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June 15, 2011


Fascinating post. Thanks for bringing us in to this world. As one who is terrified by the thought of teaching -- anyone, anywhere -- I have great admiration for teachers.
The only thing I quibble with is "Rejection letters can take years to arrive." In my experience, rejection comes quickly; it's acceptance that takes years.

Me, too, admiration for teachers. It's a tightrope walk some days. Okay, most.
I remember once, literally, I got a rejection letter one year and two months to the date of submission. As a sometime editor myself now, I get it!

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
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