Thank you for your submissions to XXXXXXXX. After consideration I have decided not to accept them for publication in the magazine. Sorry. Your poems are expressed economically and are of interest but seem incomplete to me. There is no juxtaposition, no playing off of two separate images to communicate an experience or insight. If you are planning to submit work to future issues of the magazine, I would advise looking at the haiku featured on the XXXXXXXX website. Most of them use juxtaposition, with the poets typically cutting the poem into two unequal parts, inserting a break after the first or second line. It may also be useful to look at the essays by YYYYYYYY also on the website.
poppies outside the lines