Danielle Cadena Deulen, Poetry Series Editor
What tends to catch my attention first in a manuscript is a distinctive voice. That voice might portray a tone that is primarily oracular, or ironic, or pensive, or sarcastic, or vulnerable, or breezy—but the phrasing should be clear, utterly original, and should project a definite persona. I appreciate musicality in the language of poetry, whether it be through received forms, general cadences, or just interesting sonic texture. I also appreciate specificity, both in rhetoric and in image: the more carefully wrought a poem seems, the more time I give to it. In terms of subject, I firmly believe that good poetry might be about anything, but as of late I’m most taken with poetry that is either politically engaged or interpersonally illuminating: either very public, or very private. My ideal poetry manuscript would show variety in tone and form but still manage to read as unified. I look forward to reading your work!