J. R. Solonche

I Learned How to Write Poetry

I learned how
to write poetry

the day I opened
the rejection

from the editor
of the prestigious

university quarterly
who wrote, “This is BS.”


JR Solonche is author of Beautiful Day (Deerbrook Editions), Won’t Be Long (Deerbrook Editions), Heart’s Content (Five Oaks Press), and coauthor of Peach Girl: Poems for a Chinese Daughter (Grayson Books).