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29th July 2010

By Rob A. Mackenzie | 2010 July 29

Before submitting your valued publication, consider
whether the poems are surplus to requirement
or, at least, to our requirements. Consider
whether they cushion the networks we uphold.

This year, we read worryingly few poems tagging
unflorid narratives to slick epiphany, few of solid
weight whose authority wells with an echoing lack,
few with the appearance of having somewhere to go
but a stronger urge to go back. We trust you agree
our choices, like internal rhymes, stand out from
the pack: enthusiasts and small presses we treasure
like mothballs in our perfumed, ceremonial holdalls.

Note the small print: the shortlisted must snog us
comatose, past slanders must be passed over
as coincidence and freshly peppered tongues
hosed down. For some the smooching will indeed
seem long as a double sestina until finally clothes
are shed, sex is fumbled for, and awkward weeping
flows as the official poetic line flows to an impenetrable
end and comes again. Do not confuse with prose.

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