The Art of Name Dropping
I had a college poetry workshop with A Very Famous Poet. (Blatant attempts by some students to completely suck up to Very Famous Poet were pretty ridiculous, in fact.)
Anyway, one student wrote a poem that I remember was one of the worst pieces of schlock I had ever read. Okay, we were all in college so maybe that was mean, but I wasn't an entirely nice person back then. So, part of her exercise was to send it off to a magazine that Very Famous Poet had suggested.
So in her cover, she wrote something along the lines of, "Very Famous Poet suggested I send this poem, XXX, to you."
Her poem was rejected. Howevr, at the very end, the editor wrote, "Please tell Very Famous Poet that I say hello."
So, yeah. I'm sure networking and contacts help but sometimes, a bad poem is just a bad poem.
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