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If You Have a Nonobjective Perceptual Response in the Form of Poetry, Submit to the LA Times

By Harriet Staff


The Los Angeles Times has responded to reader requests with a one-shot deal and has decided to give the POETS some room in which to board their inky wafers. “Calling all opinionated poets,” as the Opinion page has it:

But we’ve decided to make a one-time exception. We are inviting Op-Poetry submissions from readers, and on Sunday, Aug. 25, we’ll devote a page of our print section to the best of what comes in. And we’ll feature more of it on the Opinion website.

There aren’t any rules, and this isn’t a contest. But the Opinion editors will read all submissions and select what we consider the best to showcase. Any subject appropriate for an Op-Ed is fair game for your Op-Poetry — politics, culture, international relations, you name it. You should know going in that we are unlikely to pick anything for publication that contains foul or offensive language. We’re old-fashioned that way. We’d also encourage brevity, since we just don’t have room to publish the next “Gilgamesh.” And be sure that, after reading your poem, we know where you stand on the issue you’re writing about.

With all that in mind, if you have an opinion that can only be expressed in rhymed iambic pentameter or lively doggerel, in a haiku or limerick, now’s your chance to express it.

Looks like rain. For full submission details, go here.

Posted in Poetry News on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 by Harriet Staff.