You may recall that my Sept. 21 magazine column confessed my passion for writing rhymes with reason. Your reaction to my poem "Life's True Beauty" was so gratifying, so genuine, and so positive that it created a large lump in my throat, a jarring jump in my pulse, and a tantalizing thump in my brain. That column also revealed my plan to compile an anthology of my poetry. What it didn't reveal, however, is that the collection will be unique in that it will be comprised entirely of poems with a business orientation. It also will be spiced with management maxims that have guided me during my business career. The anthology will be titled Business Rhymes & Reason. Now let me tell you exactly how the large lump, the jarring jump, and the tantalizing thump created by your e-mail, faxes, and letters changed my publishing plans. The new idea: Instead of publishing an anthology of my business-oriented poetry, I now want to publish an anthology of our business-oriented poetry. Here are the pertinent details of the plan:
- Deadline for submissions -- Dec. 31, 1998
- Publication -- early 1999
- Contents -- 100 poems (50 of my best and 50 of your best).
- All poems selected for publication will be identified with the names, titles, and company affiliations of their authors.
- I will be the sole judge of which poems will be published.
- I also will accept management maxims that have worked for you. These also will be attributed to their authors by name, title, and company affiliation.
- Each contribution must be accompanied by a statement authorizing me to publish your entry (if selected) and guaranteeing that you are the author.