The Laurentian Magazine staff had our first official meeting today, and we’re SO excited about all the students who have joined us! Personally, I’m thrilled to be the new senior poetry editor, and I can’t wait to start reading submissions. So that brings me to my next point–
We want your submissions.
Picture a classic “I Want You” army poster with Dr. Barber’s head on it. If I were any good at photo editing I’d do it myself, but I trust the creative imaginations of my readers. The deadline is October 5th, and there is a convenient little submissions tab on this very blog! If Jack Kerouac wrote On the Road in a month, you can write a short narrative or poem. I know you’ve got in in ya.
Finally, a little creative inspiration. A friend recently introduced me to The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, the mission of which “is to harpoon, bag and tag wild sorrows then release them back into the subconscious.” Here’s an example that’s common among writers, myself included:
n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.”
All of the definitions are beautiful, and it’s definitely worth a read. Also, you can tell everyone you’ve been reading a dictionary, even if it is made-up.