This is good, solid advice, Thomas. Thank you taking the time to stress so many important points for us to remember when we write and submit our poetry. I especially like your emphasis on not using trite phrases. It’s an easy trap to fall into, but if we stay focused on our purpose and our personal voice, it makes it a little easier to choose our words and images with greater care.

Deborah Barchi has recently retired from her career as a librarian and now has time to read, explore nature, and write poetry and essays.

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