Throwback Writing: New Blog Series, Submissions Welcome

typingLast week, I went hunting through my attic for Davie Bowie memorabilia. I was writing an essay on Bowie–one of my favorite musicians of all time–and wanted to add some pictures. Well, I did find a few things, and you can read the completed essay here if you’d like. However, I also came across an old literary magazine from my college (The Alembic, Providence College) that contained a couple of my poems written in the mid-eighties.

Reading them was a little disturbing. At first, I felt like I’d run into a old friend from whom I’d been estranged for many years. And yet, after reading the poems a few times, I was able to bring myself back to those days when I was terribly insecure, secretly ill with an eating disorder, and desperately trying to figure out who I was.

I got a little sad too. I wish the Mary Jo (that’s the name I used back then; it’s short for Mary Joanne) of the mid-eighties could’ve looked ahead a bit and seen that things got better. But then again, who’s to say what the next thirty years will bring?

Anyway, here’s one of the poems, called “Party Girl.”

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See what I mean?

Now it’s your turn. Do you have any old writing that makes you cringe in some ways but also helps you understand yourself and where you come from a bit better? If so, please dust it off and contact me at mary@pocomotech.com. I’d love to feature your work in this Throwback Writing series. Poems and very short fiction will probably work best, but excerpts from longer pieces will also be considered. 

Thanks! I look forward to reading your old stuff!

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About Mary Rowen

My novel LEAVING THE BEACH (a 2016 IPPY Award winner) is about music and obsession, and LIVING BY EAR focuses on divorce and following your passions. I live in the Boston area with my family, cat, and dog.
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21 Responses to Throwback Writing: New Blog Series, Submissions Welcome

  1. Hi Mary,

    I’m interested. Just let me know when and word count. I’ll dig something up J

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    • Mary Rowen says:

      Hi EC! Yay, I’m glad you’re interested. I’d love to feature your work. I guess it’d be best to keep the word count somewhere between 1000-1500 words, but if you need more, that’s OK. The post should include your throwback work and a little blurb about it. Pictures welcome too, but not necessary. And of course, you can feature your books and other links at the bottom. Just send email to mary@pocomotech.com when you’re ready and I’ll get you scheduled. Thanks!

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  2. jan says:

    Mary Jo – your poem’s not bad at all. I can see the potential genius! The poetry I wrote as a teen really stunk!

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    • Mary Rowen says:

      Aw, you’re nice Jan, but I think the operative word is “potential.” As in, I’m still waiting! I’ll also bet your teenage writing’s a lot better than you give it credit for, and if you’re up for sending some, I’d be thrilled to feature it!

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  3. irenasr says:

    What a great idea Mary!

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  4. Sheila says:

    What an awesome, awesome idea! I am sure I have something to pass along in the spirit of creative bravery! AWESOME ! 🙂

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  5. You know what, I’d LOVE to participate in this! I took creative writing in high school as part of obtaining English credit. I have a whole collection of the poems I’ve written: sonnets, ballades, free-verse. I wrote a play, too, but I can’t find that one–and you wouldn’t want it! 😛 But I’d love to send you something.

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  6. Mary Rowen says:

    That’s great, Scarlet! I’d love to feature you. When you’re ready, please send your piece, along with a brief description of what it is/why you wrote it, etc., some bio info and a headshot. Also, any social media links you’d like to include, and/or links to your book (s). Thanks!

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  7. susielindau says:

    I found my old short stories from high school. My teacher wanted me to go into English in college, but I graduated in art and became a medical illustrator. All these years later, I found my passion as a writer. Ha!
    I think that poem is so Goth, dark and amazing!

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    • Mary Rowen says:

      Thanks so much, Susie! And I’d love to feature one of your stories in this blog series if you’re up for it. I just checked out your blog and love it. What an adventure you’ve had so far. I look forward to reading more!

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  8. Mary Rowen says:

    Awesome, Susie. Whenever you’re ready, just send it over. I look forward to it!

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  9. choff777 says:

    I love this, Mary! Ima gonna find something from the high school archives and send. We are always evolving as humans…and the writing does too…potential stories are everywhere 😘

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    • Mary Rowen says:

      That’s awesome, Jackie! It’s so interesting to see where people come from, as well as where we are now. And you’re right–going back can bring out stories that’ve been forgotten. I hope you share something for this series.

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  10. bobcabkings says:

    Oh, my, a challenge to dive into the archives, yikes.

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