My entries into the Rattle Poetry Contest were all rejected, but something I sent to Unadorned Press was accepted for publication. I took the Rattle rejection rather hard. I had lots of support (and one guy at work who said, "What, do you think you are that good?" To which I got to reply simply, "Yes.") from you all here and in FBlandia and my local writer's group. One person in my group had been a reader for a small press. He told me that it was easy to discard the stuff that was poor, but among the good works the decision process of what made the cut was more arbitrary. Often times pieces he would champion wouldn't make it.
The Unadorned Press situation is cloudy. I had sent them two poems and was informed of acceptance by being tagged in a photo on Facebook. No email message, no indication of which poems were accepted. I have a feeling that this is a very small press, maybe just one guy in New Hampshire who, if I send him $5, will send me what looks like a plastic file folder for a term paper with my work and about ten other poets.
And that is where I am right now. I was reminded by my writer's group that I do have an audience, I have readers already. And for that I am grateful. What would being published or not being published change about that? I still feel this sort of desire to be acknowledged and given a stamp of approval by some unknown "them." Meh.
And, why the picture of Jimmy Page?
It's a fairly arbitrary addition to this post, but when I was trolling around the interweb, I came across this picture on someone's page of "Things I Like" or some such, and I thought, "Yeah, I like that, too." So, just a random picture of Jimmy Page reading someone's horoscope in a random world.