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Along with guest editor John Gorman, Mutabilis invites submissions from poets with a connection to Texas for its forthcoming anthology, The Enchantment of the Ordinary.

We are looking for poems that express joy in the solidity and value of everyday objects—or their power to denote pathos and tragedy—and /or the poet’s power to transfigure elements of the everyday world by seeing them in the light of closest attention. Does the spell of the ordinary change the viewer?  Or does the viewer’s concentrated focus super charge and transform the ordinary?

To help you get started, the following list of poems demonstrates the broad interpretation of the theme the press wants to capture in the anthology. They include:

  • Elizabeth Bishop – The Fish
  • Lucille Clifton – Homage To My Hips
  • Gwendolyn Brooks – Boy Breaking Glass
  • Sylvia Plath – Lady Lazarus and Black Rook in Rainy Weather
    Li-Young Lee – From Blossoms
  • W.S. Merwin – To The Mistakes
  • Lois-Ann Yamanaka – Boss of the Food
  • Kay Ryan – A Certain Meanness of Culture


  • 1-3 poems, in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, with a max of 120 lines for all three poems submitted (This count includes titles and spaces between stanzas).
  • Poems should be single spaced, with a double space between stanzas.  Our publishing format requires that you have no more than 70 characters (including letters, spaces, and punctuation) in each line.
  • No simultaneous submissions or previously published poems—print or online, including poems posted on personal websites or social network websites. Do not submit more than once.
  • Non-English poems must include an English translation to be considered.
  • For all submitters, please include a brief bio of no more than 100 words. Bios that exceed that limit are subject to editing should your work be selected. Please include your connection to Texas in your bio.
  • Poems will be accepted only from JANUARY 20, 2018 TO MARCH 31. No late submissions.
  • All poems must be submitted online through Submittable. If you don’t have a Submittable account, click on the link, and you will be walked through opening one. There is no charge. Poems will not be accepted via email, postal mail, or hand delivery.
  • In the Poet’s Name box, put your name exactly as you want it to appear in print.
  • Each poem must appear in a separate attachment (acceptable file types are doc, docx, pdf, rtf). The title of each uploaded document should be the same as the title of the poem.
  • Do not put your name or any other identifying information in the title of the attached file or on the poems themselves. Our judges read all poetry submissions without knowing who wrote the poem.
  • There is no entry fee. Payment for accepted poems is one copy of the anthology. Poets will be notified of results no later than the end of June 2018.