We equally welcome submissions from established poets as well as from less known and beginning poets. We publish both traditional forms and free verse. We want poems characterized by compression, rich vocabulary, significant content, and evidence of "a tuned ear and practiced pen." We want coherent work that moves through the particulars of the poem to make a point. We do not want "greeting card verse" or proselytizing or didactic poems.
The editor and two assistant editors individually read all submissions. At each editorial conference, all preliminary selections are read aloud and discussed. Then final selections are made. We sometimes accept a poem upon the condition that the poet agree to a suggested change. We do not comment on rejections. We generally accept about five percent of poems submitted.
We do not accept translations, previously published works, or simultaneous submissions.