For publication reasons I am withdrawing my poem, “The Kiss” from AWC.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the world of publishing, there are some publication entities that are very strict about what constitutes “published.”
Some of the publishers I am shopping “The Kiss” to have a zero preexisting publication policy – that includes personal author websites like ArmedWithCoffee.
You know my feelings about, “The Kiss.” It’s not my first poem, nor my last, possibly not even my best, but it is my favorite poem and the favorite of my readers. It causes me real pain to withdraw it, even temporarily, and possibly excluded from AWC altogether if chosen for publication.
If “The Kiss” is published, I will have to abide by the rules of the publication house about online display.
I consider the withdrawal a short-term sacrifice for the potential of a long-term goal. My seeing “The Kiss” published is more important to me than being able to display it on my website.
As always, whether I succeed or fail, I will update you on my endeavors. If the poem is rejected, “The Kiss” will go back on AWC immediately.
Truly, thank you all for your support of my work. Keep your fingers crossed for me and for “The Kiss.”