November Poems 2022
Dear Readers and Writers:
Because our submission numbers are so much larger than the amount of writing we are able to publish, we’ve added a November Poetry issue this year to showcase more good work from our student writers. We still end up turning down more work than we accept and students often email to ask us what type of writing we’re looking for. The best answer is to read the type of work we’ve already published.
Regarding poetry, certainly we’re open to a variety of forms, and publish haiku, odes, elegies, ghazals, sonnets, prose poems etc. But we also welcome hybrid and unconventional forms as well. In our FALL submissions queue this year, there was a LOT to like. And while it feels like the writing gets stronger, the longer we publish, this is just a small sample —a bit of the ‘best of’ our FALL reading.
In this issue—
Cameroonian writer Hyla Etame writes about longing in Love Letter to My Fatherland. And in Beautiful Marigold, high school student Mustafa Dost shows how an unconventional style can really work— this is not a typical ‘flower poem.’
Kevin Song successfully builds beautiful lines into strong stanzas in Triggers and Disappointment, while Quinn Murphy confides a very relatable worry in A Seething Fear.
In Wheel of Fortune (X), Filipino poet Rigel Portales manages to combine in a short poem—cobras, dice, Twilight, and heart surgery— with excellent results.
Isabel Isaac creates a beautiful, intimate scene in kitchen light, and Haze Fry explores the state of the world in her poem Sixteen.
Sandra Lin covers culture clash in ESTRANGED and wow, — Arim Lee shows off some skill weaving memory and image in k-summer.
Amelia Glass’ reflective voice begins with one bed:empty, in her poem thinking on the meaning of the word ‘gone.’
Something for everyone here. Please send more.