I just informed three magazines that I was withdrawing from their consideration a poem I had submitted to them several months ago. I can’t sit around and wait while editors make up their minds, so I am sharing the poem with you. Click here which goes to my WUTR page and you’ll find “Poem [Elena Delle Donne has a herniated disk].”
It’s a pastiche of Frank O’Hara’s poem Poem [Lana Turner has collapsed] and updates the title icon with the basketball player Elena Delle Donne, who currently plays for the Washington Mystics of the WNBA.
(The event described in the poem occurred in October, 2019 and I recently read that she has had successful back surgery and is expected to be ready to play when the season opens later this year.)