Posted by: birdmaddgirl | 25 January 2012

i tell them what the smile on my face meant

i’ve mentally written a bunch of different posts that haven’t made it to the typytype stage yet. but here we are. so.

i’ve got a lot of very nice rejection letters for my poetry in the past year. lest this sound like a complaint, i want to make it clear that this pleases me immensely. having worked at a lit mag, i know that the volume of submissions can be overwhelming. and it’s hard work (and rarely paid work) to read through it all. it’s so much easier to send the form letter and have done with the staring stack. i deeply appreciate it when an editor takes the time out to make a specific and personal comment. i do a little happy special dance.

i’m considering starting a separate page of this blog for “rejection praise.” yeah? nay?

and, just because i like lists and the number 4, here’s some noteworthy things in my life right now:

  • my first trip to south america was magically amazing. i hope to be back soon.
  • i am very excited to see mark kozelek in a church next week. he can sing me the phone book.
  • my sister gave me a great vegan cookbook as a gift. since i’ve been eating like absolute shit for the last few months, i think this will be the push i need to return to a good food place.
  • i think that i’m finally going to see the degas nude exhibit at the MFA tomorrow. one of my favorite paintings of all time is there. really there.


unrelated: i have a theory that there’s one perfect line in every they might be giants song. ergo:

“no one in this world ever gets what they want and that is beautiful / everybody dies frustrated inside and that is beautiful”


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