My favorite aspect of the process is to read through unsolicited submissions and “discover” exciting new poets who surprise me! Sometimes these works aren’t the tidiest, but I’m not sure I ultimately prefer tidy to raw, unbridled, rough originality. Coming across dessert-rich poems from people I’ve never heard of is wonderful. Then I love sending the acceptance note and sharing in the writers’ happiness, placing their poems in big, original design settings, and launching them on the web so that others might enjoy them. I love the thought of ongoing professional relationships with these writers—reading what they write next, maybe helping them to place a book—my small role in helping poetry continue to shimmy forward.
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