Are rejections from editors getting you down? Have you been sending some poems out for so long you are beginning to wonder if they'll ever find homes?
Take some advice from that great musician (said with tongue firmly planted in cheek) Steve Perry and his band Journey -- Don't Stop Believing!
I was thrilled to receive my first journal acceptance of the year today, and it was for a poem that was written more than five years ago, which I am so excited has found a home with editors who love it perhaps nearly as much as I do.
I've read interviews with some poets who say if a poem has been rejected by three or four journals, they take it out of circulation because something must be wrong with it. And for some of my poems, the time it takes to rack up three or four rejections does allow me the emotional distance to recognize the flaws in those poems. But with other of my poems that have been circulating the globe for a few years, I've never stopped believing in them, never stopped loving them just the way they are (oops, wrong lyrics!).
In short, I held on to that feeeeeee-ling that the right editor would read it one day and see what I see in it.
So hold those lighters up high and keep waving them around. If you love your poem, chances are someone else will love it too.