An open letter to the Loch Ness Monster

Accepted for publication:
Dear Contributors:

Congratulations on having your work selected for publication in Robocup Press’s Revenge anthology! It has been an honor to read and mull over your work, and I am deeply moved by the depth, range, nuance, and tenderness of your pieces. I am honored to include them in Revenge.

Each contributor receives one free copy of the book. But pre-sales have started and we would be grateful if you were inclined to spread the word on social media. For a limited time, Revenge can be purchased at a pre-order discount of $11.99 at our Etsy shop. After the book is released in late July or early August, it will be for sale at both and (I do not know the ISBN yet.)

We are doing all we can to make this collection special. I hope you will be pleased with the book!
Best wishes,
Tamryn Spruill, founder & editor
Robocup Press
An open letter to the Loch Ness Monster

47 thoughts on “An open letter to the Loch Ness Monster

  1. WHOA! First let’s discuss the not so heavy stuff. I really liked that you used the word embiggen. Ha! Also, you did a WAAAAAAAAAY better job with the concrete poem part of this assignment than I did. I am IMPRESSED.

    And holy moly, that is a bold poem! Sort of felt a bit like a punch to the gut… in a good way. I kept thinking, “And this was written by a man?” (Checks again.) “Yes, yes it was.” Made sense by the end though. Good work.


  2. Glad I found the ‘Click to embiggen’ (reference to Jebidiah, there?) link, as I was getting some serious eyestrain trying to read it. Was this your submission to the concrete poetry assignment, or the prose poem? It works for both! I loved it.


    1. Thanks so much for reading and responding. Yeah, WP formatting wouldn’t much allow for the length I needed. This was my submission for the concrete exercise. Prose submission forthcoming! Thanks again for reading.


  3. Something about Nessie speaking in sibilants- so right. It’s very interesting, because you sort of assume it might be a little jokey from the shape (not sure why, really) so the contrast with the poem’s theme is driven home all the more strongly for that. I admire your passion, the simplicity of ‘make it hurt’ as a parting shot- it leaves with a kick to the head and that’s not bad thing.


  4. Very moving. As a dad of two daughters this really spoke to me. I would have liked to have seen more humps and less loch in the layout, but I wonder if that might’ve made it harder to read. Still, powerful stuff.


  5. Thank you so much for liking my poem Bad Rap on WordMusic. I wrote it almost a decade ago and realized I never had posted it to WordMusic. Please go back and look at my other poems on this blog. There are over 220 of them. Aloha!

    Brent Kincaid


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