Week Two in Review: Some Stats, a Call for Submission, and a Review

And we thought we were doing well last week! The whole Vita Brevis team is so appreciative of all of your support and positive feedback for both ourselves and our submitters. Let’s take a look at how we all did–we’ll show you some statistics, review our submitters’ poetry, and talk about our competitions:


  • We topped 1,000 views collectively (250 visitors) yesterday compared to last weeks 300 (90 visitors); we’ve collectively hit 300 likes, compared to last weeks 100; we’ve pulled in over 40 comments (including our replies) compared to last weeks 19; and we just got our 98th follower, compared to last week’s 35. We’re truly touched by all of your support–and we couldn’t have done it if it wasn’t for our submitters’ excellent pieces and the generous publicity of a couple of our loyal supporters!



We’ve received over 30 submissions! Out of these, only 9 were accepted, so congratulations accepted submitters, and for our rejected ones, fear not–we rejected your submission not you, so keep ’em coming–Vita Brevis will be a hard magazine to get into, but that only adds to the merit of getting that acceptance email and to the quality of the overall magazine!

Himalia (a return-writer!) gave us a powerful second poem, “All at Once,” which probed the world around us, from plate tectonics and the Himalayas to the constant, endless vibration of matter. This poem did very well and beautifully captured concepts such as Sartre’s existential anxiety.

Ana Daksina sent in her “Graveyard Ramble,” with an engrossing, ponderous narrative which whisps along a graveyard, from stone to stone, like a curious, unrested specter.

One ofo ur team members wrote “Strange Tongue,” which eloquently dismantled and revealed the futility and inherent meaninglessness of language, in true existential fashion.

Matthew Rhodes sent us his “Next to a Footpath at Fuente De,” which collected quite a few comments, complimenting its irresistible phrasing and the meticulous landscape it opened up in all of our minds.

The Vita Brevis Team (yours truly) co-wrote a Thanksgiving poem, “The Deepest Thread,” to wish you all a happy holiday!

Jamie Dedes even sent in a piece of her own–Wabi Sabi, which engaged us in its introspective narrative and its Eastern insights along the way.

Ali Grimshaw gave us her excellent “Visiting with Chaos,” which studies order and disorder, passivity and chaos, and wonders what it might like to visit with chaos, to learn from her “before she can author her story/from which the plot differs from/perpetual duplicating.” What a poem!

And short-prose-fiction sent us “Hellenistic Reverie.” Well, more accurately, we found it, read it, and simply had to share it with you (so we shot him an email and he graciously accepted)! This post did very well, and, boy, was it a compelling read! Its Greco-Roman, mythological tone alongside brilliant lines such as, “You softly reading Hebrew texts in Greek/The painful comedy of life on sale this week,” were fantastic!

And stay tuned for some great posts coming up next week!


We opened a Holiday poetry competition–spread the word and submit your entries!

And we set up a donation site so we can one day (i) buy our own domain and upgrade our blog plan for more creative freedom, (ii) host a writing contest every month with a cash prize, (iii) and one day pay our submitters for their work! You can contribute here.

Well, that does it–thank you, WordPress community; you’re not just supporting the Vita Brevis team, you’re supporting a community of excellent writers and poets!


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The Vita Brevis Team

“Ars longa, vita brevis" (art is long, life is short). This maxim so moved us that it seemed only right to title our online poetry magazine after it. It may seem curious that we chose Vita Brevis (life is short) as our title instead of Ars Longa (art is long). But this choice was more than appropriate; after all, the aim of our journal is to publish work that shows a keen awareness of not only art’s beauty and immortality but life’s toils and finiteness. We want to revive and nourish the rich existential literature that forms when art and the human endeavor collide.

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