Uncategorized | July 12, 2005

We’re not exactly certain if the traditional rivalry between writers of prose and writers of poetry ultimately lies at the heart of their personal conflict, but both George W. Bush and Saddam Hussein now share the misfortune of so many writers before them–they too have received rejection slips from the Missouri Review. As he did nearly two years ago, when Bush’s poem, “Roses Are Red,” failed to inspire our readers, Scott Kaukonen delivers the bad news to Hussein, whose most recent novel, Ekhroj minha ya mal’un (Get Out, Damned One), has become an underground bestseller in the Middle East, along with a suggestion or two in regards to revisions. (Hint: The Mother of All Apocalyptic Novels.)