"Visitor Response"

This section has been most interesting to both readers and the poets of my site. Those who read these visitor comments find it to be a valuable source of information about what is posted on the site (like a message or bulletin board), with many using it as a reference for things they may have missed or did not absorb. Some of the poets like to read the insightful comments and appreciation of their work. The feedback from site visitors is posted randomly and represents only a portion of the scores of e-mail comments which poetheart.com receives daily.  - poetheart 01/03/03

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Wednesday, January 1, 2003

Dear Jay, Happy New Year! Just dropping a few lines to say that I am still enjoying all the wonderful new additions of the past few months. There is so much to read on your site that I literally spend hours at a time on it. It's very well maintained and a pleasure to navigate without advertisements and pop-ups which always turn me off when I am trying to read other websites.Thanks for having such a nice place to visit and relax. Marie

Wednesday, January 1, 2003

Poetheart, Paul Papasavas' latest poem posted last week is a most unusual choice for you to select this time of year. It wreaks of Spring! In your introduction you state that Paul had written it on Christmas Eve. What would possess a poet living in New Jersey to write such a poem this time of year? I think you are mistaken. H.S.

Thursday, January 2, 2003

Dear Poet, Your poem "Wish You Were Here" was really different. I like it even though it's sad poem which seems to speak so clearly about changing relationships. You have a unique way of expressing yourself in your poetry. But I do enjoy your work tremendously. A few of my favorites are "From Forever" and "Anonymous" from recent work, "Deception" "Fury" and "One Hundred Moons" from your current work, and "Fork in the Road" and "Eternity" from your early work. Your passion and talent seem to really toll in these poems. Thank you sincerely, Jodie

Friday, January 3, 2003

I am very interested in submitting poetry to your site. I have written a few things and am writing new stuff everyday. I hope to hear from you. Thanks a lot for reading. Sincerely, Chris McCarthy

Friday, January 10, 2003

Hi Jay, Thanks a lot for looking I really appreciate that. I am from Northern New Jersey, Haworth to be exact, although no one knows my town. I am a third year college student at Farleigh Dickinson University studying to become a Forensic Psychologist. I found out about your site through a person that posts on your site. I really enjoy your site. The poems I would like you to considering for posting are detsiwt, oh woe, and cancer. Oh woe was a 9/11 reaction (if you couldn't tell). The others are kind of personal reactions or vicarious emotions, which sometimes I like to do. Although I guess it's all up to you what poems you want to post. Thanks a lot for taking the time to read, and I would like to keep in further contact. Hope to hear from you soon. ~Chris McCarthy

Saturday, January 11, 2003

I bet you think you're a poet. The big news is that your poems suck, Poetheart. - Jim

Thursday, January 16, 2003

Jay, Doesn't matter about the rely. I just wanted to express to you that I really enjoyed reading your site - it was very informative. I am a student, with 200 hundred hours under my belt, in California. Oh...and you have a beautiful family. Much success and happiness to you. Maria

Friday, January 17, 2003

Dear Jay, I love the poetry of John R. Yaws. Not only his Traveler's Tales but his other poetry as well. It's amazing you have managed to secure poets of such caliber to enhance your site (along with your own good work). Does this poet have any published work? I would think so. J.W.G.

Sunday, January 19, 2003

Patricia Lynn's new poem "Drive Home" is really good. I enjoyed this poem so much because it reminded me of the wandering of my own thoughts during my drive commute from Princeton to Marlton when I lived in N.J. a few years ago. I wish I had written down many of those thoughts. Pat's poems always manage to capture my own musings. I like her for that - readers like to feel a part of what they read sometimes. Pat and I are very connected through her poems. Her work is so often uncanny.Linda  P.S. -  I like the intro to this poem very much, Mr. Poet!

