If you're a budding poet, seasoned verse writer or secret rhymer then Proost would like to hear from you. Right now we are looking for contributions for a new collection of poetry and we'd like you to be a part of it.
This is a collection written by (and for) people on deliberate spiritual journeys. You could say this about most poetry of course, but we are particularly interested in words concerned with what being a follower of Jesus might mean in our culture.
We are not really looking for 'Christian' poems. By this I mean poems written from a narrow religious perspective, using the language and theology of Church (with a big C.) Poems like this tend towards propaganda- they close down the questions. This will be a deliberately open, non-elitist collection. We are happy to include works from published poets, but Proost exists to encourage, agitate and to give voices to those who would not normally be heard- the awkward squad, those who have the gift of not fitting in. That is not to say that quality is not important too- but the way we understand quality is more to do with how well the poems become vehicles for other people to travel. Pure technical genius is not enough (but would be great!) Clever tricks with technique are not enough (Although they are fun if you are of a certain mind set!) However, words that move us, that catch the wind of the Spirit, that challenge, that question, that move us emotionally, spiritually- these are words we want to hear.
Poems should fit broadly into one of the following categories/chapter headings;
- The world is beautiful
- The world is broken
- Laughing out loud
- The far horizon
- Learning to love
We will select poems for the collection if they fit the broad (and generous) ethos of the book and if they are of a quality and spiritual depth that moves us. This means that some very good poems may not be selected. We hope that you will understand that we lack the resources to give feedback on the reasons for our editorial decisions.
We would impose no proscribed form on the poems, but broadly speaking poems should be no more than 35-40 lines.
You can send up to 8 poems- simply because we know how difficult it can be to choose. We hope that this too might be a way of gathering some more unusual voices- many of us have at least one pearl in amongst the pebbles.
Please send poems (in a word doc attachment) by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks so much