That is the question I ask in this month’s .Haiku column.
Actually, it’s about my experience judging a contest for the North Carolina Poetry Society.
It has been a fun process. In the column, thoughts of editors filled my mind, especially the ones who have given me a hard time. And how right they can be! As I went through the submissions, it seemed to me that one of the most important attributes a poem could have is a link to the past. It is this link that lets me know which poets yearn to be part of the dialogue, which ones might stand on the shoulders of giants…
Ever see someone writing a poem who says, “Oh, I don’t really read poetry.”?