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Less Chase, More Golden Egg

Geese feature prominently in many of our most beloved adages. There’s the “goose that laid the golden egg.” There’s the time-consuming and frustrating experience of a “wild goose chase,” although, it’s important to remember at such times that “what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.”

The Wild Goose Poetry Review, however, is more likely to give pleasant rise to “goosebumps” by producing issues devoted entirely to “poetry worth reading.”

Based in Hickory and edited by Scott Owens, a poet and instructor of English at Catawba Community College, Wild Goose is an online journal of “poetry, reviews, and poetry-related news.” Best of all, every issue is FREE!

The Spring 2017 issue features familiar Tar Heel poets such as Lucy Cole Gratton and Richard Allen Taylor, as well as reviews of books by Irene Blair Honeycutt and Michael Parker. New this spring: a “Featured Editor” section that presents a repesentative sample of a Wild Goose editor’s work. For Spring, 2017, that editor is Lenoir-Rhyne University Senior History / Creative Writing major and Wild Goose Poetry Review Assistant Editor, Jordan Makant. Past contributors include John Amen, Sam Barbee, Maren O. Mitchell, Mary Ricketson, and Maria Rouphail. Some contributors have been published more than once.

Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, but close at the end of the month preceding the next issue’s publication. Issues are published quarterly (roughly) in mid February, May, August, and November, although this publication calendar has been a little less rigid over the past couple of years. The important thing is that the journal continues to publish.

Wild Goose looks for good contemporary poetry with no particular biases. Enjoy humor, strong imagery, strong lines, narrative, lyric, etc. Not a fan of abstraction, cliche, form for the sake of form, shock for the sake of shock. As in any good poem, everything should be purposeful. If accepted, a 100-word maximum comment on each poem will be requested. Choosing not to submit a comment will not alter the acceptance decision.

To submit, poets should send 3-5 unpublished poems in the body of an e-mail to Scott Owens at

Learn more about the Wild Goose Poetry Review on their website or follow them on Facebook.