“Shove It: Part 2” (The Buffaloe Pen) is Julie’s story of having her deeply personal poem about rape rejected by a literary journal editor.
But it wasn’t just rejected. The editor, who is obviously a rapist or rapist-in-waiting, wrote her a six-page diatribe about how women were provocative and usually “have it coming” and women who write about rape secretly want it and he was sick and tired of man-hating women whinging about rape.
Read her poetic response, “Don’t write a poem about rape”. Trigger warnings.
Rape is a cliché.
Unless it happens to you.
But don’t write a poem about it
or the editor might say
it’s just not fresh.
Rape is not fresh.
It’s been done too much.