Poetry: Brandon Marlon

Subtext of a Letdown

Dear Writer (no-name treatment bodes ill),

Thank you for your submission of “10 Poems”
to Reprobate Quarterly (we have a 2-poem limit).

We appreciate the chance to read your poems,
especially “The Elated Onanist in Apt. #12B”,
but regret to inform you that unfortunately
we must pass on your submission at this time
(or at any time, in case you were wondering).

As you can imagine, we receive many more
submissions than we can possibly publish,
and due to editorial limitations we must
regularly decline works of tremendous merit
(though that hardly pertains in this instance).

This is not a reflection of the quality of your work
(rather, of the disturbed mind that produced it).
We invite you to submit again after six months
(by which time we may have recovered).

If you haven’t already, please do subscribe
to our journal (just because we exclude your work
doesn’t mean we won’t exact your dough).

Best (of luck shopping around such drivel),

The Editors (jejune poseurs in mismatched pyjamas)


Brandon Marlon is a writer from Ottawa, Canada. He received his B.A. in Drama & English from the University of Toronto and his M.A. in English from the University of Victoria. His poetry was awarded the Harry Hoyt Lacey Prize in Poetry (Fall 2015), and his writing has been published in 200+ publications in 27 countries. www.brandonmarlon.com.

© Brandon Marlon 2017