Tuesday’s post has me thinking about how hard it is to find good feedback, and a brief Googling of poetry forums only left me more curious. We’re always looking for ways to improve, but what could use improvement?
This blog allows anonymous comments, and I’d love for you to leave one. What do you really think? Any opinions or objections or questions — hit me with them. This seems like a good thing to do occasionally. If you don’t have a comment in mind, here are some questions:
–If you’ve read it (and listened), what do you think of the slam tribute? Was it worth doing? Was it enjoyable? Did you learn anything from it?
–What about the E-Reviews? We’re trying to publish any cohesive and thoughtful opinion, that’s reasonably written. I’ve had to turn down several reviews, but the acceptance rate is pretty high. We have reviews written by last year’s Pulitzer Prize winner, right next to those who are first publications. Is this a good policy? Are the reviews useful, or should we be more restricting?
–We publish a poem by Alan Fox in every issue. Does this bother anyone? Is this accountability? A curiosity? Vanity? I see it as a kind of editorial, but we’d stop doing it if people started to complain. No one ever has, though, and the only responses we receive have been positive. What do you really think?
–Does finding a RATTLE postcard in your mailbox piss you off?
–For the future, what tributes are more interesting — social group or stylistic groups? Greatest Generation or Slam Poetry?
–Is there anything wrong with the way we handle submissions? Have the contents of rejection letters bothered you (mentioning features of the website or the Rattle Poetry Prize, for example)?
–Speaking of the Rattle Poetry Prize, is there a way we might improve that? How do you feel about contests in general?
Answer any of these questions, or just use this as an opportunity to say anything that’s on your mind, good or bad. Just please do it anonymously, so you don’t feel inhibited. We won’t know unless you tell us.