What happens Now ?!
By a rejected poet
(Who shall remain unnamed.)
What is the first thing that crosses your mind when you receive a rejection letter, what’s the first thing that you do? I can tell you what I do almost every time; I reread whatever it was that I sent out to see if I can figure out why it did not get accepted. AND . . . I generally can find a reason if I look hard enough.
Or if I am truly blessed said editor might have written a comment or two on my perfectly constructed poem to let me know why he or she felt it was not good enough (They never actually say that, have you noticed?) for the publication I submitted to.
Then comes the tough decision, do I change my poem!? Rework and send it out again?? OR . . . do I get something good to eat or drink and think about what an idiot that poetry editor is? If I am having a good day I will reflect on my wasted genius and rework the poem. If I am having a bad day you could very well hear me talking to myself in your neck of the woods about that moron of an editor who wouldn’t know a good poem in it bit him or her, on the, you know where.
Although you very well might identify with this little bit of nonsense I am having so much fun writing; you could be wondering if by any stretch of the imagination I have a point to this rambling rant. Which I might add, is a very good question. Because I do have a point, and that is be prepared for anything, even the possibility that an editor might not be able to recognize your obvious genius. You know most poets were not thought of as geniuses until they were dead for awhile anyway, so you have a ways to go before you get there, if you are reading this.
So send that poem out again, who knows what might happen. After all, you’re reading this bit of tripe aren’t ya?