to report: I saved $60 by enrolling early, and by virtue of my status as a "returning student."
Already I've written another new poem (and received my instructor's response to it), and submitted something from the summer for group critique. Meantime, I'm now waiting for responses from print and online journals considering my work in three genres! I'll let you know how everything progresses!