The Cleave Poetry Webzine [ISSN: 1758-9223]

Editorial Status

In announcement on November 19, 2008 at 8:10 am

Editorial Status.

We have been in ‘Proof of Principle’ mode since the launch of The Cleave Webzine.

This meant an inevitable mixture of quality, practice and experimentation – good for the beginning.

My aim was to prove the viability of the Cleave poetic form – I believe this has been proved, to a greater extent than I had envisaged. Thank you all.

Therefore, I will to take The Cleave to the next stage.

I will call it, for want of a better phrase, the Editorial Feedback stage.

If I believe a submission can be improved I will give feedback, along some of the following points, usually in question form rather than specifying how it should be changed to:

  1. Depth: What is the theme, what is the point – so what?
  2. Craft: Does each poem work on its own and together?
  3. Communication: Is it clear; does it communicate?
  4. Experimentation: Is it pushing the envelope?

This may lead to a reduction in quantity but will lead to an increase in quality.

The change will come into effect on the 1st of December 2008.

I hope this will be acceptable to all.

The Editor


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