Word Riot Favorites, Year Two

The publication of the new issue of Word Riot marks my second year as poetry editor. I love it. As I did last year, I’m going to celebrate by alphabetically presenting my ten favorite poems published in the previous twelve issues. Because feelings.

Last week someone found my blog by googling “What kinds of poems does Word Riot look for?” This is as close to an answer as I can provide:

Lyn Li Che’s “Ascent

Patrick Dundon’s “Poem Written While Being Stood Up

Catherine Gonick’s “Assisted Living

Luther Hughes’s “Clay

Gina Keicher’s “Date Night Climbing

Safwan Khatib’s “Icarus

Anna Meister’s “I Say Your Name

Jamie Mortara’s “Q&A

Chris Philpot’s “This Is Not Goodbye But You Should Go

Satarah Wheeler’s “Love on Mars


Word Riot Favorites, Year One

The publication of the new issue of Word Riot marks a full year of my serving as poetry editor. I’m enjoying reading submissions immensely, and this occasion seems worthy of celebration in some way.

So I’m going to link to my ten favorites, because reasons, in alphabetical order. Yes, I love all the poems I’ve published, but, you know, everyone has favorites. These are poems you need to read, if only so we can pretend they all got Pushcarts and Best Americans and whatnot:

Mary-Alice Daniel’s “Supermoon

Cody Ernst’s “Barn Paint

Suzi F. Garcia’s “Give Me a Rambling Plot Twist

Jeffrey Haynes’s “The Night You Were Dancing to “Shake Your Tailfeather” in the Kitchen and Were Rudely Interrupted

Carrie Murphy’s “Fat Daisies

Deonte Osayande’s “Crossfire

Amber Rambharose’s “Supergirl on Batgirl

Sam Sax’s “Putting on Emily Dickinson’s Clothes

Daniel Vlasaty’s “Make Believe Fish

Quinn White’s “Robbins on a Half Shell

I love when people leave their library receipts in the books and you get to see what other people check out.

Today I borrowed Mindy Kaling’s book from the library. I was very excited, because I love her, but it is largely self-indulgent and whatever. This is what the person who had it before me checked out with it:

– David Jacobson’s Of Virgins and Martyrs: Women and Sexuality in Global Conflict

– Eric Marcus’s What If?: Answers to Questions about What It Means to Be Gay and Lesbian

– Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye

There’s a story here.