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Wondering Why Your Poems Keep Getting Rejected? Indiana Review Offer a List of Possible Reasons

By Harriet Staff

Here are the top five reasons, according to the Indiana Review Editors, why poems get rejected.

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2. Over-associating. I’m not a minimalist by any means, but I do believe in earning your fireworks. Your winter breath is not a constellation of fireflies axeing their way through the winter like little lumberjacks. There’s not a hot air balloon filled with jackrabbits in your chest every time she looks at you like a prison guard bleeding sugar. I don’t care that it’s Tuesday. A poem ought to be, I think, more than just a collection of assorted images. What is your poem doing? What does it add up to? How is it governed?

Originally Published: September 27th, 2012