Poem Up at MockingHeart Review

Editor-in-Chief Tyler Robert Sheldon has published my poem “When I’m in Charge” at MockingHeart Review.

This poem was written before the pandemic, but it certainly fits this traumatic period of time.

Have you ever wished that you were in charge?


Emperor’s New Clothes monument in OdenseВладимир Шеляпин / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0

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56 responses to “Poem Up at MockingHeart Review

  1. Congratulations, Luanne! I always say when I’m Queen of the Universe, there will be a lot of changes. 🤣
    I just got a rejection from Mockingheart, but I have to say Tyler sent a lovely acknowledgement about receiving my poems. 😀

  2. Amy

    Wow, the last line does knock the wind out.

  3. Yes, your poem is definitely appropriate for these days, and I fervently wish you were!

  4. Could I be your second-in-command? I have a few things I’d want to fix too. Great poem, Luanne.

  5. Wonderful, Luanne! Those last two lines are perfect as the ending to this poem. Congratulations!I have never sent to Mockingheart, but I like their look!

  6. I couldn’t leave a comment over there but want you to know I want you in charge. Also, your photo is terrific.

  7. With you in charge things would be a darn sight better than they are now. I of course, loved the poem. Don’t we all wish we could wave a magic wand and make things better. Congrats on the publication!

    • Oh, that magic wand! Mine has been waved and waved and waved and nothing is happening! No sparkles, no good changes! Thank you, Marlene!

  8. Congratulations!

  9. I’m not sure about that last line Luanne. Am I supposed to feel jarred by it?

  10. Congratulations on your publication! I enjoyed your poem. Funny thing. I went on an emperor-has-no-clothes rant just this morning.

  11. Congratulations on the publication. I loved it and did get a little jolt at the end, too. Well done.

    I’ve been reading Kin Types, taking it in sips, not gulps. I marvel at your ability to inhabit different points of view in those short, dramatic pieces. I couldn’t find info on the cover image. Is she an ancestor?

    • Thank you, Eilene! About the woman on Kin Types. I explain it in this blog post on The Family Kalamazoo (blog post explains how I arrived at the answer, although of course it’s all conjecture): https://thefamilykalamazoo.com/2017/08/23/who-is-that-mystery-woman-on-the-cover-of-kin-types/

      • That was an interesting story. How cool that you could run images through a “twin” processor! One thing I would say about the two tintypes is that the one on the cover of your book was clearly made from the other. The image was reversed and the boy was painted out. A little bit of the background paint also covered up part of the bow in her hair. But it is definitely the exact same picture.

        • Sooo interesting. I am 95% persuaded, but for some reason the girl in the photo with the boy looks different to me. her expression looks different, too. Could that happen in the reverse? Maybe? That twin software thing was bought out by a big company and “killed.” That was so sad.

          • I noticed that when I tried to find it to use it. I was bummed.

            You can use any simple photo viewer to flip the image to see that they match. They are just mirror images. I think you’re probably right the the boy is someone she dated but didn’t marry. She liked the image of herself so had it turned right (the image with the boy is backwards, like a daguerreotype would be – you can tell because his buttons are on the wrong side), then painted out the boy and the big bow. Perhaps she wanted a more up-to-date style in the colorized version.

  12. Congratulations Luanne – it’s fun, it’s serious and it has an unexpected ending!

  13. Congratulations, and what a perfect poem for these times! Yes, I want YOU in charge 🙂

  14. What are these fools doing who can’t see that you ought to be in charge now!
    Gorgeous poem!

  15. Congratulations, Luanne, on this publication. This poem filled me with questions. I began to wonder who “I” is when limas went extinct. I wondered what the little lies were. I wondered how the gun problem was solved. I wondered how love and grief could be outwitted. All in all, I was scared. 🙂

  16. Congratulations, Luanne! This is a wonderful accomplishment. I found your poem to be very powerful and the final lines haunting. I also agree with John W. Howell that your photo is terrific! Very cool and yet warm. 🙂

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