The Fifth Candle: Memorable Rejection

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 7:22 pm

The Fifth Candle: Memorable Rejection

Strangers sometimes say no. I’ve been collecting rejection letters for years. Some of them are memorable.

DEAR ESTHER COHEN

OH DEAR, NO.
What you sent
me can’t possibly
be POEMS.
Something else,
maybe but I
as EDITOR of
a JOURNAL
for many many
(there is actually a third
many) years
don’t know
the word from
what you sent.
And although I
tell everyone
to try us again
I’m not sure
about YOU.


About the Series. Postcards for Hanukkah is a sequence of eight photo-poems by Matthew Septimus and Esther Cohen. Each day, for the eight days of Hanukkah, we will release a new postcard, which we hope give some light to you.

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is a novelist and poet living in New York City. She’s the author of several books, including Book Doctor. Read more of her writing on her blog I Am and I Am Not.

is a professional photographer who lives in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn with his wife, two children, dog, cat, and the various birds he feeds in his backyard. See more of his work at matthewseptimus.com.

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