Monday, January 27, 2003

Dear Jay, "Believe In Yourself" is a wonderful poem. It reminds me so much of my cousin that I printed that page and mailed it to him. Patty's work in general is excellent. I have read her page everytime I visit your site. "Adrift" was the poem that won me over to her. She has published so many other favorites since. How do you find such poets? Or is it that they find you? In any case, thank you for presenting such a lovely poet and my thanks to her for her generosity in sharing her beautiful work. Shelly

Thursday, February 6, 2003

Jay, Patricia Lynn's poem "Just One Flake" is a good one. I like the plain and simple expression of this one. When a poet can express more than the words written it means they are truly talented in the craft. I would like to know if this poet has taken creative writing or poetry classes. Thanks. Janet

Saturday, February 8, 2003

Hey, Just wanted to mention that I love your site and your John Yaws has some great work posted. The "Traveler's Tales" are incredible. Thanks, Neil

Monday, February 10, 2003

Poet, I love Cristy's poems. When are you going to post more of her poetry? She is my favorite poet on your site, although I really like your work also. Trish

Saturday, February 15, 2003

Hello, Jay, I just read "The Other Side of Night" by Laryalee Fraser. I thought it was really beautiful. How come this wonderful poet has only 2 poems on her page. It's such a tease - I want to read more. You mention on her page that she has her own website but don't give the url. I would like to visit her there. Barry

Saturday, February 15, 2003

Poetheart, Cristy Ramirez is a fine poet. I can't tel you how much her work touches me. Her poetry is so passionate and real. "The Poet's Heart" nearly moved me to tears. It is a beautiful and touching poem in itself, but because it was inspired by Dona Lou Pearson and dedicated to her, to those of us who "knew" Dona was it even further enhanced. I love Cristy's work and would love to see her interviewed one of these days. I can't wait for her to submit more new work to your site. I keep checking and she has not added anything new in a while. I think her latest poem is from last September. I am a regular visitor to your site and also like your beautiful poems. Thanks. Alana

Sunday, February 16, 2003

Jay, I visited your site this morning and found it to be very enjoyable. Your poetry was impressive and the site itself is a warm and thoughtful place to explore. Nice work man. Scott

Saturday, February 22, 2003

Dear Jay, I was just wondering how things are going for you. I hope you are having great collaborative moments in becoming published with your co-poets! Write me if you can -- I'm interested in all your successes and trials and tribulations. Good luck with your efforts. Patty

Friday, February 28, 2003

Jay, I used to visited your website quite regularly back in 2001 and then in 2002, I could only visit periodically as I was very busy with my own writing and the personal things going on in my life. I always thought I would contribute some of my own poems to your site and how nice that would be to be a part of your family of poets. Back in 2001, Dona Lou Pearson, whose poetry I have always greatly admired, was a big part of your site. Whenever I would visit your site, I would read her new poems on her page, read her comments about the site in the response section, enjoy your link to her own site and I could "feel" her presence on your site. I was shocked to learn only recently, after my recent visit to your site a few weeks ago, to learn that she had passed away. I was so saddened and I cried as if I'd known her. What a loss this must be for you, as I know you were very close. The comfort is that at least you had a wonderful connection to her and the experience of professional affiliation. I am sure you miss her a lot. She may be gone, but her beautiful poetry still lives on your beautiful site, where she wanted to be. With Love, Mia

Saturday, March 1, 2003

Jay, Your poem "Shadows" is fascinating. Your thought process is one of insight and shows unusual perception. You are a remarkable poet. Your poetry is incredible. J.S.

Monday, March 10, 2003

Is it my imagination or has the poetry of Paul Papasavas greatly improved? It reads more like poetry now. His recent poem "Late Afternoon Siesta" is really good. I also liked "Of No Concern" which was also recently posted. Both of these have great images and good expression. Joe T.

Wednesday, March 12, 2003

I'm writing you to ask permission to use your poem "Lighthouse" on my website. Anything that is not mine, credit does go to the contributor. My site is about lighthouses with photos, histories, links, poetry and much more. If you'd like to view the site before making a decision, you'll find it here: KEEP THE LIGHTS SHINING  Thank You, Ann Shelton Warrenton, VA

Thursday, March 13, 2003

Jay, Your poetry site is the best...and you're a talented man. Tanya

Friday, March 14, 2003

Dear Jay, "Winds of Change" is very good. Thank you for your intelligent poetry. Marie

Saturday, March 15, 2003

Thought I'd let you know that your poem has been added to my lighthouse site. If there are any corrections to be made in the credit, please let me know. Thanks again for sharing the poem with me. Sincerely, Ann Shelton

Sunday, March 16, 2003

Hello Poet, I just clicked on your website after a search for poetry sites and I was very impressed. You have quite an impressive site. Your poetry is incredible. I read quite a bit of it but need more time devoted to reading it when I am more fully rested. There is so much going on there on your site.

