Rejection Art is my favorite "So this place thought your poetry wasn't for them, huh?" coping mechanism. It's not like each rejection wrecks me; I go into the submission process mostly hoping I'll be accepted somewhere but knowing my chances are slim, so I anticipate these notices. But not until Rejection Art did I actually find myself looking forward to some rejection notices. Unfortunately, in this digital age, a lot are now simply email forms ... No cute little note cards. No pretty colors. But the fortunate thing about digital rejections is that they kind of open a whole new world for Rejection Art.
So how do these art pieces happen? It's a simple process, really ...
First, you get a rejection email, that may look something like this:
|You will, naturally, obscure the name of the journal. No hard feelings.|
|I try to avoid the "thank you"s at the end of these anymore.|
Then you erase and black out everything but what you want:
|First deleted everything I didn't want ...|
|... then blacked out the empty space.|
|Cleaned up a little. You'd also draw lines showing the direction in should be read in, like a humument|
And then you go at it with prettiness:
|I have a thing with dandelions right now. The artsy jazz was done with Gimp and paintbrushes from Deviant Art|
... until next time, may the free verse be with you ... always.