Three quick things—and requests for your input!
1. Thank You, Gordon Square Review
I don’t have a lot of submissions out right now, but there are a few I’m waiting to hear about. Including a few poems that I sent to Gordon Square Review on [checks Submittable] February 1.
It’s not my first try with this publication, and I’d love to receive good news from them. But regardless of the outcome, I’m just grateful that they posted this update Monday night.
We are slowly but surely making our final decisions for Issue 4. If you submitted, you should hear from us fairly soon. As always, we are blown away by the beauty, intelligence, warmth, and weirdness in our submission queue. The only downside is it’s so hard to choose!
— Gordon Square Review (@GordonSquareRev) April 9, 2019
Don’t you wish that every journal would share similarly generous updates? (If you can think offhand of those that do, please give them a shoutout in the comments section. Let’s applaud them!)
2. From the Department of Poetry-Book Preparation: Birthright Update, Part A
Over coffee last Thursday, a friend and I were chatting about my forthcoming poetry collection, and the topic of “Notes” came up. As in: Will my book include a “Notes” section, with explanations that might help guide readers through some of the poems in the book?
So far, I’ve haven’t been planning to include a notes section—but after this conversation with my friend, I’m reconsidering. What do you think about those sections (or their absence) in poetry books? (I’m interested in hearing from those sharing perspectives as readers as well as from other poets who have decided to include/omit notes sections in their own collections.)
3. Birthright Update, Part B
I’m taking the occasion of the new book’s publication to refresh this here website. Which means that I’m currently completing a survey document for my web designer, and I could use your help.
Could you please tell me what you most like/dislike about this site as it is? What has been most helpful to you here? What could you do without? And what’s missing?
Thank you all, in advance, for your input!