November 27, 2022

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Bouquets for autumn by Adrian Matejka

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I would like to begin this editor’s note with gratitude. It’s the same place where my poems often begin: gratitude for guitar riffs, jack-o’-lanterns, and autumn days. Gratitude for other, previous poems and for the work of other poets. I am so grateful for the support you have given our editorial team over the last few months. Your patience and generosity has given us the space to begin implementing the transformations we want to make in the magazine. We’ve also thought about the various ways, big and small, that we can expand our editorial practices in service of our new aesthetic and cultural commitments.

Right now, sitting next to a bouquet of fall flowers, I borrow one of these maroon and orange beauties as a simple metaphor: if poetry is the seed, poems are the flowers and poets are the sun. no If poets are the seed, poems are the flowers and poetry the sun. We have blossom, we have the ability to transform, but we also need consideration and care to change.

I hope you see some of the transformation already taking place in the October and November issues. Much of our work is still in progress, but our commitment to expanding the magazine’s archive – both past and present – is already in action. In the October issue we had a beautiful folio of works by Carolyn Marie Rogers, followed by one by poet/philosopher Will Alexander in the November issue. A folio on Chicago photographer and poet Diana Solís will be published in December. The folio accompanies an exhibition of Solís’ work, which will be installed at the Poetry Foundation Gallery until January 14, 2023. All are welcome.

None of the poets I just mentioned have appeared in the magazine before, and we’re excited to spotlight their work as much as we can now. Just so I’m transparent: We hope to have folios in almost every issue over the next few years and to draw from the breadth of poetic possibilities. The trigger for this dig is absences from the Poetry archive, but the project is not solely focused on the magazine. We rely on the community to support us in our archive exploration. We rely on the brilliance of our readers, contributors and partners to find the voices that need the spotlight.

Another note I would like to mention regarding submissions: our new guidelines are available on Submittable. Visit Submittable for calls for folios, book reviews, video poems, and essays, as well as the updated Poetry Submission Guidelines. As always, it’s free to share your work with us.

I now realize that this has become more of a statement of intent than an editor’s note; I didn’t even mention the brilliant poets in this month’s pages! But it seems important to identify some of the changes that affect us as they occur. I want anyone interested in delving into the new incarnation of Poetry magazine to understand all the options available. Legibility, transparency, seeds and flowers. Coming back to my low budget metaphor, we need your flowers, we need your reassurance that you can count on us to take care of you and be the best version of the magazine we can be.

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