Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
Summer Poems 2022
Dear Readers and Writers:
Summer is fleeting, — which is why we’ve called upon the tried and true wisdom of Ferris Bueller, to introduce our Summer Poems 2022 online issue. As life speeds along, we read hundreds of poems for every issue, and the ones we select for publication are those that make us pause, because they show us life presented in a fresh and original way.
For example, we receive many poems about beloved pets, but a Ghazal* of Jealousy about an English Bulldog? Haven’t seen that before (well done Tyler Sookralli). And while we weren’t specifically looking for poetry about The Life Cycle of an African Bush Elephant, Lucy Somers showed us why this was exactly the poem we needed, and that it wasn’t really completely about elephants,— was it?
Sometimes when we turn down writing, students email and ask what did I do wrong? Instead of our responding: write more like this, we can only send encouragement to write more like your own self. Because ultimately, we are asking for what happens when you stop and look around once in a while. What do you see, from your corner of the world? Write, and send it to us so we don’t miss it. The idea being that each Blue Marble Review issue then becomes a collection of all of these disparate points of view.
Summer is flying, and there’s something out there you shouldn’t be missing. Make sure you get it down on paper.
* (Pronounciation: “guzzle”) Originally an Arabic verse form dealing with loss and romantic love, medieval Persian poets embraced the ghazal, eventually making it their own. Consisting of syntactically and grammatically complete couplets, the form also has an intricate rhyme scheme. Each couplet ends on the same word or phrase (the radif), and is preceded by the couplet’s rhyming word. (www.poetryfoundation.org)