32 Poems seeks reviews of recent poetry collections for online Prose Features. For us, poetry is a collaboration between poets and readers, and reviews allow that dialogue to become public. We believe that reviews shouldn’t simply be about good writing; they should be good writing. With that in mind, we aim to introduce our readers to the diverse talents of reviewees and reviewers as well as offer a space for important discussions about craft. While we prefer reviews that eschew ascerbic zingers and aesthetically dogmatic whistle-blowing, we enjoy thoughtful criticism that accounts for a collection’s weaknesses and the various challenges facing contemporary poets.
Potential reviewers should consider the following guidelines and suggestions:
- We prefer longer reviews of 1,000+ words as we believe that this length allows for sustained exploration and questioning, whereas shorter forms usually contain only evaluation.
- Avoid passive voice. (Don’t tell us what the poems are, but rather consider how they act on a reader.)
- Consider how this collection relates to others stylistically and thematically.
- Consider how the collection operates as a project as well as in individual poems.
Reviews accepted for publication may still require editing or revision, in which case reviewers will work with prose editor Emilia Phillips to prepare the text for publication.