This is what I call a personalized rejection. I mean, the editor LOVED so much about the submitted poems, and they even made it to the "second cut." But ultimately it's a no go. It makes you see how random it is when you get this close.
After 15 years of rejections (most of them posted here along with all the rejections you've sent me over the years), my novel is getting published by a literary press. Little third-gendered me will soon have a book you can read for yourself and see if the hundreds of rejections were misguided or not. For more on the matter, read this post and this one too.
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Remember this: Someone out there will always say no.