New England Review editor, Carolyn Kuebler, introduces the publication’s new poetry editor, Rick Barot, in her Editor’s Note (v35.4). Not new to the publication, Barot was published in its pages in the past, then became a submissions reader. Kuebler writes that Barot “has a penchant for asking the hard questions, the big questions: What is NER for? What is our role in current events and conversations? What makes a piece of writing last beyond its immediate publication date? Must it, will it, should it? Why is so much of what we select so dark?” He turns these questions into conversation, and Kuebler shares what he comes to when considering works for the pages of NER. The Editor’s Note can be read in full here.