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Dear Jay, Regarding Durlabh Singh: I would like to know more about his published works and how I might purchase them. I am, of course, interested in knowing what is happening to your poems and your future publications. I miss seeing newer visitor responses more than you know on poetheart. Will you be posting any new responses in 2003? I especially liked that what was posted reflected what was new on the site! I'll assume that you've been one busy guy and that the site just consumes too much of your free time. If I am bored out of my mind in Massachusetts after I move there, I just might want to take over the site for you! ; ) ( But I'd much prefer collaborating on a joint poetry publication!) Many thanks for all of your past efforts to make "peace" via poetry. Best Regards in these scary times, Patty Lynn

Wednesday, March 19, 2003

I notice that you have poems written in two languages. Are these written in the other language (Spanish, Italian, or French) and translated into English or vice versa?  (Sometimes the English version is first and sometimes the other language is first) I am a little curious about this. Louisa

Friday, March 21, 2003

Jay, Enjoy your poetry a lot. Been visiting your site for a while now. First time writing to you. I have noticed that you don't post as much of your own poetry as you used to - only 1 or 2 a month. Is there some reason for this change? I would like to read more of your excellent work. J.L.

Sunday, March 23, 2003

Dear Jay, While I love your poetry I also have other poets on your site which I love reading. Patrucia Lynn and John Yaws are two of my favorites. It would really be something to have a book of the poetry written by the three of you. Do you ever consider such projects?

Friday, March 28, 2003

Your poem, "Lost In You" is my favorite. Continued success 2 you. Eve Hall

Saturday, March 29, 2003

I love the way you write. Your poetry is beautful - just beautiful. Ann

Monday, March 31, 2003

Your poem, "My Shame" - A bit wordy, BUT, I LOVE IT! Bravo. I will print your last 2 off. Look 4ward now 2 finding the time 2 read more of your newer work. Thanks 4 sharing. keep up the good work. p.s. I am SURE it is sooooo true:(   Eve

Wednesday, April 2, 2003

Dear Jay, I really like your poem "Lost in You" and I am happy that you have once again decided to share your work with those of us who look forward to reading it. I enjoy so many things on your site and love some of the other poets, but I am also hoping to read more of Poetheart's work. Thank you. Joanne

Wednesday, April 2, 2003

Dear Jay, Still alive? I liked your newest poems!

Thursday, April 3, 2003

Dear Poetheart, Your latest entries are wonderful. I am glad to know you are still writing and creating the beautiful poetry which founded your site! "Lost in You" and "Winds of Change" are wonderful. I also like "Shadows" very much. I won't mention "My Shame" because I think that I know what that one is all about - I would really rather not get into anything like that with you. You disguised your thoughts quite cleverly though (wink). Keep up the good work. Bette

Friday, April 4, 2003

Dear Jay, Eunice Irwin is a wonderful poet. I like her work very much. ("Poetry Perception" is really great!) What ever happened to her? How come she no longer contributes to your site? Helene, Seattle, WA

Sunday, April 6, 2003

I was given your url by a poet called Gunslinger whose site I visted. He thought I would enjoy your work....and I have to say that I have very much...your Travelers Tales are wonderful, taking me to the places I visit in my mind. Thank you for sharing it. Some of my own work is online at www.geocites.com/silver_lady12583 I hope you have time for a look...I would value your comments.

Sunday, April 6, 2003

Jay, I don't think you realize the extent of your poetic talent. Your work is truly great. Thanks for sharing it on the Web, although I can think of a dozen other places you should be presenting your talent. Write me when you have a few minutes. Dr. Robert Woods, Syracuse, NY

Monday, April 7, 2003

Thanks Jay. Hope things are well with you. I have been working at self-publishing a small book of my poetry. Hard work, with probably minimal returns. All my best: John

Thursday, April 10, 2003

Jay, I like the poems of your new poet Joe Quinton. I especially liked "Debris" but all three poems are good. I don't know how I missed your adding him. I see that he's been on your site since December. Perhaps the fact that you did not post visitor responses for a long time is a reason. I learn a lot about what's going on from the visitor responses to your site. I am glad to see that you have continued this feature. Steve

