In collaboration with the MWPA, Portland Poet Laureate Gibson Fay-LeBlanc launched Deep Water, a weekly poetry column for the Maine Sunday Telegram. Each edition of Deep Water includes a brief introduction by Fay-LeBlanc contextualizing the week’s poem.

Like a beach with a sudden drop-off, the best poems put you in the cold ocean without warning: the sand under your feet falls away, your heart thuds in your chest, and it’s all you can do to stay afloat. The column focuses on poems with deep water in them, in their sudden change in temperature, in their ability to grab a reader’s attention, and in their marriage of form and content.


Deep Water launched in September, 2016. A complete archive of the poems can be found HERE.


Deep Water is currently closed for submissions. It will re-open for submissions by late 2018. If you’re interested in submitting at that time, here are the guidelines:

+ Most poems chosen will be 35 lines or less, including stanza breaks.

+ Please submit 3-5 poems.

+ Submissions will only be accepted online via Submittable between xx and xx.

+ Poems should be written by Maine poets or non-Mainers writing about Maine.

+ For more information and full submission guidelines, please click HERE.

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