another daydream

another daydream

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Misfit


“ we enjoyed this piece and your writing voice “

“your piece was extremely strong and wonderful to read”

but…
“ … we were unable to find a place for it at this time”

“… not now, not for [us].  Although for others: little doubt let me add”

These are quotes from editors of literary journals that have declined my submissions. First the praise, the encouragement, then the slammer  -- the but or however. The door closes on possible housing for a poem in print with a roof over its head, a cover, and a place at the table of contents. 

I don’t fit, a misfit, but...
there’s some other place or time to belong, they say, and so I go foraging for a new trail, another lead, carrying my wares to the next village of editors.