a few words about emotional reading

5 Jan

When the work started to arrive via Submittable in the summer of 2014, we could not resist reading through the poems and stories as they accumulated. So the work, those characters and situations and metaphors and emotions, started to assume a shape. The tumble of home-related burdens at the center of each piece became our burden. We brought our best editorial eye to the work, studying style and development and form. But it was our best emotional eye, the burdens we brought to these submitted burdens, that formed our initial choices. The first cluster of accepted pieces — including a clot of work from Robert Fanning — became the center, the emotional center, of the issue. And the rest of the submissions were read with a split lens: one side trained on our own standard for technical quality, and the other side equally well-trained for raw emotion. Did the piece work? Were the images silty and the language fresh? And did our hearts fall into the work?

We wanted beauty. And we wanted damage. And dozens of artists created work that delivered both. And we are grateful.

Now they say it’s a new year. Another new call, then a reading window, then another issue, is ahead of us. And just know, whether you’re a writer or artist or reader, we remain dedicated to the split lens. We can hardly wait to continue reading and sharing.

Thank you for being part of our discovery.

3 Responses to “a few words about emotional reading”

  1. vinita18 January 5, 2015 at 07:26 #

    Pea Ricer Journal – when you write somemotively about what you’re looking for when you read our submissions , you inspire us to submit again! Love the weight you give to every word..the air you lend to every nuance. It’s a pleasure to join hands with you!

  2. vinita18 January 5, 2015 at 07:27 #

    Sorry about the typos…
    Pea River Journal – when you write so emotively…and so it goes

  3. Heather Hallberg Yanda January 5, 2015 at 15:03 #

    I’ve so rarely seen an editor’s thoughts on her process: I’m so glad you wrote this! And I love knowing more and more about how a journal comes together: I imagine it is much like
    finding the links between poems as I order them for a collection. So many different angles to take!

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