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    REJECTION SLIPS

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    Dewell H. Byrd

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    Age : 87
    Location : Central Point, OR

    REJECTION SLIPS

    Post  Dewell H. Byrd on Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:08 pm

    There's got to be a poem in there somewhere.  Please help me find it.  Dewell

    REJECTION SLIPS

    Here I stand by the mail box
    ripping open rejection slips
    from NEW YORKER, again.

    They say they want short, skinny
    poems with few words that don't
    make no sense to any body.

    I've got more of these slips than
    Carter has seed oats or little
    liver pills in Monkey Wards catalogue.

    I write long, tall, walking along
    poems about strolling a country road
    holding hands with a dimpled,

    pigtailed girl from Sunday school
    skipping stones, making plans for
    when we get all grown up.

    Guess I'll cut one of my poems
    from 250 words to 25 that even I don't
    understand, post it on the back of

    a rejection slip, get paid big bucks.

       -Dewell H. Byrd
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    tsukany

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    Amen

    Post  tsukany on Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:16 am

    Dewell

    I feel your pain.  I am grateful to know I'm not alone in the poem pool.

    Todd

    Karen

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    Join date : 2014-10-25
    Age : 64
    Location : North Little Rock

    Uh-oh.

    Post  Karen on Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:19 am

    I fear I am the author of those short skinny poems that don't make no sense to any body. 

    So how come The New Yorker ain't beatin' down my door?

    I think you've found the poem.  Now to find a home for it, in a publication that doesn't use poems nobody understands. 

    The Phrase That Pays for me:  Monkey Wards.  If you don't do anything with this poem, you've got to use Monkey Wards again.  I hadn't heard it in years.  It set the tone, in my book.

    One change I would make.  "walking along" to "walking-along".

    I double-dog-dare you to pare this poem to the bone, just for fun.

    Pat

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    I'm with you. . .

    Post  Pat on Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:11 pm

    It's not easy being a poet and wanting to publish.  I guess we have to match poem with journal or mag.  How do you do that?  : l   Did they really tell you they want skinny poems that make little sense or no sense?  Shocking.  Cute ending.  You are definitely speaking about rejection of good work.   We all know the sting of it.  
    This is what I call a great therapeutic poem.  It helps the poet to write it. . . .then, on we go.  I think it'd be a good contest poem, Dewell.  Might try it in contests where poets will appreciate it.

    Dewell H. Byrd

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    REJECTION SLIPS

    Post  Dewell H. Byrd on Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:19 pm

    Here's a NEW YORKER version of my RANT.  Dewell

    Accepted For Publication

    New Yorker
    wants
    skinny poems,
    few words,
    sense
    not required.

    I write
    strolling poems,
    pigtailed girls,
    skipping stones.

    Guess I'll
    post on
    back of
    rejection slip
    get big
    bucks.

    -D.H.B.

    Karen

    Posts : 282
    Join date : 2014-10-25
    Age : 64
    Location : North Little Rock

    Re: REJECTION SLIPS

    Post  Karen on Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:47 pm

    I should know better than to double-dog-dare you. 

    Version II also works!

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