Wednesday, December 21, 2005


got a rejection from bryant literary review today. hey, at least they rejected me. there's a, ahem, PUBlication i submitted to nearly a year ago that hasn't gotten around to telling me off yet, despite the proclaimed 3-month response time. Also Rosebud, which never responded, despite my snail-mail queries from across the freakin' ocean. One night I got so stewed about it i sent the editor a bitchy email. whatever! i know editors are overloaded. i know they get a lot of crap poems. boy, do i know the energy it actually takes to comment helpfully on poems in any way (unless of course you LOVE it), so I apologize now to the Rosebud editor whoM i mouthed off to. smile! god, i feel all absolved now and everything!

i looked at the page and
the page was blank
i was holding the pen, also white
i held it poised
i held it posed
i pinched that sucker
but the page stayed blank
i looked at the page
it didn't say anything
but ah wait, yes
the page said wait


Bob Hoeppner said...

Good thing publication is just the hobby, and writing is the life, huh? Yeah, I've waited several months to hear from the Hudson Review. I don't mind the lack of response, for the reasons you mentioned, but it would be nice to have a definitive response so the rejected poems could be freed up for other submissions. No wonder some people multiple-submit!

SarahJane said...

bob -
I don't mind it when they say their response time is 3 months, or 6 months or 8 months... I only mind when they say it's 2 months and after 5 you haven't heard anything, even if you inquire. Or, in fact, you never ever hear anything, ever! in years!

The Blind-Winger Jones said...

You should both try submitting to Aesthetica magazine which is based here in York but has a global remit.

They're quick at making a decision and usually very encouraging.

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