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I recently submitted five poems via snail mail to The Paris Review . (Surprisingly, the editors don't accept online submissions.) And I received a rejection "letter" today. The "letter" is a bit disingenuous, because I doubt that the editors at the prestigious literary journal "regret" not being able to publish my verse.
Kathryn A. Higgins, who interned at the journal, shared, "The Paris Review gets many unsolicited manuscripts every day and publishes I believe about one each year.
Depressing and yet encouraging — the work is definitely read, although not published."
However, I'm proud to join the likes of other poets such as Charles Bukowski whom were never published in the The Paris Review. Here's one of the poems that I submitted:
by Mo Ibrahim
12-year-old Maybelle Fournier before
he met Mildred Harris at 14
and at 16 his child she bore.
And he was smitten with Hetty Kelly
and fertilized Lillita when they were 15,
after Casanova took the virginity
of Nanetta and Marta; a true libertine.
Seidel wrote in Ooga-Booga
about maidens and Ducatis; only the best.
“But this woman is young.
We kiss. It’s almost incest.”
The Pretty Little Liars were dressed
in minis and panties that they flashed
at the “fortysomething guy”
before he hastily left the mall abashed.
Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany’s
13-year-old Holiday Golightly
married [a much] older man
and no one opined she was crazy.
At 15 she lived with a college jock
whose eyes could have been blue.
At 18 she said, “I can’t get excited by a man
until he’s at least forty-two.”
Californication’s Frank Moody had sex
with his step-daughter who was 16.
Bored to Death’s Ray was sad as the writer
didn't sodomize the coed who was 16.
While On the Road Neal Cassady
of the 15-year-old Marylou said,
“...so sweet, so young, hmm, ahh.”
But it was Dean who took her to bed.
In The Dark Side of Camelot
Kennedy Sr. had sex with his 17-year-old caddie,
while his wife, LBJ and Lady Bird
listened to the action [over tea].
Frank Sinatra had the confidence
to beseech an affair with 14-year-old Tuesday Weld
who turned down the role of Kubrick’s Lolita
before her meltdown that was uncompelled.
And what did the 16-year-old write on her FB wall?
It was her New Year’s resolution.
“I’m going to fuck my history teacher!”
At least she wasn't a damn freshman.
Gossip Girl’s Dan asked,
“Who doesn’t like school girls?”
Case in point, take the homeless man,
who whistled at the Catholic school girls.
That was on the Grand Central platform.
All the while,
the Pope approves of the length of their skirts
that are enticing to an ephebophile