I didn’t know to expect from a bunch of submissions to wordlegs when I was asked to select the poems for this issue by Elizabeth Reapy, who I nearly met once. I had read earlier issues and knew wordlegs was specifically and selflessly set up to showcase emerging talent from writers from or living in Ireland. But who would send in what exactly. I printed out the poems I received with all identification removed so the selection was done anonymously, which I feel is very important. Then I settled down to read through. I separated them to 3 piles Yes, No, Maybe. Then read again, waited, read again out loud until the pages had stopped jumping piles like kangaroos and settled down.
- Great big blocks of text put me off. Consider cutting into stanzas
- Inconsistent line endings and punctuation. If you’re going to break the flow, you need a good reason to do so
- Clichés. Don’t go there.
- General Over-The-Top-ness. Leave some room for the reader.
- Don’t mangle your words just for a nice Rhyme.
- Adjectives and adverbs, don’t overegg the pudding
- And Beware of the So What? poem.