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In Poetry on November 5, 2009 at 9:47 pm

Thank you for submitting
and I have read with care
but it’s not what I am after
I wish you luck elsewhere

I direct you to our guidelines
where it’s clear that what we want
is writing that is written
in a quite specific font

The attachment is important
and I’m afraid it has occurred
that the words we have to read
are in the wrong version of Word

We offer no opinions
of how you might adjust
the work that you have offered
it just isn’t right for us

Russell Berrisford is a Brit who has recently moved to Vancouver, Canada, and is now trying not to write about mountains and forests.