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Issue 21: 1 Jan. 2024
Found Poetry
By Multiple Authors

Rejection Erasure Poems


Your #Submit Got #rejected ???

Me too. Zillions of times. This one tops the list. I took out the worst parts but, boy, that red pencil felt pretty damn good! 😎

Rejection Erasure Poem No. 1 by Roberta Beary

Sun, Sep 18, 11:56 AM 

To: RobertA Beary 

Dear RobertA Beary, 

These stories are so 	old school 	seem 
indistinguishable from each other at a distance of forty feet. 

We don’t like 
self parody 	tunnel vision 
spinelessness, and all the green mint icing melts in the rain. 

But you have more to give 	more crescendo, 
more splash. And, you have the means




Rejection Erasure Poem No. 2 by Roberta Beary

Dear Roberta, 

I’m sorry to say that I wasn’t 

frequently moved while reading 	the poems. I hope you 
visit the website regularly to see   poems accepted 
If   these poems    speak to 
you,   use the online comment   to say 

do submit   next year   for the opportunity 
to cross   you   again!

—Erasure poems and comment by Roberta Beary posted to Facebook
on 3 November 2023; published here with author’s permission.


Rejection Erasure Poem by Luanne Castle

Dear Luanne – 

Unfortunately 	This 
		   is not 

—Erasure poem by Luanne Castle posted to Facebook on 3 November 2023; published here with author’s permission.


Just couldn’t “decline” this trend!

Rejection Erasure Poem by Kathryn Silver-Hajo

Dear Kathryn, 

thanks for 	sending 	your writing 
Sorry to say, I’m going to have to 
					shoot you 

—Erasure poem and comment by Kathryn Silver-Hajo posted to Facebook
on 3 November 2023; published here with author’s permission.


Joining the fray...

Rejection Erasure Poem No. 1 by Mikki Aronoff

Dear Mikki, 

Thank you very much for submitting, but   I can’t accept 
		you 	going for 


Editorial Staff 



Rejection Erasure Poem No. 2 by Mikki Aronoff


Dear Mikki Aronoff, 

We 	turn down well-
crafted writing 

take advantage of 75% off our usual subscription price 

Please feel 	obligation 


—Erasure poems and comment by Mikki Aronoff posted to Facebook
on 5 November 2023; published here with author’s permission.

Mikki Aronoff’s
Issue 21 (1 January 2024)

work appears in New World Writing, MacQueen’s Quinterly, Tiny Molecules, The Disappointed Housewife, Bending Genres, Milk Candy Review, Gone Lawn, Mslexia, The Dribble Drabble Review, The Citron Review, Atlas and Alice, trampset, jmww, and elsewhere. She’s received nominations for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, Best American Short Stories, and Best Microfiction.

Roberta Beary
Issue 21 (1 January 2024)

is the longtime haibun editor for Modern Haiku, and co-author of Haibun: A Writer’s Guide (Ad Hoc Fiction, 2023), as well as the author of three award-winning poetry collections. Individual writing awards include Bridport Prize for Poetry, Touchstone Award for Haibun, and Kusamakura Grand Prize for Haiku. Beary’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Rattle, Atticus Review, MacQueen’s Quinterly, and other publications. Beary identifies as gender-fluid and calls Washington, DC (USA) and County Mayo, Ireland home.

Luanne Castle
Issue 21 (1 January 2024)

lives in Arizona, next to a wash that wildlife uses as a thoroughfare. She is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Rooted and Winged (Finishing Line Press 2022), a Book Excellence Award Winner; and Doll God (Kelsay Books 2015), which won the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for Poetry. Her chapbooks are Our Wolves (Alien Buddha Press 2023) and Kin Types (Finishing Line Press 2017), a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award. Luanne’s Pushcart- and Best of the Net-nominated poetry and prose have appeared in Copper Nickel, American Journal of Poetry, Pleiades, River Teeth, TAB, Verse Daily, Saranac Review, and other journals.

Author’s website: https://www.luannecastle.com/

Kathryn Silver-Hajo
Issue 21 (1 January 2024)

is a nominee for the Pushcart Prize, Best Small Fictions, and Best American Food Writing. “The Sweet Softness of Dates” was selected for the 2023 Wigleaf Top 50 longlist. Her work appears in Atticus Review, Craft Literary, Emerge Literary, Ghost Parachute, New Flash Fiction Review, Pithead Chapel, Ruby Literary, and other lovely journals. Kathryn’s debut flash collection, Wolfsong, was published in May 2023 (ELJ Editions), and her young adult novel, Roots of The Banyan Tree, was released by FlowerSong Press in December 2023.

Author’s website: https://www.kathrynsilverhajo.com/

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