Object Lessons: Rantings of a Lone Pamphleteer
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Done with Poetry

I've been working on my poetry for three months now, and have a complete chapbook (50 pages) which I've submitted to four contests. Ever hopeful some contest judge will recognize my brilliance, I'm reminded of a great rejection letter, a copy of which I found posted at the Comstock Review.

Actual Chinese Rejection Slip:

"We have read your manuscript with boundless delight. If we were to publish your paper, it would be impossible for us to publish any work of a lower standard. And as it is unthinkable that, in the next thousand years, we shall see its equal, we are, to our regret, compelled to return your divine composition, and
to beg you a thousand times to overlook our short sight and timidity."

If you really want a giggle, and you're a writer of any sort, you'll appreciate some rejection slips from Working Poet.

Think kind thoughts.





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