Saturday, September 5, 2015

Rejection Letter

By the time I was fourteen the nail in my wall would no longer support 
the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it.  I replaced the nail with a spike
and went on writing.
--- Stephen King

Next rejection letter I get,
I'm gonna answer, Dear Sir:

I'm not surprised that you find my lines
unfit for publication.

Rhyme and making sense both seem
beneath your education.

And a reading of your own work proves
you've a little infatuation

with high art
that makes you look smart
and leaves the heart

alone.

55 words (excluding the quote) for Kerry at Real Toads

19 comments:

Gail said...

I fear you grow tired of hearing this but...WOW! I'm sorry my vocabulary is so limited.

Marion Lawless said...

Amen, hallelujah, & pass the grits & gravy. You've touched upon a pet peeve of mine: so-called highbrow (stinking, rotten) poetry that not even Stephen Hawking could understand...on one of his good days. Why write poetry if NOBODY can understand it? And why PUBLISH the crap & skip over our masterpieces????? :-) I hate 99% of the poems I've read in The New Yorker (at the library...there's not enough good content to subscribe).

THANK YOU, MZ. I'd love to see your poetry in any publication. I'm sitting here reading "Gemini/Scorpio/Capricorn". Truth!!! xo

Susan said...

Getting right to the heart of the matter!

Katy Magee said...

Yeeeessssss!
Bravo!

Sylvia K said...

YES, YES and YES!!!!! And no one says it better!!!

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Perfect 55! :D

Hannah said...

Awesome quote and poem MZ!

Fireblossom said...

Zinggg! And another fifty dollar phony bites the dust!

georgeplaceblog said...

Thank goodness someone 'splained it to me. I thought I was just uneducated : )

kaykuala said...

Give it as it is. It certainly comes with gusto! Well penned MZ!

Hank

Sioux said...

Sadly, too many people have that infatuation.

grapeling said...

if his eyes don't burn... they should ~

Kerry O'Connor said...

Well said! I do not think that editors and other doyennes of the literary world really have a finger on the pulse of the modern trends in poetic expression. It is a closed shop for cronies and pseudo-intellectuals.
(That's my P.S. to your letter.)

Yvonne Osborne said...

Love love love.

So much writing that warrants publication today leaves my heart alone. And (my opinion)some work coming out of MFA programs all sounds (reads) the same. Poetry should move you, strum a cord in our shared human experience, not make you feel.....empty and bewildered.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Nice! We'd all like to write that letter, I think – rejecting the rejection.

brudberg said...

Ha, I avoid rejection letters by never submitting, but sending an answer like this would give me some satisfaction. ;-)

Magaly Guerrero said...

I think I would pay to see what those final lines would do to the face of the one sending the rejection letters...

Lolamouse said...

Amen! Never mind the critics. Keep arting!

Other Mary said...

I'd like to borrow that!