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I'm not interested in reading poems that seem to be somebody putting on paper what they already know or trust or believe or have experienced and are going over that ground. The language isn't coming up with anything new because they're not asking it to. They don't need striking metaphors or new images because nothing is being discovered. There is a kind of poetry that has already sorted out what it 's going to do, and that doesn't interest me much
- aspiring poets won't go far wrong if they write in that spirit.
Obsessed doesn't want safe poems, doesn't want the poems you know you can write about what you know. I want poems that go to the high wire across the abyss. Don't walk it, dance it. You may find you can fly. Risk the fall. Test the boundaries. If you crash, crash with panache. Your poem may look safe to begin with, may start safe and quiet but take off. I hope it does. I love to see poets flying.
One of our eminent poets has said that all poems are love poems. I like that. My line is that a good poem is a letter to God. Of course, you have to wonder whether God would enjoy "see-it-coming-a-mile-away" end-rhyme, or would find it boring and look for some other kind of dance in the words.
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I discourage email submissions - as I always end up printing the poems off to read anyway, and formatting may go down the tubes - and emailed submissions have been known to get completely overlooked/mislaid. But if you absolutely must submit by e-mail, please send your poems in the body of an email message, or as a single attached document.
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