"You are not knife wound, not sword swallower, not fallout. You are sky."


Some good news today - I’ve just found out that one of my poems will be appearing in the anthology “Again I Wait For This To Pull Apart,” forthcoming via FreezeRay Press and edited/curated by the absurdly talented Hanif Willis-Abdurraquib. I’m already starting to hear the trickle of news coming from other poets in this anthology…this one’s gonna be a killer collection, y’all!

I’m not sure yet when information will be available on how you can get your hands on a copy of this, but when I know I’ll be sure to pass it on. A tremendous thanks to Hanif for believing in the poem, and to Rob ‘Ratpack Slim’ Sturma, Commander In Chief at Freeze Ray Poetry, for helping make everything happen.


Think of a part of your body that you have treated poorly or unkindly. Now write an apology to it from the rest of you.


Dear William James,

Thank you for sending us [six other poems]. Our panel of editors appreciated the opportunity to review [them]. Unfortunately, we’ve decided that this piece is not right for Winter Tangerine Review. Sometimes, we do have to reject pieces we think have literary and artistic merit simply because they don’t fit in with our journal’s tone.

We wish you the best of luck with your Poetry. Thank you again for your interest.


Yasmin Belkhyr


Dear William James ,

Thank you for sending us “Godmouth.” Our panel of Poetry editors appreciated the opportunity to review it. We really liked many aspects of this piece, but unfortunately, it doesn’t quite fit in WTR. While we’re not able to place Godmouth, we were impressed by your style and we’d be interested in any other work you’d like to submit.

We wish you the best of luck with your Poetry . We look forward to seeing any future work.


Yasmin Belkhyr

And we tasted every definition of bittersweet
The things we said about where we are and where we need to be
The things we said about singing
The things we said about what we have become
The things we said about struggling
The tension is breaking my bones

Old Accusers - “Skipping Stones”

POETRY REJECTION #38/100: Sixth Finch


Thanks for submitting to Sixth Finch—we really appreciate you sharing your work with us. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a fit this time, but we hope you’ll keep us in mind in the future.


Sixth Finch

If ever you were curious as to what my “getting ready to compete in a slam” process looks like, it’s basically just this band for several minutes.

POETRY REJECTION #37/100: Switchback

Dear William,

Thank you for submitting a sampling of your poetry for consideration. Unfortunately, we are unable to find a suitable place for it at this time. We encourage you to revise or submit new work during the next reading period for our next issue. Thank you, once again, for your interest in Switchback.





You are not what happened to you.



Dear writers, dear artists, dear antelopes, dear firecrackers,

If you’ve been waiting for a sign to submit to WTR, here it is.

Winter Tangerine Review has opened our final 72-HOUR free-for-all submission period for Volume Four!  You can submit an unlimited amount of pieces (art, poetry, prose, film, and dramatic writing!), and receive a decision in three days or less. We’re hungry. Send it all.

The Flash Mob Period will also signal the (almost!) end of submissions for our fourth volume! This’ll be the last time you can submit to WTR in 2014. Don’t think about it. Don’t put it on your To-Do List. Just do it. Send us your work. We’re really excited to review it.

Last submission period, we received over 700 submissions during our Flash Mob period and like we said before, we can definitely beat that! Use hashtag #wtrflashmob on Twitter after submitting for a chance to win eBooks of all of WTR’s volumes so far! Shout out to Jacinta White and Grace Gorski who won one year subscriptions to WTR during our last Flash Mob period!

This is your last chance to submit to WTR before we close submissions until 2015!

What are you waiting for ? SUBMIT NOW!

I just fired off a batch of poems myself!

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