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If you aren't familiar with the issue, check out this update or this Facebook group, or both!
If others wish to send a similar poetry submission, direct it to:
James Moore, MP
House of Commons
And please, send a scan or photo of your submission to me at roblucastaylor(at)gmail.com, so that I can post it here.
Lastly, if you couldn't read the scan, here is the full text of my query letter:
It’s been a few months and I haven’t heard from you in regards to my poem, “An Open Letter to James Moore, Minister of Cultural Heritage and Official Languages”, which I submitted for inclusion in your constituency newsletter or on www.jamesmoore.org.
I understand that you must be getting swamped with submissions. Most poets I know don’t even bother sending work out to traditional literary magazines anymore (they’ll probably fold before they get the next issue out!). If you haven’t yet managed to wade through the deluge and find my submission, that’s fine. But I figure it never hurts to check.
Also, I forgot to include a SASE with the submission. Maybe that’s the problem. I understand that budgets are tight everywhere, and it may be too costly for you to mail the reply (when automakers are only getting $4 billion in bailout money, you know times are tough!). So if that’s the case, I’ve attached a SASE with this letter.
While I’m at it, I figured I’d send you another poem. A companion piece of sorts for my first submission:
James Moore, Minister of Cultural Heritage and Official Languages, is just big boned
There was an MP from Port Moody
Whose waistline declared him a foody
He gobbled funding to Arts
Like a box of Pop Tarts
And left us a pile of doody.
Thank you in advance, yet again, for your consideration. If the policy that’s causing all these troubles is reversed, I think I’ll send this poem to The Malahat Review. For now, though, it’s yours. Enjoy!