What Makes a Poetry Editor Sit Up and Take Notice?

So what exactly is it that makes a poetry editor sit up and take notice?

For Lighthouse a poem has to be very strong as there are four, sometimes five, editors to get past. Either we all like a poem or one or more editors has to love it enough to stand up and fight for it. I am going to try and quantify what makes a good poem. Of course these views are entirely personal.

A good poem should be:

All this of course, is purely my own opinion on what contributes to making a good poem.


Julia Webb, December 2016