This poem was serendipitious ; it came about in a most unusual way – a way that has never happened to me before and most likely won’t ever again. I wrote “A mere sensation,” revised it, submitted it to Right Hand Pointing, and had it accepted for publication all the same day.
This is very unusual. Writing is rewriting – revision. And if a person doesn’t like to revise, he/she really doesn’t like to write. Yes, I revised this poem, but few revisions were needed, and the revisions came more quickly than usual. It is smart to look for a litmag that needs a certain kind of poem – a market where one’s poem fits. That day Dale put out a call for poems like the one I had written. And it is usual to wait for a reply. Dale is quicker than most editors with both acceptances and rejections. (Yes, he’s rejected poems of mine in the past. He’s also accepted a few.) So I went through the usual steps but the process was accelerated.