How Many Poems Did You Read Last Month?

The short answer seems to be 892. Eight hundred and ninety-two poems. But wait, there’s more! If you’re a fan of Tar River Poetry, you probably know that we have two submission categories. You can submit for free, and we (the staff and I) read and respond to your submission as soon as we have time. Or […]

Perusing the Inbox

PERUSING THE INBOX: IN SEARCH OF A TAR RIVER POETRY POEM 1.  In the 1964 United States Supreme Court obscenity case Jacobellis vs. Ohio, Justice Potter Stuart declared that he was incapable of “intelligibly” defining hard-core pornography. “But,” Potter famously continued, “I know it when I see it.” 2.  Some time ago the editor of Tar River […]

Three Highlights from TRP’s Annual Report

1.  “Our two open submission periods during this reporting period were September 2016 and February 2017. During those two months we received 3,835 poems. We accepted 93 and declined 3,742—a 2.4% acceptance rate. In 2009, a submissions-tracking website for writers, ranked Tar River Poetry as one of the Top 25 Most Challenging Poetry Markets […]

William H. Gass: A Remembrance

I was saddened to hear this week of the death of William H. Gass, who was my teacher and served on my MFA thesis committee. He was the most learned person I have ever known. He was frighteningly learned, intimidatingly learned. He had a scholar’s familiarity with and understanding of the entirety of Western philosophy […]