PLACATING THE GORGON: Inner Workings of the Kitchen

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Here's how Medusa's Kitchen is laid out: 

At the very top of Medusa, you'll find a list of fuschia inner links you can click on for information on publishing and publications, as well as Calliope's Closet for inspiration, and Medusa Mulls for what that cranky old battle-ax has up her sleeve. 

The Daily Diary is the cream-colored box on the left side of the Home page. This is cream because of its color and because every day we feature the Cream of the Crop—all those wonderful poems and art pieces that are sent to us by creators from Northern California and beyond, together with announcements and Today's LittleNip (food for the poetic soul). Send us your eager work and we shall broadcast it to the world.

The Bulletin Board (skinny green and blue boxes on the right side of the blog): the green box has our "housekeeping" announcements and our weekly departments such as the Seed of the Week. The blue box has more general info, such as local publications.
•••Find previous poets that have been posted on MK by going to the yellow search bar, tip-top upper left of the Home page, and type in who you want to find. 
•••Find previous posts by clicking "Older Posts" at the bottom of each day's (cream-colored) post, or click on any of the Archived posts (called "Medusa's Rap Sheet") below the Hot Links in the blue box at the right.

Our Medusa lives to serve the NorCal poetry community; think of it as a group effort. We all have so much to share—join in the fray!

Here's how to send stuff to MK:

•••No cover letter/bio/simul-subs, but prev-pubs OK (cite publication); email If you absolutely HAVE to send me poems by snail, write and ask for an address. 

•••Any number of poems is okay; no need to stick to the usual 3-5, and send stuff as often as you'd like. 

•••Send photos and art, too, plus events/announcements/links/journal news and guidelines. Poet-phernalia, in other words.

•••Turn-around time is very, very short. I usually respond within a day or two (if I don't, please write and ask if I got it!). Almost all styles and content are welcome; we are an equal-opportunity publisher. Watch out for poems that are too long, though, like pages and pages and pages, or political or religious rants, or stuff that's too racy... (Medusa does like her juice, so to speak, but we don't want to get linked to too many porno sites.) And I'll usually let you know the exact day your work will appear. 

•••BE SURE, though, that whatever you send Medusa is in its final form. We post the FIRST version you send; we can't be keeping track of revisions. 

•••All poets are welcome here, whatever their locale. Please do include your city, though, if I don't know you. We like to say where people are from, far or near.

•••Check on Tuesdays for our Seed of the Week (SOW). Of course, your poems don't have to be based on the SOW; the "seeds" are just there to get you going if you feel stuck. What triggers a poem in you? A stray word, a shocking scene, something that evokes a memory? Our SOWs are intended to, hopefully, inspire a poem in you the way something in "real life" does. Come up with poems, photos and art (loosely, very loosely) based on our SOWs and send 'em to No deadlines; save those seeds for later if you want, when your muse gets ornery and hides under the bed. (There's a huge list of past SOWs in Calliope's Closet, one of the links at the top of the blog.)

•••And yes, you will see the occasional poetry form in the Kitchen, offered either as a feast for the eye or as a SOW. (See our Form Fiddlers' Friday each Friday.) We're among those "form-geeks" who believe that forms can be good for the ear and good for the pen, even if you never intend to publish one or even tell anybody you've practiced them. (We won't squeal on ya, we promise!)


Medusa encourages poets of all ilk and ages to send their POETRY, PHOTOS and ART, as well as REVIEWS, RESOURCES and announcements of Northern California poetry events, to for posting on this daily Snake blog. Rights remain with the poets. Previously-published poems are okay for Medusa’s Kitchen, as long as you own the rights. (Please cite publication.) Medusa cannot vouch for the moral fiber of other publications, contests, etc. that she lists, however, so submit to them at your own risk.   


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