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rejection ftl

i submitted poems to quarterly west on 1 dec 2008 and they rejected my poems yesterday 21 apr 2009

thats almost 5 months to read four quite short poems.

sometimes i handle rejection very well but yesterday i did not

i want to write quarterly west a letter and tell them to go fuck themselves but i’m not going to.

i have to agree, however, these 4 poems are pretty terrible. they’re the sort of poems you write when you don’t have anything else to write. they take phrases and repeat and twist and reverse them. it felt good at the time but in retrospect they’re terrible pieces of literature.

sometimes my poems embarrass me.


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