I’m honored that my first poem ever to be published — “In the Flat Field” — is in The High Desert Journal. Based in Bend, Oregon, it’s a fabulous regional publication that showcases writing rooted in the Interior West of North America.
But I’ve been laughing as much as gloating. You see, this very first poem of mine to be published is about cows.
Yes, cows. I’ve launched myself into poetic publication with a bovine poem.
I wonder: would it have been better to begin with love? Angst? Flowers? Will cow poetry become a new genre? Will I ever overcome this initial branding?
Or publish another poem?
Stay tuned, but meanwhile mosey on over to read “In the Flat Field” online and explore other offerings in The High Desert Journal.
UPDATE: The High Desert Journal no longer archives online publications (kind of odd, I think), so this poem is no longer online. I do have a poem published in a print issue of The High Desert Journal, which also mentions cows, so I guess I can still claim my poetry career began with both that journal and cows.