Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Updated Submission Guidelines

Send 3-5 poems and a short bio to connor.stratman@hotmail.com
Please allow 1-3 weeks for a response.
Simultaneous submissions accepted, but no previously published work.

What we're looking for:
Lyrical, inventive, surreal, funny, pathos, emotionless, conceptual, artificial, political, paratactic, colorful, experimental/weird, invective, prose poems, obliquely gnostic, etc. We also welcome essays on poetics and criticism, provided they're short (not to be much more that 500-600 words).

What we're not looking for:
Poems that do exactly what you'd expect a poem to do. For example: rhyming (unless it's genius, and we have a strict definition of genius rhyming [cf. Pope, Dickinson]), sentimentality, "realism," simple metaphor/simile (dust in the wind, red red roses, etc.), definite themes, historical regression, imitations of Billy Collins or Charles Bukowski, classroom assignments, love poems that are easily read as such, rants/vents, etc.

Looking forward to reading you,
The Balloon

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