Notes on the Poetry Selections

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September 23, 2020 by The Citron Review

As I write this note for the fall issue, pileated woodpeckers are destroying my house. Beautiful creatures they are, and protected at the federal and state level. Apparently, there are ways to deter them from boring holes in the siding and pecking out the insulation, though I have not found them. I do have tinfoil over the holes (woodpeckers hate shiny objects) and a birdhouse I plan on hanging later this afternoon. Of course, a woodpecker problem pales in comparison to what is happening in our country and the world. 

It occurs to me that running outside to grab a ladder whenever I hear that muffled jackhammer sound is not the best course of action. Nor does it present an opportunity for growth. Instead, 

I should do more research, reflect on past remedies, get creative on how I approach this inconvenience, consider things from the woodpecker’s point of view. Seriously. 

The dual nature of the poetry selections for the fall issue are apparent and imbue the poems with an extra dimension. Is it time? Is it this notion that everything has a twin? Maybe there are two realities humans experience: what is happening in real time and what is happening in the  occasionally-surrealist domain of the mind. We experience life, on a micro level, in the form of chores, alarm clocks, jobs, and more. But we experience life on a macro level too: climate change, civil unrest, and the predicament of our brothers and sisters across the globe is only a fraction of what exists beyond our immediate environment. 

Poetry, when done well, is a striking balancer of micro and macro, of emotion and precision. 

Here are the selections, in order, for the fall issue:

Michele Reese – “Growing Up”
Michele Karas – “Ghost Bird”
Colin Bailes – “On Triumph”
Lindsey Warren – “Vesper”
Fasasi Abdulrosheed Oladipupo – “Like a Balcony”
Hannah Kroonblawd – “At the Psyche Mirror”

I appreciate everyone who thinks of Citron. We survive because of you. 

One of the biggest litmus tests I have for the poems we publish at Citron is their ability to compel a reader to return to attempt to exhaust their mysteries or to bask in their calculus of language, emotion, and euphony. We landed on six poems for the fall issue because four was not enough. Be safe, all. We hope you enjoy the poems and our fall issue. 



Eric Steineger
Managing Editor
Senior Poetry Editor
The Citron Review



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