Policy made plain.
Aug. 21 1998 3:30 AM

Calling all poets.

Calling All Poets


Since Slate's first issue, which included a poem by Seamus Heaney, we have published only poems solicited by our poetry editor, Robert Pinsky. That policy has helped to establish Slate as a place to read and publish poetry. The policy was also a necessity, since we didn't have a way to screen submissions. Now, with a screening system in place, we are pleased to announce that we are accepting submissions of unsolicited poetry.

Now listen closely. Poetry submitted for publication must be sent by snail mail (i.e., stamped paper mail) and accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. (No e-mail submissions, please.) Manuscripts should have the author's name and address on each page and should be sent to Slate Poetry, 236 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215. And don't forget the envelope!

Slate publishes one poem every week. You can read it and also listen to it in the voice of the author (or, if the author is dead, in the voice of Robert Pinsky). Click here for this week's poem, and here for a complete list of and links to poems published in Slate.

Slate Week Off, Um, We Mean, Slate Special Issue


Time magazine, we hear, is putting out a special issue today, Wednesday, because of the historic importance of this week's events involving oral sex in the White House. This special issue will replace next week's regular issue of Time. Here at Slate we also are closing a full week's issue today, but to be honest it's simply because it's August and we want Thursday and Friday off.

On second thought, though, why be honest? We're not under oath or anything. And heck, even if we were ...

So, we hereby declare this a Slate Special Issue: Oral Sex and Beyond: A Historic Week in Washington: Clinton: Will He Survive? To recover from the weightiness of it all, we will be posting Slate Lite through Friday, Aug. 28. It's not all that lite. "Today's Papers" will continue to be posted (and e-mailed) every day. "The Week/The Spin," "Pundit Central," "International Papers," "Summary Judgment," "Explainer," "Chatterbox," "Culturebox," "Moneybox," "The Breakfast Table," "The Book Club," "Diary," and "News Quiz" will appear as usual. Next week's diarist will be James Fallows (beginning Monday, Aug. 24), and next week's Breakfast Table conversation (also beginning Monday) will be between Lucianne Goldberg and Erik Tarloff. And, of course, any important development in the news (war, for example, or a new semen stain) may well drag us in off the shuffleboard court.

Some readers have vigorously objected to the amount of attention the media in general and Slate in particular are devoting to the scandal we call Flytrap. As a service to these readers, we have set up a special page listing, and linking to, all Slate's Flytrap coverage. Flytrapophobes can use this page to learn which Slate articles they may wish to avoid.

--Michael Kinsley