Saturday, April 12, 2003

Dear Jay, I see you have a "restricted" section which I never noticed before. What is in there? I need a user name and password. Can you send it to me? Thanks, Lynn

Tuesday, April 15, 2003

John R. Yaws has a new poem on your website called "The Lonely Troubador" which is a great poem in the style of his Traveler's Tales. When I first discovered his work, John was difficult for me to read the first few times as I did not understand the words written in Scottish (?). (Believe this or not I started to read his Tales outloud! I think his poetry is easier to understand if you are a Scot, have a knack for deciphering - or hear them recited outloud!) Now, having read all of his Tales I am used to the way he writes (though in my head I can "hear" the words of his poems) and do enjoy them immensely. John is a talented man with a definite strength in writing poetry. He is also very interesting, as I have read his interview twice. He has the personality of a creative man and an authentic poetic talent. Thank you for a great poetry site for me to visit and poets like John posting their work on it. G.B.

Thursday, April 17, 2003

Dear Jay, Thank you so much for starting up your visitor responses again. What a joy to see this site alive and interactive! I am inspired once again. What a heart you have to stay with this project! From all your readers, and me too -- Thanks! Patricia Lynn

Thursday, April 17, 2003

I really like Richard Amoroso's poem "Our America" which was written more than 3 years ago. (He was your Feb, 2000 featured poet). How perfect it is for this day and age. Richard was way ahead of the rest of us with this poem. Please thank him for me and tell him how much I enjoyed reading it along with his other poems. H.R.

Thursday, April 17, 2003

Dear Jay, This is to tell Christy that I really enjoyed all her newest poems and how each has a different appeal, one of friendship that is heartfelt, one of her mother that paints a picture of time gone by and one that is just for fun (Home to Me)! Christy is an enjoyable poet and I often look forward to seeing her poems.
Jay, I'd like to know more about your posting of "The Best Thing I've Ever Done"-- is this your poem? I see the reference to others on the poem. I like it a lot. Naturally, it makes me very curious about you and what's happening in your life. Be well, friend. Patty

Thursday, April 17, 2003

Jay, Lighthouse: This is a great poem and a very neat sight to read so many poems of basically the same idea. I liked your Lighthouse poem immensely. Fine job! Patty

Friday, April 18, 2003

Dear Jay, Hey there, I hope you're doing well, and staying safe. I'm writing to tell you that I'm so glad to see that you've updated your site, and added all the new visitor comments. I'm also writing to let you know that I absolutely LOVED your poems "Reverent Rosary" and "Wish You Were Here". They really are beautiful, and I'm glad you decided to share them with all your site visitors. "Reverent Rosary" really painted a clear picture, and while reading it I was reminded of all the early morning masses I attended while I was in Catholic school (enclosed is a poem I wrote about it). You have such a unique way of spinning words, and your poems are so inspiring. I also re-read the poem that Dona wrote for you "Lagrimas de un Amigo" and I have no words to tell you how beautiful I think it is. I must say, I enjoyed the Spanish version, it reads so passionately and beautifully. Its one of those poems that I wish I had written. Her friendship and caring for you was so touching and expressive in every line. Thanks so much for being generous enough to share something so personal and special. I noticed you posted three more of my poems and as always, I'm grateful for that. Enclosed are a few more poems for you to post if you decide to. Take care, and I hope to hear from you soon. Always, Cristy

Friday, April 18, 2003

Dear Jay, "Lost in You" is a beautifuly written poem and very much in your style of poetry. Every time you publish a poem like this I am always wondering if it is autobiographical and personal - if some real situation makes you write a poem like that or if it is just pure imagination and creativity. Nice work, Jay. Keep writing. Jude

Saturday, April 19, 2003

Hello, I see that you have many other poets on your poetry website. Would it be too much trouble to ask you to send your guidelines for submitting poetry to your beautiful website? I would like to send some of mine. Thanks. Kathleen

Saturday, April 19, 2003

Hi Jay, I got a kick out of "Winds of Change" and thought it was well written. The words are so true. Real nice job, man. You're always cool. JJ

Sunday, April 20, 2003

Poet, I like the "Petals of Fall" by Paul Papasavas. I suspect this poem is a metaphor for metamorphosis and change. It is not literally about autumn at all. (I don't think H.S. understood that when he/she commented about this poem on January 1, 2003). Not every poet writes literally - some write figuratively. I had to respond to that comment in your visitor responses, which I read religiously. You are so right when you said that they are an indicator of what's going on with your site. Keep up the good work. Your poetry site is really a cool place. Neil

Sunday, April 20, 2003

Your recent posting of "The Lonely Troubador" on John's page is a great addition. It's very much like his "Traveler's Tales" which I enjoy immensely. If John had a book of his poetry, I would certainly buy it. J.C.

