One of the Things I Love
OK, so rejection happens often to poets. Cultural rejection. Rejections in bars. Etc. But today I'm thinking about the rejections that come in the mail. The little slips of paper that we've all gotten so used to.
Of course, now it looks like journals are starting to find it better to go to the online submission: The Kenyon Review, Fence, and others. I think jubilat is moving to that as well?
Do you like this move? Have you had a nice exchange with the submission engine? I'm ambivalent about it. But I haven't yet had much experience with it so far. There seems so little room for a human to respond to one . . . they don't even have to lick an envelope . . .
What I'm thinking about is the paper rejections that keep the postal system in business. What an interesting exchange. One sends poems to Journal X, and then in several months one gets the "Thank you, but" note. Or perhaps a smiley-face drawing.
Today I recieved what I consider the best rejection I've ever gotten. Here's the note:
"Real talent here. I
find them a little
detached in tone, though.
I share this, not because there's the nice nod to talent (one so likes to be called talented!), but to the way that the editor (whom I've met and respect) is honest and specific. I can tell by this, two things:
1) I value detachment. Excellent! (All those Louise Gluck books I've read have finally started paying off, it seems.)
2) My poetry will most likely not ever do well at this journal.
So, what is your favorite rejection, and why? (Please support your answer with specific examples from the text. )