Poets Must Submit by Owen Clayborn

Issue 4

Full-length collections of poets
of less than 750 copies of
Poets who have not published
a book before by poets
who previously have published poetry
we define as a book of 48 or more
Poets who have not published
a book before by poets.

We pride ourselves on the eclectic
demand that any book
tied to any particular style or school
be of exceptional merit.

We are not of writing,
of the nature of our list
but we do, we publish.

To provide critiques or enter
this huge number of
sort of
with more than 1,400 manuscripts
means that we are unable to enter
this huge number
with the care it deserves.

Source text: Pittsburgh University Press Poetry Submissions webpage.

Owen Clayborn is a British-American writer of short and full-length fiction, as well as poetry. He currently lives on a rainy island in the North Atlantic.