Monday, April 21, 2003

Dear Jay, I like "My Way To You" which you recently published in your current work. The idea is great and you have some great lines in it. If I may add one minor criticism...It could be better polished. This one seems kind of "rough" on the edges. Patti B.

Monday, April 21, 2003

I have heard of Maya Angelou but never read her poem "Still I Rise" before. Thank you for having this beautiful and inspiring poem on your site. I was very taken with it. This wonderful poem seemed to tap into my very soul and made me realize that any strength comes from within and not from things around a person. It made me understand that I can conquer any and all adversity because of myself and in spite of others. You have many good choices in your favorite poems. This one is now a favorite of mine also. Thanks, Shauna

Tuesday, April 22, 2003

I think Patricia Lynn's new poem "You" (not a great title though) is beautiful. It seems that this poet has an oasis and a kindred soul which she appreciates and sings praises. She is lucky and so are we for her sharing this poem. Gail Beck

Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Dear Jay, Having read "Echoes" by Dona Lou Pearson's daughter Carla, I see that poetic talent runs in that family. In its simplicity, it's a striking poem. What is strange is that it was posted two years ago (well before Dona's passing) but when I read it, it seemed to be Carla speaking to Dona! It sent chills up my spine. With Love, Mary Anne

Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Poetheart, I like all the new additions to your poetry pages. You site is very alive these days - new poems by favorite site poets, new poems by you, new poets, new visitor response pages, etc. I know sometimes you have other things going on in your life and your site may have to take a back seat to more important things, but it's such a great website and most enjoyable when it's "alive"!! Has anyone told you that your presence is felt on every page of it?? When you are not there, you are missed! Glad you're back and going strong. Thanks, Karen

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Dear Poet, I really like your new poem "My Way To You" and was very moved by it. But the one thing is that you seem to justify any and all things by your claims that it makes you who you are today. This justification is somewhat disappointing. Patti

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Jay, I am happy to see your site has made yet another "comeback" and is going strong. I can see that you have been busy though. I know you have added new poetry by a few of your poets and a few more of your own. You also have a new visitor response page and I have enjoyed reading all the comments from last December until now. Please don't give up maintaining your beautiful poetry site. It's really a great place to visit. Barbara

Thursday, April 24, 2003

Dear Jay, Cristy Ramirez has added so many new poems to your site - and such beautiful work. She is truly amazing and probably one of the best poets on your site. Her poetry is very passionate and insightful. She is indeed an artist with words. Her expression in poetry is matched only by your own, Dona Lou Pearson's and a few of the other poets on your site. I am so impressed with Cristy's poems. The addition of so many new poems was such a nice surprise to me since there were so many new ones within a short time. Thanks for presenting so much new work by this poet. It is good to know she is willing to share so much of herself. We all appreciate it. G.K.

Friday, April 25, 2003

Poetheart, Patricia Lynn's new poem ("You") is beautiful. Please thank her for writing this and then sharing it with the readers of your site. Patricia is very expressive and talented. Joy

Friday, April 25, 2003

Jay, I am a poet from Massachusetts (Boston area) who has been visiting your site for a long time now. What exactly are the guidelines for submitting poetry to your site? All of the poets seem to fit together on your site and this can be a little intimidating to someone wishing to submit his/her poems. I know you request a brief bio with teh submission, but is there anything else I need to know? Is there any subject which is taboo? Is there any form which is not acceptable? Please RSVP. Brian

Friday, April 25, 2003

Dear Jay, I see that Eve Hall continues to be in contact with you. What's the story with her? Her poetry was removed from your site without a trace. I remember that most of the other prominent poets on your site wrote something when Dona Lou Pearson passed away (about the time Eve's poems vanished) except for this poet. I was wondering - is that the reason Eve's poems were taken off your site? It is ironic that she didn't write anything about Dona Lou and then a short time later, her work was removed. Josephine Patterson, New York City

