Wednesday, April 13, 2011

And now......dig this

I guess is it Poetry month... or week or whatever.  I like poetry... really.  Not that I know much about it.... and that is firmly attested to by a whole scrapbook of rejection slips from the 70's when I THOUGHT  I did.  Seriously.  I GOT  bunches.  Well, rather than be discouraged.... I started collecting them.  It got to be fun.  Then I started writing long rqambling cover letters to go with my submissions.  That was more fun than writing the poems.  The best was when I got a letter back from a small literary magazine out west.... with my poems enclosed.... with a $25 check enclosed.... explaining that they thought the poems kinda sucked..... but they published my cover letter!!!  Ha! Boy&Howdy..... you could buy a lotta cheap beers for $25 back in 73!!  And that was the first thing I ever published.  If I think long enough I might remember the second........

Anyways.... getting back.... poetry.... I don't know much, but I know what I like.... and I always liked Shel.....



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8 comments:

Liberality said...

You do have a poet's heart and rejection slips mean nothing. :)

susan said...

Ahh, the Giving Tree :-)
You always give us your best and I'm glad.

S.W. Anderson said...

Delightful! That is classic Shel Silverstein.

nonnie9999 said...

i don't like poetry unless it's whimsical or downright funny. that poem made me happy.

David Barber said...

Jim, you should submit cover letters or at least sell them to writers! That was a cool story!

Love that poem by Shel!

okjimm said...

I have loved Shel Silverstein forever.... used to read him to the kids when they were Small.

When my Aunt Helen died.... she was like an auxiliary grandmother to my kids..... Miriam, then six.... read the Giving Tree at her funeral. It was not the first or last time I was proud of the kid.

Randal Graves said...

Bonus points for Shel for hanging out with naked ladies.

okjimm said...

yesirre . Bob..... naked ladies and childrens books.... that Shel!!

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