Earlier I wrote this:
received a rejection letter.
Not from the host/poetry editor.
But from the publication's managing editor.
Of course, it could be the host/poetry editor may have chosen several poems and the managing editor may have kept some, cut others and taken on the task of e-mail notifications.
[ The host, earlier today, confirmed the above. He has the Poetry Editor title, but the final editing/choices gets done by the managing editor. But, hey, it's an honor and a step up on the ladder.]
I still feel that I've spent years wanting the host/editor to be someone of greater than superficial, "say what people want to hear" character.
Ultimately, a waste of my time and his.