Friday, April 25, 2003

Dear Jay  Hello. I have now published my collected Verse book. It is "CHROME RED" (ISBN 1898030464) and is available from Amazon Books and other booksellers. It contains 117 poems and is illustrated with my graphics. See attached details. Regards. Durlabh Singh

Saturday, April 26, 2003

Jay, First of all, I would like to wish you a Happy Easter. (You are Russian Orthodox and I am Greek Orthodox). I am interested to know how you came to be Russian Orthodox if you are Sicilian? Is this the faith you were raised in or did you convert when you got married? Next I want to tell you that you have a great website. It's huge and has so much poetry on it. I don't recall any other site with as much as yours. Your poems are truly great. You have such a gift for creating poetry which inspires and provokes thought. It's fascinating. You also have some other talented poets on your site like Patricia Lynn and John Yaws. Pat's poem "You" is beautiful and one of my favorites of her poems on your site. John's "The Lonely Troubador" reminds me so much of his Traveler's Tales poems which are so awesome. You also have a poet from New Mexico, Cristy Ramirez...she is REALLY GOOD! Cristy is very passionate in her poetry and bares her soul big time. She is very original in her topics. I see that recently she has added a lot of new poems, which is great for those of us who are into her poetry. You can't get enough of her beautiful poems. Anyway, I better get moving. Thanks for all your hard work in producing such a fine site. Take care. Nick

Saturday, April 26, 2003

Hey Jay, Your poem "The Vikings" from your early work is unbelievable. This poem is not lightweight or fluff - it's a heavy duty message from the depths of you. I am not sure how much of what you write is from your own experience or how much of your creative efforts are the result of imagination, but it doesn't matter - one, the other or both...this poem is a knockout. Being no way explicit, this long poem tells a story even beyond the words of it. Your selection of words and phrases is very descriptive and the imagery is excellent. "Perpetual patrilineal inheritences" "surrealistic dream of life" "we die in rhythm with each tick of the clock" "close our eyes like coffin lids" and "what we inherit from our fathers we bequeath to our sons" - these words burn into the mind of the reader. This poem is truly successful, no matter how one interprets it. Poets who write as you do are around a long time. Thank you. Justin

Sunday, April 27, 2003

Jay, I love all of Cristy's new poems, especially "Travelling" which is my favorite. There's no doubt in my mind that if you do another interview it should be Cristy Ramirez. Wendi

Sunday, April 27, 2003

Patty's poem about the storm IS the perfect April poem. She's ALWAYS appropriate - not just with this poem. J.B.

Monday, April 28, 2003

Dear Jay, I thought I'd drop you a few lines to say thank you. I noticed you posted six more of my poems, and I really am grateful. I know how busy you are, not only with maintaining your site, but with other things as well. I also wanted to write and thank all your site visitors that have made such kind, gracious comments about my poems. Their opinions and comments are interesting to read, and I'm glad they take the time out to write to you to express them, it means a lot. I read Paul's poem "Depth of my Journey" and really enjoyed it. It was very well written, and it is now one of my favorites of Paul's poems. He did a wonderful job, thanks for deciding to post it. Patty's "You" was beautiful and heartfelt. I love the way she uses rhyme and she always has a special way of expressing herself. She's so different in each one of her poems, and I like that a lot. Jay, I read your poem "My Way To You" and cannot say how much I loved it. I had to read it over again. I added it to the list of my favorite poems that you have written. I especially liked the last eight lines. I came across the poem "The Love I Gave You Once" by Faiz Ahmed Faiz. I have never read any work by this poet, but I really liked this poem. It sort of reminds me a little of Neruda's work. I'm not sure if you've read it or not, but I decided to send it anyway. I hope you like it. Thanks again, Jay. Take care, and I hope to hear from you soon. Cristy

Monday, April 28, 2003

Hi Jay...How has it been? It's been quite a while since I last wrote to you...I must have missed so much. I want to congratulate you first for the way you manage the site. It's really amazing, all this work that you have done. I want to say thank you for all that you've done for me, and your appreciation of my work... I have just graduated last April 2. I have a lot of free time now. I'll be starting my work in May...although I'll be enrolling for another degree, multimedia arts. I haven't really written poetry for quite some time...It must be months, I guess. If it's still okay, I'm going to send you those which I have written recently... Again, thank you and always take care. My poems are enclosed. Maieh

