In the interest
of keeping the poetry community on the up & up, we offer this quick primer
on how we decide what to publish.
Although social watchdogs like foetry.com
and Jim Behrle have not
called us out yet, we want to nip in the bud any rumors of cronyism, nepotism,
meet once a month in international waters to argue over the finalist
poems & dispose of bodies.
Before and after
the meetings, the internet is rife with chatter as the merits of each
submission are hashed out. Here's an
example of an exchange between two editors. The candidate's name
has been withheld, though it doesn't take a fucking genius to figure
out we are talking about you.
rejecting friends can be difficult, editors wear green or red to indicate
their opinions. Winners of the wrestling match get rewritten & published
under different names in Fence & Lit.
The losers are forced
to appear in Lungfull.
very best submission gets burned to insure a good crop next year. That's
the only reason you were not published this time.
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