I really don't know why I dislike Hayden’s Ferry Review. True: I once submitted and was rejected. False: this is the reason for my dislike. Why do I dislike this journal so much? I should love HFR. I'm a proud graduate of Arizona State. I even know one of the poetry editors!
HFR was one of the first journals I started reading when I first began to write poetry at ASU. Along with Crazyhorse, Poetry Northwest and Poetry. I spent hours in the library reading back issues. I always found something to love in the other journals. But I don't recall loving any poems in the HFR issues. That doesn't sound right. I'm sure they've published some amazing poems.
Hayden's Ferry Review now has a blog. Sigh.
I apologize to the folks over at HFR. This is an illogical post. And I haven't read an issue of HFR for over three years. I'm sure they're publishing good work these days. Look at the list of contributors in the latest issue. Very impressive!
Still I would never submit again.
Why do I dislike the journal? I wish I knew.