Indolent Books is seeking poems for our online poem-a-day feature, What Rough Beast.
What Rough Beast is a poem-a-day project launched in response to the Trump presidency and everything it implies for the erosion of freedom and justice. While the series arose in response to the election of Mr. Trump, we avoid poems about Mr. Trump himself, unless the poet can REALLY pull off political satire—but that is rare.
We seek personal poems that directly or obliquely respond to the resurgence of racism, sexism, misogyny, homophobia, trans phobia, antisemitism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, anti-immigrant sentiment, anti-refugee sentiment, and the assault on justice—racial, social, economic, and environmental (human rights, civil rights, reproductive rights, voting rights, etc.).
We value poems that use all the resources of poetry. We do not want poems about Trump per se—definitely not satiric attacks on his hair, hands, etc. Pointed critique is okay when the poet can really pull it off; but again, that is rare, and the poem must above all be a good poem.
In other words—This series is not "about" Trump per se. WE REPEAT: It's not about Trump.
IMPORTANT: Poems submitted for this series must be previously unpublished.
SUBMIT up to 10 poems or 10 pages of poetry in a Word file. NOT PDF. Word.
INCLUDE a brief bio that includes in the following order: Any books published; any journals in which poems have appeared; any anthologies in which poems have appeared; a few other personal or professional details of your choice.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a poem-a-day series, and as we work our way through the Submittable queue, we pick a poem and post it immediately without notifying the author beforehand. You'll get your acceptance email via Submittable within a few minutes of the poem being posted, but not in advance of the poem being posted. Please be sure you are comfortable with that modus operandi when you decided to submit work.
We look forward to receiving and reading your work.