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Friday, January 12, 2018

Rejection

The rejection project and the bad poetry project are natural twins (for obvious reasons!). I am sending my bad poems to very good journals. If I send out poems every day I am certain to be rejected a lot. And possibly even accepted a few times. What is brilliant about this is that you aren't even expecting acceptance, so any of those are just added rewards that don't even effect the overall success of the project.  It is greatly empowering, even for someone like me who is not particularly bothered by being rejected.

On the radio once I heard a book being read aloud. I don't know what the book was, but the theory was that if you asked out 100 women...  (You get the idea. I'm probably not remembering it correctly either; this was more than 20 years ago.) I'm in a relationship so this is not applicable, and I didn't have to ask out 100 women to get a girlfriend either, or even close to that.

4 comments:

Leslie said...

You must send one of the bad poems to Poetry. I really want to know what they will say.

Jonathan said...

They won't say anything, they'll just reject with no comments.

Leslie said...

I mean, to see if one gets in. I do NOT like Poetry and think it would be fun to get a Bad Poem in there.

Jonathan said...

It would be hilarious if one got in. Either someone got the joke or really thought it was "good."