Thanks to all for the kind comments about my poem, which I personally find a bit too prosy – I think I should’ve just made it a prose poem or a very short essay. Oh well.
Ernesto and Jarrett – Interesting feedback on the CFS. It hadn’t occurred to me that people might find that intimidating, or that my own poem here might offer a counterweight (but keep in mind that, if submitted, it very well might not make the cut!). For the first year and a half of qarrtsiluni’s existence, we didn’t publish theme descriptions at all – the notice in the sidebar was it. But now, yes, the guest editors have made an art form out of it. Beth and I occasionally request some changes in the interests of clarity or concision, but this time we just posted what Brent and Ken gave us.