Notes on the Poetry Selections

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June 21, 2019 by The Citron Review

One of my favorite things about Citron’s poetry is its range and the diversity of voices therein—and that a Citron issue—as well as a Citron poem— has a voice, and the voices have voice. Sometimes I get asked what kinds of poems does Citron accept, or what does Citron look for in a typical submission. My answer, this time, is the kind of poems in our summer issue. There is snow in our summer issue, and not to be contrarian. There is humor, terminal cancer, and levity. There is an examination of technology and subsequent transformation rarely seen in contemporary poetics. There is the perspective of a young girl, smart, and adept at mayhem. There is the true story of Albanian sworn virgins. There is the work of famed sculptor Alexander Calder, with the real exhibit being the passing of a relationship. Somehow, and the quality of the work notwithstanding (the poems are stunning), it all works together. These poems remind me of the value of the humanities and of poetry: to provide perspective on the human experience, and in the case of poetry, though a careful calibration of language, syntax, and craft so that we forget we are reading a poem at all, and our suspension of disbelief needs no tug to pull us into that space of forgetting time.

I hope you’ll carve out some to sit with the poems and the prose (creative nonfiction/fiction). I’m proud to work with such talented writers and editors, and I think the work that is featured in Citron invites a second read.

Enjoy summer.

Eric Steineger
Managing Editor and
Senior Poetry Editor
The Citron Review


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