Poetry at the Post: Feeling Abandoned by the Muses Or Too Many Rejection Letters This Week

On Quitting
BY EDGAR ALBERT GUEST
How much grit do you think you’ve got?
Can you quit a thing that you like a lot?
You may talk of pluck; it’s an easy word,
And where’er you go it is often heard;
But can you tell to a jot or guess
Just how much courage you now possess?…

Detail of painting The Muses Urania and Calliope by Simon Vouet, in which she holds a copy of the Odyssey
Detail of painting The Muses Urania and Calliope by Simon Vouet, in which she holds a copy of the Odyssey

I read somewhere that one way to deal with rejections is to display them on a wall of shame… so here are my additions for yesterday.

August 12, 2015

Thank you for sending us “Crossing Boundaries”. We appreciate the chance to read your submission; however, we feel the work is not quite the right fit for our journal at this time.
We wish you all the best with your poetry and creative endeavors.

August 12, 2015

Thanks again for sharing this. There were many excellent poems submitted to this challenge, with range of excellent responses, but we received 117* poems in total, and the artist and I could each only pick one.

(*Somehow telling me the number—which is really quite small–makes me feel  worse.)

Last night I vowed to quit poetry but as of this morning I’m leaning slightly more to the category “maybe not.”

The Muses Melpomene, Erato, and Polyhymnia, by Eustache Le Sueur
The Muses Melpomene, Erato, and Polyhymnia, by Eustache Le Sueur

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