16 February 2012

John Kinsella: 'What I do and don't look for in a poem when selecting for a literary journal'

The latest edition of Island contains an interesting “Manifesto” from the Australian poet John Kinsella, who now lives abroad.

In his short essay, Kinsella outlines what he believes about poetry, what he thinks about poetry competitions, and what he believes it is that makes a poem worthy of consideration by a journal editor.

As John Kinsella is now Island's poetry editor, his article will be of great interest to those poets intending to submit poems to that magazine – but to say as much is to go against the main point of Kinsella's manifesto: he argues for a more rigorous approach by poets as to how they decide on what to journal editors. He urges poets simply to send the poems they have faith in, not the poems they think will suit a particular editor. But he has a lot more to say than that. You can read Kinsella's manifesto online on the Island website.
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 John Kinsella - 'What I do and don't look for in a poem when selecting for a literary journal' (Manifesto)

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