Submissions

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I am looking to feature work that is exploratory, experimental, and inquisitive of language, image, and sound. To quote from the introduction that Lee Gurga and I wrote for Haiku 2014, I am not only looking to publish ku that challenge and provoke, but that also “successfully and intriguingly expand, extend, play with, and test the form.” All in all, I am looking for ku that are fresh, whether that is done through experimentation or more “traditional”-classicist approaches.

Places to go that would give you a clear idea of the kind of ku I enjoy would be the journal I previously edited, R’r (the journal’s blog also has many ku selected from various other journals and publications), the anthologies I’ve edited with Lee Gurga, Haiku 21, Haiku 2014, Haiku 2015, and Haiku 2016, and also the vast array of “H21 ku” presented in The Disjunctive Dragonfly : A New Approach to English-Language Haiku by Richard Gilbert.

is/let is also interested in minimal poems that blur the line/s between short poetry and haiku, displaying a kind of lineage or kinship. What comes to mind is work by Craig Dworkin (Motes), Robert Grenier (Sentences, Oakland), Larry Eigner (The Collected Poems), Rae Armantrout, and, to a more radical extent, P. Inman (Ocker, Ad Infinitum).

Send upwards of 20 or so unpublished ku (a sequence/short-form poem is treated as singular) to isletpoetry@gmail.com

Though there are no due dates or reading periods, please only send one submission in a three week period, even if work has been accepted.

 If I select something for is/let, you will hear from me within three weeks. If I have not gotten back to you within three weeks, then I have not selected anything from your submission. Please send more. Just to be clear: this means that I will not be sending rejection emails, only acceptance emails.
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