I have received the standard rejection reply from the New Yorker magazine many times. This last however was different.
Dear (my name): We are grateful for the opportunity to read and consider your new work. We are very much regret that we are unable to carry it in the magazine. We do, however look forward to reading more when the time comes. Sincerely, Paul Muldoon (poetry editor) and Elizabeth Denison (poetry coordinator)
What does this mean? I'm not obtuse. Maybe paranoid. Does anyone think this is positive or a tiered response or "here's a nice way to reject your work so that you don't go postal on our offices?"