What We’re Drawn To

We gravitate toward poetry that:

– creates an integrated whole of language, form, and meaning

– accompanies a reader by being an expert guide to its own terrain

– works by showing

– is efficient and clear, even when complex

– moves with sure momentum and a sense of trajectory

– is alive to and interested in its own relationship to language

– is aware of the complexities in our relationship to, in, and apart from nature

– sees into, explores, plumbs, illuminates, and situates being human

– connects, reveals, surprises


– makes us say “yes.”