“Sorry to be the bearer of bad news so soon after the holidays, but unfortunately this grouping of poems isn’t right for ***. Please don’t be discouraged — with so many poems coming in, the decisions of what to take to pass on are difficult, and often very subjective. Many — perhaps most — of the poems we publish are from poets who’ve missed the cut in the past. We don’t solicit work, so submissions truly are our lifeblood. We love to read them, so please keep submitting as more poems are ready.”
we must celebrate our defeats. i toast you with my coffee mug, anonymous editor, for your swift and polite response.