Rejection Letters

2 poems: Lannie Stabile

About the Author

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“Fahrenheit 451” was written
(click) in nine days
in a (clack) library
on a rented (click clack) typewriter
At ten cents per half hour (clickclack)
it cost Ray (click) Bradbury $9.80
to release a (clack) hound on this world

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These (click) are the (clack) facts
that roll, unfettered
around my cluttered (click) head
as I struggle to produce
two hundred fifty (clack) words per day
(click) Some days I make it
most days I don’t (clack)

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There’s even a spreadsheet
used (click clack) to track because,
apparently, I like to formulize (click) failure
It keeps me on my (clack) toes
much like the combination
of eight (click) legs and a keen sense
(clack) of smell

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Bisexuality 

means I’m attracted
to meat
and all the places it
gets butchered

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Lannie Stabile (she/her) – finalist for the 2019/2020 Glass Chapbook Series and semifinalist for the Button Poetry 2018 Chapbook Contest – has her first published collection, “Little Masticated Darlings,” now out with Wild Pressed Books. Further works are published in Glass Poetry, Pidgeonholes, Okay Donkey, and more. She is a Pushcart nominee.

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