No Feedback… Just A Quick response…
We hear you, poets! Several of you have been in touch urging TDR to offer a Fast Track response for poetry submissions. Well, we tried it for a few days and quickly found out that providing detailed feedback within 24 hours on up to three poems was verging on the impossible.
We could critique formal poetic elements, sure. But (!) in our opinion, part of providing meaningful feedback on a poem involves a deep reading and in-depth interpretation (or possible interpretation). We tried providing that for some of the early Fast Track poetry submissions and found that wasn’t at all what most poets were looking for.
Most of the poets who submitted via the Fast Track option didn’t want to know how we interpreted their work or what we thought the second stanza meant, or how we thought it could be improved. They simply wanted a quick answer to their submission. Okay, we get it. And, you know? We’re fine with that.
So here is our solution: