I remember, the first time I experimented and wrote something similar to what I have been writing recently (Juxtaposed, The Oracle, Intrusion, Influenced Opinions), what I call ‘reflective imagery’, my English teacher refused to put it into the school magazine. At that point, for the life of me, I couldn’t understand why. So I asked her, what was wrong with it.
Teacher: It’s not right.
Me: What is wrong with it?
Teacher (shocked at being questioned): I said, it, is, just, not, right.
Me (refusing to understand): I don’t understand, what is wrong with the writing?
Teacher (bewildered): I … I don’t know. I can’t publish this.
Me (eyebrows up): Why?
Teacher (exasperated): I have already told you. It is not right. This is not the way to write articles for the school magazine. I will publish the other piece you wrote on (some school function) but not this.
(I stare at her in disbelief)
Teacher: Now stop asking stupid questions and go back to your class. Who is the English teacher, you or me?
Me (mumbling, while walking away): It doesn’t look like you are going to stay one for long at the rate you are going!