OK, I admit I’m feeling distressed today at all the layoffs, firings, and restructurings in the children’s publishing world. I’m not a big businessperson, and I don’t really know all the implications of yesterday’s bloodbath at HMH, S&S, etc. But I’m waiting to hear whether two editors I either have books in progress with or have verbal offers from have survived. What a scary time to be in publishing.
So…I wrote my morning poem from a place of fear this morning, I’m afraid.
Resignations, Restructuring, Layoffs, and Buyouts
Bleak outlook; financial worry
causes a flurry as
editors to ditch. Just
no more books?
—Laura Purdie Salas
Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect gave a climbing rhyme as this week’s challenge. The rhyming word goes from word 4 to word 3 to word 2, and at that point word 4 in the line becomes the new rhyme. I’ve never tried this before, and it was a fun exercise. Go check out the gorgeous poems (much more poetic and lovely than my rant) that have been shared.