SQF: What are the top three things you look for in a submission and why?
Michael Grover: The first and maybe the only thing that I look for is to be moved. I guess aside from that I look for a general respect for the craft.
SQF: What most often turns you off to a submission?
MG: Formatting. I despise prose poems. Most I can read and pick out line breaks which tells me the author was just too lazy to put them in.
SQF: Will you publish a submission an author posted on a personal blog?
MG: Yes, it's their poem. I don't own it they do. A lot of zines I think get a little ridiculous about their policies in regards to that.
SQF: Is there a particular type (or types) of poetry you’d like to receive more of?
MG: Poems that say something. Other than just reaction. They can tell a story, convey a feeling. Poems can do many things.
SQF: Who are some of your favorite poets?
MG: Amiri Baraka was a personal hero of mine. It's been about a year since his death. It was a hard time. I also love the work of Jack Spicer, da levy, Doug Draime, Phillip Levine. The list can go on forever, but I think you get the picture.
SQF: What one question on this topic do you wish I'd asked that I didn't? And how would you answer it?
MG: The future of literature. We live in a society that it seems to me almost encourages ignorance. I know poetry has survived worse days and it will survive this.
Thank you, Michael. We all appreciate you taking time from your busy schedule to participate in this project.
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