By Emily Friedman and Alex Edel
Itâs all Greek to Weber
The Antioch Review will feature English department head Larry Weberâs poem âCharonâs Humorâ in the fall 2007 issue.
âCharonâs Humorâ is a poem concerning the mythical character Charon, ferryman of the underworld.
In Weberâs 18-line poem, Charon thinks about how he got the worst job in the world: shuttling newly dead people to the other side of the river Acheron.
The character wonders why he has this job and makes a joke at his own expense.
Weber completed the poem about two years ago after 30 to 40 drafts, he said.
The publishing process was quick for Weber.
âI was lucky,â he said. âIt only took around five or six weeks.â
The process began when Weber sent four poems to the Antioch Review to go through a filtering process, narrowing the selection from around 1000 submissions to just 75 for the poetry editor to look at.
âI assume failure,â Weber said. âIt is hard to get published in a good journal like that. I hoped that the editor would at least just say something.â
Weber has been writing poetry since the fifth grade.
He started truly getting into it in college but it took turning 35 for him to really feel like he was doing it, he said.
From his own work, âCharonâs Humorâ is not Weberâs personal favorite, though it has been the most successful.
âIt is up there, but I donât think it is quite my favorite,â he said. âI donât like everything I try, thatâs for sure.â
âCharonâs Humorâ is not the first of Weberâs work to be published.
âThis is one of a few. One is published every couple of years,â Weber said. âIâd like to increase the rate, but I donât write quickly so I have to be patient.â
Some of his other works have been published in Southeast Missouri Stateâs journal the Cape Rock, Euphony of the University of Chicago and in an anthology called Heroic Voices.
âI want to keep trying to get into journals and then get a book together,â Weber said, âThose are my goals.â
Hereâs looking at Yoo
English teacher Stephanie Yooâs short story âThe Ladies of Sheung Wanâ was published last spring.Â
It was published in âCheers to Musesâ which is âan anthology of contemporary visual and literary art by Asian American women,â according to the Asian American Women Artists Association, a non-profit organization supporting women artists.
Yoo said she has been writing for over 10 years and has published over 14 stories.
âThe Ladies of Sheung Wanâ is about the friendship of two old Asian women living in Hong Kong who both collect cardboard and rely on each other.