—Point of Many Returns
First Place, Kilmer 2012
Once upon a midnight chilly, while I pondered Homer’s Ili–
ad in Butler 409, where many a studious student flocks,
As I studied, nearly sleeping, suddenly I heard a beeping,
As of some new email creeping, creeping into my inbóx.
“’Tis some email,” I…
Behold what is either the best or worst rejection letter we have ever seen (depending on your capacity for cruelty), sent to Gertrude Stein in 1912 by publisher Arthur C. Fifield. Given that the manuscript in question became Three Lives (among other things) we suppose she had the last laugh. And as an editor, you can’t help thinking: Just how much time did this guy have on his hands?
“You make a great point, sir, and I am here to fight for people like you,” the congressman said to the man in a powdered wig who was carrying a giant Declaration of Independence poster board and who wears his Thomas Jefferson costume not just to political meetings, but every time he leaves his home.
Attempt #1 at a 7-letter poem