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The struggles of an emerging writer to get published. What exactly is it that I'm emerging from? Some kind of primeval literary goo?
we are openly hostile to cronyism and corneyism. We really do not want submissions that over sentimentalize experiences in the potato field or on the bog. We will welcome poetry that , to quote John Ashbery, is ‘ambrosia in the alley under the stars…that makes us aware of certain moments.’
The rhymes of the two halves are 'along,' horizontal, but the grammatical sense is vertical, 'down' each of the two columns. Although the diction is plain and simple - 'milky' applied to light and to ice, for example - it's transformed by putting the words and phrases in the two halves of the poem in close proximity. The two halves obviously show strong contrasts of theme - summer and winter - but there are also subtle contrasts of syntax and punctuation, for example, 'still' in the half-line of the first voice, 'still and distant' is different, grammatically, from the 'still' in the half-line of the second voice next to it, 'still distant.'More here
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