What the Editor Said

‘Not a matter of skill, obviously, or richness of thought. Something else at issue for me. The accent of the thing perhaps.’

‘Was tempted by it, though in the end not quite enough.’

‘Your poetry is inventive and full of richly textured language. However, it seems to lack an emotional punch. You need to bring the reader deeper into the emotional reality of the poem and not just the descriptive reality of the poem. What is really at stake? What could be lost? What could be gained? Still, your writing is very strong. I would suggest joining our online poetry workshop.’

‘A nice batch and we were very tempted by both X and Y, but in the end we didn’t love them quite enough.’

‘Thank you for the opportunity to read these poems; I’m sorry you’ve had to wait so long for a response. While there is much to admire, I’m afraid I couldn’t see a way of publishing them successfully at X’

‘Your work is not quite what I’m looking for for this issue.. I had 1000s & 1000s of submissions.. you were among the 200 or so people I really wanted to publish.’

‘I deeply appreciate the craft, intelligence, and imagination on display, as well as the many surprising turns, and your consistent attentiveness to detail. I’m sorry to take so long only to disappoint.’

‘Was very nearly persuaded by all of these, especially ….  – Longed for a ‘pinch of salt’ to make it work perfectly.’

‘Impressed by these, but didn’t love any of them enough.’

“… we felt the poems were a little too neatly tied up – perhaps not leaving the reader with enough to do?”

“Sorry to say none of these match the requirements of X – but we’d be happy to see other work (maybe of a more exploratory, relaxed or ‘confessional’ kind) at any time.”

‘Ideally, before we could consider publishing this, we’d like you to be a bit more famous.’
‘No thanks.’
‘Put me down as an old dinasaur [sic], but I am not really keen on this kind of thing.’