Dear Landon,

We feel we have given your poems an honest, unprejudiced and objective read.

On the one hand, death in childbirth is always such a darling topic.

On the other hand, we had our doubts about your use of the television show The Facts of Life to explore this theme.

On the other hand, we appreciated such slant rhymes as: “Blair” with “whore” and “Nancy McKeon” with “funky chicken.”

On the other hand, didn’t Mrs. Garrett teach you about stanzas?

On the other hand, you make facile use of sprung rhythm.

On the other hand, your metaphors are mixed and could use a good pruning. You go from Mindy Cohn to a bagel to a uterus. Too much too soon.

On the other hand, your use of alliteration is enchanting. “Tootie’s tubes were tied but she tried anyway” is quite a line.

On the other hand, your enjambment is wonky.

On the other hand, your introduction of a young George Clooney makes for quite the majestic leap.

On the other hand, we’ve decided to pass.

Best,

The Editors