Send no more poems…

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John sends me poems. He keeps sending me poems. He wrote the other day to ask if he should stop sending them, possibly because I had fallen out of the habit of replying to each one. In my experience you can wait around three to four months to get a reply when submitting poetry to editors. Sometimes you’ll never hear back. Once, after a period of persistent submissions, I was told to ‘Send no more poems’. But John isn’t submitting poems, he’s just sending them, sending them as naturally as they come to him. John once said his poems don’t come from him, they pass through him. It seems a pity that they just end up in my inbox so I’m going to pass them on. Perhaps you can too.

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