Sunday, January 06, 2019

Poetry Porch: Call for Submissions

Information courtesy of Jack Scully, forwarded from Joyce Wilson.


STORGĒ, or love for a teacher, mentor, or guardian

Submissions period: December 15, 2018, to February 15, 2019.

The Poetry Porch 2019 is looking for submissions: poetry, essays, stories, reviews. Poetry and prose pieces will be considered for publication.

The suggested theme is storgē (Greek: στοργή), the tender love for a teacher, after eros, agape, and caritas, and before philia (friendship) and xenia (hospitality). If eros is love as the forceful motivator, agape, a generous love for humankind, and caritas the love that seeks benefit for humankind, storgē is a tender affection for someone familiar. I’m thinking particularly about the bond between teacher and student, but it might be an affection for a relative or neighbor or community leader, someone who seems to further an unforced harmony in friendship. C.S. Lewis calls it the empathy bond. Milosz exemplifies it in his anthology of poems A Book of Luminous Things, in a poem on teaching a class about fragments, another on washing a father’s shirt, still another on observing the habits of one who is blind.

How many of us have experienced a unifying affection for a teacher who has opened doors for us, or a mentor who stayed by us as circumstances changed suddenly? Does our trust in guardian angels still exist? Would we recognize one? Some of us might have experienced a treasured relationship sour or lose its happiness qualifier and begin to smother.

I look forward to reading submissions over the next few weeks. If you have something that does not fit the theme, or that gives it a twist, send it along, and we will read it carefully. If you have questions about this prompt, please send them by email to

Joyce Wilson

December 2018

Poems: send 3 to 8 poems. We are looking for poetry that is formal or informal, that adheres to strict meter and rhyme or experiments with them, that is personal or objective, classical or modern, urban or pastoral. These should be original and not previously published.

Essays and Stories: These can be 300 to 4000 words in length and on a topic that we agree is literary and that shows an engagement with language.

Sonnets: We are interested in original unpublished sonnets to add to The Sonnet Scroll.

Reviews: Critical reviews (300 to 1500 words) of first books of poetry, collections, groups

of books, and chapbooks. Book reviews can discuss a current publication or introduce a book published in the past that might have been overlooked or that will justify a reconsideration. We suggest that the reviewer state what the author has set out to do and discuss how well he or she has done it, quoting specific examples from the original.

Email or US Mail: Send attachments (doc or docx or odt or pdf or rtf) or paste text into the message box to or through the link on The Poetry Porch pages. Or you may send hard copies through US mail to Joyce Wilson, Editor, The Poetry Porch, 158 Hollett Street, Scituate, MA 02066.

Contact Information: Please include contact information on every page of your submission (name, email, telephone, and postal mailing address) and a brief biographical statement to let us know who you are, how you heard about The Poetry Porch, where you have published, and other relevant information.

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