Poetry.com rejection

Teresa Nielsen Hayden has performed a small miracle. She wrote a poem “so awful that that perennial scam, the International Library of Poetry contest,” turned it down. Here’s an excerpt:

I am Mrs. Miriam Abacha a Widow

I salute you in the name of the most high God.
I was the former first lady Federal Republic of Nigeria, married to
late General Sani Abacha the late Nigerian military Head of State.
I am presently in distress and under house arrest while
my son Mohammed is undergoing trial in Oputa Panel Lagos
and Abuja, this Panel was set up by the present civilian regime.

(Wocky Jivvy tracks others’ less successful attempts to write poems that garner rejection from the “International Library of Poetry.”)


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