I keep sending my stuff to feminist editors
not much choice
They all advertise that they want queer, questioning, feminist voices
to shout down the man.
There’s this one publication I submit to—well, submit is the wrong word
because I write whatever I want
and I can’t get published.
It’s a feminist leadership magazine and it has co-editors
a man and his wife
and he claims to be a male feminist.
What I like about him, is that he sent me a personal rejection slip
that said, “I really liked this, but it won’t fit into our magazine. Are you trying to get published here?”
The problem is, I can’t reply to emails—too many crazies (it’s a feminist magazine)
So, I am content to write another poem to continue our correspondence
My next cover letter asked if he is happily married or if his wife runs the show
“I am most happy with my wife being in charge, thank you very much—we need more feminist leaders.”
I wanted to ask him follow-up questions, but I couldn’t, so I had to write another poem. This might be crossing the line.
I understand that many men have to be taken care of by a woman, but this is such an emasculating experience
How do these men live with themselves?
My latest poem came back—
Let’s just call the male feminist Bob—a good generic name
He told me, he really wants to publish my poetry, but he can’t. His wife won’t let him.
He’s been answering my emails, secretly
and reading my poems at midnight
He’s been providing feedback (typically, full of praise)
Last week he told me that he’s having marital problems
Apparently, his wife found my poems on his computer, with our private correspondence
“It’s worse than pornography!” She shouted.
Look what I’ve done…
I’ve liberated another man.