"Don Quixote Attacks the Windmill" by Gustave Dore‘The Madcap, Rambler-Driving Poet of Ogden’ by Tonia Kalouria The Society April 22, 2021 Humor, Poetry 12 Comments . __Like Don Quixote’s windmills, rhymes keep spinning in my head! My dark-passion is to write Light Verse; my curse, to go unread. __I keep submitting—vain attempts!— though earnest, judged a joke. My Poetic License—not expired— they’ve chosen to revoke. __Though I’d rework, rewrite, revise to grace some lit mag’s list, those hateful eds—oh, they won’t budge— “Reject!” “Reject!” persist. __I’m out of sync and time and ink; I’m tired of being dissed! I score more readers writing checks and birthday cards to Sis! __So … light’s out! Door locked. Rhyme-Pen capped. God knows, I can’t intuit. I’ve tried to channel Ogden Nash. Alas! I couldn’t do it. . Poet’s Note: The title is a reference to the Nash Rambler: American Auto 1950-1954. . . Tonia Kalouria, a former Spanish teacher and “soap” actress, is now a poet in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Her most recent—and rhyming—poems appear in Literary Veganism and Fox Hollow Stories, and two anthologies: “Quoth the Raven” and “Poems from the Lockdown.” NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 12 Responses Julian D. Woodruff April 22, 2021 Dear Ms. Kalouria, If you’re looking for sympathy, 1) this sample shows you are capable; 2) you have picked a good target: unless you are snarky or inclined to show off your academic creds, or else work, publishers pretty much pass (present site excepted). If you’re seeking advice about where to turn or what to do, I’m at a loss, too. So at least you have company. Reply Joe Tessitore April 22, 2021 Post here, where your abundantly obvious talents will be appreciated. Reply jd April 22, 2021 Enjoyed very much for its truth with humor. I like the title too as I can relate to it. Many of my efforts materialized behind the wheel of a car, though not a Rambler. Reply Gail April 22, 2021 Ogden Nash would be proud! Reply Paul Freeman April 22, 2021 Dear Tonia, you’ve got naught to fear, Your Ogden came through loud and clear. Aspiring to be Mr Nash Inspires me too to have a bash. Reply Tonia Kalouria April 22, 2021 Dear Julian, Joe, jd, Gail and Paul, Thank you so much for your kind comments, encouragement and acceptance. Actually, yours truly has fared better lately than our poor Ogden wanna-be who has not yet learned to follow the “To thine own self be true” maxim. Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant April 22, 2021 Tonia, I love the title and opening simile, and this witty, well wrought poem captures the angst of submitting one’s precious poetry for publishing… perfectly! A tongue-in-cheek smile of a poem. Thank you! Reply C.B. Anderson April 22, 2021 So, Tonia, do you actually drive a Rambler, or just any kind of Nash? I can actually remember (barely) that brand of automobile, and I can almost here the jingle they used in their tv ads. And, yeah, editors can be tough, but you just have to persist. Eventually you will win. The idea is that every rejection is an opportunity to hone your craft, to make your poems sharper, more interesting and funnier. The real problem is that there are not nearly as many formal-friendly venues as there were ten years ago. Reply Tonia Kalouria April 22, 2021 Dear CB, No, I am not the madcap Rambler driver. Wouldn’t that be fun:-) I just used him to illustrate the fallacy of not being true to one’s self. Thank you for commenting. Reply James A. Tweedie April 22, 2021 I recently submitted several powerful and well-crafted poems about soldiers at war to a military magazine. They thought that the rhyme, rhythm and structure distracted from the otherwise fine message and suggested I rewrite them as prose. And that’s how it is these days. I found another site yesterday that said they were not partial to poems that rhymed. Then, at the bottom of the page, perhaps a different editor added that they are very interested in formal poems such as sonnets, villanelles, etc. Go figure. Tonia, for light verse you should (if you haven’t already) submit to Lighten Up On Line, Better than Starbucks, Asses of Parnassus, WestWard Quarterly, or Light (Journal of Light Verse). If your light poetry is as good as “The Madcap Rambler,” and you happen to “click” with an editor, you could possibly slip one through! Good luck to you and give us some more! Reply Tonia Kalouria April 22, 2021 James, how kind of you for the tips and positive feedback. I really appreciate it. Actually, I had one poem on LUPO and another due out either June, or Sept. As for A of Parnasses, one is due out there in prox one month. (Was waiting to update my bio.) Reply James A. Tweedie April 23, 2021 Woo hoo! Congrats! 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