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Poetry from The US and Canada
The reading period for issue 39 began on 6/16 and ended on 8/1. In that seven weeks I received no less than 250 poems to read and consider with care. Themes dealing with aspects of life and death, love, nature, weather, geography, cars, travel, philosophical and political issues, Trump, immigration, faith, and sex were in the submissions I read.
Some poems were virtually repeats of poems I read for consideration in issue 38, in other editorial capacities I’ve held in the past, and in the writing of my students. The jaded eye sees such repetition as proof that there are no new ideas. The more balanced eye sees such repetition as timeless ideas shining on the vast beach that is a writer’s imagination.
Whereas I could not pick a poem for issue 39 that was like one I’d picked for issue 38, I can feel secure that poems I was not able to accept will either find homes in other publications and on other websites or, at the very least, serve as stepping stones to lead to continued growth for the poet.
I am excited that issue 39 features a group of sonnets, as form-based poetry doesn’t draw much attention circa 2019. I am also happy that we are featuring a mix of new and emerging talent with poems from seasoned educators and multi-book authors.
Plans are already underway for issue 40 and, before long, The Blue Nib will be at work on projects for 2020 and beyond.
Creative growth is always exciting. I am gladdened by the growth I see in writers who submit their work to us.
Poetry Editor, USA & Canada