the actual facts about this issue
A lot of people, like about six, have been asking me how we choose stuff for blood ink, &
why their cool story/poem/thing was not chosen. No one much asks why we did choose
them, apparently it is self-evident somehow, although I take this as a sign that we need to
cultivate more submissions of random nonsense I can publish, which would make the writer
reply, you what?
But basically the answer is, I donít know why you got rejected. Itís nothing personal, I assure
you. We all sit around & pick the stuff we happen to like. Sometimes two short pieces beat
a long piece even though we still like it. Sometimes we armwrestle over who should go in,
& any poem or story that gets me to represent it is going to lose, sorry. Influential people
get chosen for their political value not the merit of their work, but so far we have received
no short stories from Mr. Klein, nor anyone who could even remotely be called powerful,
so far as we know, so this rule has not yet come into effect. The moral of the story is, donít
take it too seriously, submit again, or write me & complain. But to help the lost & hopeful, I
have compiled a brief synopsis of What We Believe:
We believe in the plenary-verbal inspiration of the accepted canon as originally given.
We believe the canon is supernaturally inspired, so that it is inerrant in the
original manuscripts, so that it is a divinely authoritative standard
for every age & every lifestyle.
We believe in the spirit, a life of separation from the world, as perfecting for
holiness as an expression of faith.
We believe that the true Church of Poetry is composed of all persons who
are regenerated by the Holy Spirit through the power of the Word.
We believe that the establishment & continuance of the local Church is
clearly taught in the canonical works.
We believe that the local Church is autonomous & free of any external Authority or Control.
We believe in the salvation of sinners by grace, through repentance & faith.
We believe in eternal reward for believers & eternal disbelief for unbelievers.
We believe this list is ironic. Yeesh.
Now, about this issue. These poems & other writings have been arranged very carefully in
an intensely meaningful, careful arrangement that took me a lot of time, & has nothing to
do with who my friends are or who I like best. You can discover this secret meaning by
looking carefully at the pieceís context, its diction & any ďdeepĒ metaphors, then calculating
the amount of irony it contains. This will give you a pretty good idea, but the key is to then
read each poem aloud, backwards at 33 1/2 rpm. Here, Iíll start you off: Maria got to go
first, because she wrote a nasty little poem about suicide, & then more about being
trapped, & I wanted it to be next to my introduction, & so youíll feel so trapped by goodness
when you read blood ink that you get to the end & feel like killing yourself. Now you
read it backwards & try to figure out the connection to Mandieís poems...