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What To Do In The Mean Time: A List of Things to do While You Wait to Hear from Magazines

Waiting sucks. There are plenty of things that we do to distract ourselves once we submit a poem, story, or article. Some of the things I do include the following:  

1. Surfing the interweb. A friend introduced me to the evil blog (evil only because it wastes all my time) called What Should We Call Me



I wouldn't suggest going on that site unless you really really want to spend your whole day looking at hilarious gifs and then copying and pasting those links to your best friend's facebook page. Is it really worth it? Okay, yes it is. Go there.

2. Nothing. Number 1 is enough to keep you busy for the rest of your life. Now go forth and laugh!

20 Reasons to Read "Escapologies"

Here are 20 reasons why you need to pick up a copy of Matthew Burnside's new chapbook "Escapologies" from Red Bird Chapbooks.  Each of these lines is from "Escapologies", which was printed by Red Bird Chapbooks in 2013. images

"in your mouth the stubborn stir of birds" (13).

"you look down at your daughter underfoot flapping her arms with the quickening hope of/hummingbird wings & know she will be clean" (14).

"That tomorrow a blanket of fog that had obscured the torch-tips of/tinny stars above could lift like accidental Baptism to lantern your way / home" (15).

"She's sick of not knowing the question" (16).

"the lonely gears / that grind a man's heart cannot be unwound" (17).

"Making art of his scars he swirls scab frescos" (18).

"The big bad wolf wasn't born that way- it took years of / parental malpractice to make imperfect" (19).

"Now she can't stop feeding her awful appetite" (20).

"Everything is never too late until it is" (21).

"Every muscle was a taut string in a grand piano missing / its white keys" (22).

"…we explored the one billion/ possibilities of bumblebee assassination" (23).

"He is unafraid to die" (24).

"I've never seen anything as sinless as your pale thin/wrists--file under Things I Should Have Told You When I Had You Here / In The Passenger Seat " (25).

"Judas kissed the wrong guy" (26).

"Language is broken" (27).

"We returned to the sacred cows" (28).

"rain eventually swallows everything" (29).

"give me the neon knives of your eyes clean careening, in free flight at/ maximum aperture" (30).

'girl, your Sega Genesis heart is so precious" (31).

"everyone is hungry for / something everyone is full" (33).