Imagine my surprise last night when I opened a large envelope in the mail to find the most recent issue of The Gay & Lesbian Review--with one of my poems in it!

I never received an acceptance. "Truth Be Told (Either By Me or Someone Else Who Inevitably Speaks Up)" was selected for the issue.

I was pretty happy about it, partially because I've been on my deathbed (or an approximation of it) this week with a nasty, nasty cold.


  1. Congratulations! (you don't know me, but I've been reading your blog for awhile) And love the gorgeous new profile photo--yowza.

    I, too, think Jake G. is a dreamboat--but mostly because I think he'd make a really hot lesbian...


  2. Charles,
    I have a question for you, but I don't have your email. If you would, please send me an email at "ryanjameswilson@hotmail.com". I'd really appreciate it. Oh, and sorry I haven't been around more. I'm still without internet at my apartment. I hope all is well. Best, Ryan (Sisyphus)

  3. Emily,

    Thanks! I agree that Jake G. would make a hot lesbian in the same way that I am disarmingly attracted to k. d. lang.

    I'm out there trying to convince all the cute women I know to go lesbian. It doesn't always work out, but at least they're thinking about it.

    I'm very lesbian-positive. I met my boyfriend at a lesbian bar. And he has a bad (good?) habit of buying rounds of drinks for nearby lesbians when he gets drunk.

  4. Ryan,

    Check's in the mail.

  5. Hooray! It's because you're the best.

  6. Congrats. From this I guess we should all learn to make sure we keep reading all of the journals we submit to in case one decides to trick us like this.

    Oh and to "I'm out there trying to convince all the cute women I know to go lesbian"--you are a bad man.

    Despite this, feel better.

  7. Congratulations on the acceptance-without-an-acceptance! That's the kind of surprise you can always stand to have more of.

    I'll be sure to send some cute women in your direction, if you promise to send them back to me afterwards -- my own track record is too dismal. :)


  8. Congrats, Charles!

    Do you know the journal Bloom? I was looking at the newest issue (or what I assume to be the newest, from this past summer) earlier today at work and thought it had some good stuff in it.

  9. Hi Charles:
    I just got my issue today . . . nice poem! Kudos. (but a little weird they didn't let you know!)

  10. A.D.—my recent efforts to lesbianize several attractive women have failed, so take heart. Consider it the exchange of having to live in a world with hot heteros like you. Really, it's only fair.

    Anne, I'll keep the nose to the grindstone (don't tell A. D.).

    Woody, I've seen Bloom and love it. I'm a big fan of what they've been putting together, and, joyously, a poem of mine will appear in their next issue—which should be released any moment now...

    Peter, thanks! And I'm okay with getting accepted and finding out this way—much better than being rejected and never knowing.

  11. I've heard that G & L Review doesn't usually send an acceptance but just publishes you. How long did it take between submitting the poem and having it appear in the mag?