On eBay I bought a self-addressed and
stamped envelope that the poet Charles Bukowski
sent to Chiron Review in the 80’s.
This is the system, you send poems to a
magazine or a publisher and if they like them
they will use the SASE to reply to you.
More likely they will not use your poems and
return them in the SASE with a brief standard note
Many poets have written about how they received
their first rejection letter or how they have their
drawers full of rejection slips.
Even Bukowski got rejection slips. In the early days.
I have framed the Bukowski envelope and
it looks nice on my wall.
It’s a nice conversation piece; when someone asks
about it I tell them the story of how it works and also,
sort of by the way,
I tell them that Chiron Review is
actually the magazine where I had my
first poem published.
And I don’t mention any of my
Published in Weeks Like This, 2005