September’s Poetry Magazine arrived,
enveloped for delivery and protection
against prying postage worker eyes,
I see some familiar names
from our ModPo readings –
people/poets I’ve come across –
I don’t get out like I used to.
The MFA crowd is represented,
No doubt, and they shouldn’t be given
a bad name – they paid dearly
for that credential.
There is a stunning foldout page
not quite at centerline –
with some lovely geometric esoterica –
Euclid would appreciate such beauty.
And a collage close to true center,
with eye-catching artwork and word work.
Towards the back there’s the list
of contributors – more names are familiar
than my earlier estimate – one name
lives here in my building!
The competitions are at the every back.
I have submissions at the ready –
But I dread the thought of judgement
And rejection. So I hold them close.