Simple Machines

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(906) 281-5902
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Like the lever, wedge, and screw, the poem, too, is a simple machine. Just as every poet is an engineer conditioned by material realities and working within the constraints of language, modifying motion and force to perform difficult labor. At the intersections of ecology, culture, and technology, Simple Machines is the waypoint. The past is an inhabited contradiction and the future is fluid. Simple Machines is especially attentive to to BIPOC and LGBTQ+ voices, to the pursuit of social justice, and to border crossings of all kinds. Simple Machines is committed of the embodied experience, dimensionality, materiality, and anachronistic shock of letterpress printing technologies and artifacts. As both metaphor and manifestation of the poet's engineered world, letterpress asserts technology’s central and concrete role in the creative process, past, present, and future. Located in Ojibwa (Chippewa) homelands and Treaty of 1842 territory, Simple Machines is published with the generous support of, and in collaboration with Michigan Technological University, The Copper Country Community Arts Center's Letterpress Studio, and readers and writers like you.

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Michigan Technological Uniersity
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M. Bartley Seigel
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Submissions Policy
Simple Machines examines all work in the order in which it was received. We accept for publication only poetry which to us seems best. We consider only original, previously unpublished poetry written in or translated into English; translations should include the poem in its original language. Limit your submission to a maximum of four poems in a single file, not to exceed ten pages, with poems separated by titles or page breaks. Do not make multiple submissions; please wait for a response to your submission before sending new work. We do accept simultaneous submissions, but if your work is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw it immediately from consideration. Acceptance for publication pays one contributor copy of the issue in which the writer’s poetry appears. Simple Machines does not provide individual criticism. We do not accept paper submissions. If you encounter a problem submitting, please contact Submittable by e-mail ([email protected]) or by phone: 855.467.8264.
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