Writing starts from the world—doesn’t it?—something you see or hear, or hear about. Newspapers. TV. Restaurants. Coffee Shops. Family Reunions. Bus Stops . . . a “trigger,” was how Richard Hugo put it, and it arrives from anywhere, anytime, like meteors, fish bites, hail, or dawn. Sometimes it can be as simple as a word. Take sabotage, coming to us from sabot, the French word for wooden shoe. The first instances of “sabotage” were likely peasant revolts against oppressive landowners,...
Oh, yes—like most poets and writers, I receive rejection letters:
- Some are merely form notes, pre-printed.
- Some are form notes asking the poet/writer to send work again.
- A few are form notes with personal, hand-written notes added, complimenting the work and asking to see more of it. Or personalized emails.
- A very few are personal letters or emails that mention specifics about work and ask to see more.
In this era of...
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