REJECTION SLIPS

View previous topic View next topic Go down

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

Dewell H. Byrd

Posts : 316
Join date : 2012-01-05
Age : 86
Location : Central Point, OR

View user profile

Back to top Go down

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
avatar
tsukany

Posts : 519
Join date : 2011-05-21

View user profile

Back to top Go down

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.
avatar
Karen

Posts : 249
Join date : 2014-10-25
Age : 63
Location : North Little Rock

View user profile

Back to top Go down

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.

Pat

Posts : 550
Join date : 2011-09-12

View user profile

Back to top Go down

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.

Dewell H. Byrd

Posts : 316
Join date : 2012-01-05
Age : 86
Location : Central Point, OR

View user profile

Back to top Go down

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!
avatar
Karen

Posts : 249
Join date : 2014-10-25
Age : 63
Location : North Little Rock

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: REJECTION SLIPS

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum