You don’t have to be a Mets fan (why would you ever be?) to love Gary Carter. This is from the 1984 press conference welcoming him to New York. Montreal would never be the same.
From the submissions page at Hippocampus Magazine:
Just because we pass on a particular submission does not mean it does not have merit; we publish 8-12 pieces per issue, and this often means turning away strong work. Sometimes it’s as simple as an essay with similar theme or style was recently published. Do not take editorial decisions personally. Just sitting down and getting your thoughts on paper is a task for which you should feel great pride—not everyone can do it. Every piece of writing has value. We feel it is important to spread the message of being persistent and diligent in your search for publication. Never let rejection discourage you from sharing your story. Just because it is not right for us or right for us at this time does not mean it will not find a more fitting or timely home. Write on.
“In Poland,” Herbert once stated, “we think of the poet as prophet;
he is not merely a maker of verbal forms or an imitator of reality. The poet expresses the deepest feelings and the widest awareness of people….
“The language of poetry differs from the language of politics. And, after all, poetry lives longer than any conceivable political crisis.
“The poet looks over a broad terrain and over vast stretches of time. He makes observations on the problems of his own time, to be sure, but he is a partisan only in the sense that he is a partisan of the truth. He arouses doubts and uncertainties and brings everything into question”
Quoted on the From the Editors page at the UCity Review.
This quatrain by Linda Hoffman Kimball is lovely.
She comes from the Mormon tradition; my ancestors were Catholic and German Reformed. But this reminds me so much of the land where I live, and the old German tradition of “Harvest Home.”
Check out this poem by Andrew Bertaina at Rejection Letters.
I found this poem years ago and come back to it often. Read it here at Harvard Review.