Monday, April 28, 2003

Oh my God! Everyone has new poems! It seems everyone has been busy, including you! I am enjoying your site very much right now. Cristy Ramirez hits home for me with her poems 9 out of 10 times. her poems really rock! Tanya

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Dear Jay, I usually don't write into the sites I visit but I had to write to you. I am a high school English teacher and an avid reader of contemporary poetry in the English language. I must tell you that I think your poetry is one of the best I have visited and the tremendous collection of fine poetry is astounding. Some of the poets who have contributed their work to your site are talented people. It makes me happy to see that poetry is alive and well...and being "promoted" by your site. Today's voices in today's language in this craft is an essential beauty for our culture. Thank you sincerely for your work in producing your poetry site. I am curious about your background, Jay. Are you an educator? Why is it that you have never been the featured poet? Also, I like the work of Patricia Lynn. Her poetry is so good - heartfelt and sincere - and a pleasure to read. Ms. Lynn's use of rhyme (no doubt one "benefit" of her background as a speech pathologist) is most competent. Her content never suffers from it. Her poetry is most enjoyable. Sincerely, Marian B.

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Jay, I love Cristy's new poems! Gisella

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Dear Jay, There's a lot going on at poetheart.com. All the new additions are great and I really love your site more than ever. JerseyBeachGirl

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Hey Jay, Just read your new poem and think it's outstanding. It's definitely one of my favorites. John

Thursday, May 1, 2003

Dearest Poetheart, I think your new poem "How Can I Tell You?" is very well done. I could almost smell and taste the uncertainty you are describing. It's a fine piece. Denise

Thursday, May 1, 2003

Poetheart, You said that any feedback on Cristy's new poem "Fifty Summers" would be appreciated so I thought I would write to
tell both you and Cristy how much I was moved by this dedication to her mother. There is something particularly touching about poems written and dedicated to family. So many times talent does not celebrate the roots we tend to leave behind. "Fifty Summers" is a beautiful poem for many reasons. This vivid portrayal of her mother's struggle demonstrates how children see everything and an impression is created which is later remembered. The lines of Cristy's poem are simple but they say so much more than the words. That it is "for/about her mother" is a beautiful touch. I am imagining what her mother might have thought and said about it when she read it. Cristy Ramirez is truly a very talented young poet. I have read all of her poems on your site. Thank you both. Sincerely, Marie

Friday, May 2, 2003

Jay, Paul Papasavas has published a large amount of poetry on your site lately - all of it good. One poem which is my favorite is "Tock..Tock" because of it's simple truth. Paul's poems have become increasingly better. I am not sure if it is due to improvement in his writing or a higher standard of selection on your part. "Tick..Tock" is very good though. I would not be surprised to know you received a number of favorable comments about this poem. Keep up the nice work in writing and managing the site. Jerry

Friday, May 2, 2003

Hey Poet, Read your poem "Shadows" (02/2003) and find it to be an amateur attempt to develop a poem from one very original idea. What's going on? I know your work and think you know you can do much better than this. It's a real disappointment to see you post something like this. Joe

Saturday, May 3, 2003

Jay, I am happy to see that you much is happening on your site these days. I was perusing the user submissions and your current work. I also like to read the visitor feedback pages. It's almost as if the Spring brings all the poets out of their winter hibernation. So many new poems by your site poets - or did you lay down the law and crack that whip? (hahaha) I love Patricia's "Alone They Wait In Silence" and Cristy's "For You." I am glad to see your site is brimming with lots of new poems. Fran

Sunday, May 4, 2003

Dear Jay, Your new poem "To my favorite poet..." is great! It's so filled with passion. I am curious about which poet could make Poetheart himself feel and say these things - care to share?? With Love, Stephanie

Sunday, May 4, 2003

Dear Jay, Patty's most recent poems are beautiful. I read both "Alone They Wait In Silence" and "Maggie Quinn" and I fell in love with her poetry all over again. She's just so damn good! Though she seems to be somewhat reserved, her sensuality and passion comes through between the lines of her poems. I also love the way her poems rhyme and there is a melody to her lines (I know she is into lyrics). Her poems are pleasing to read. Geoff  P.S. - I notice she is going to be your featured poet next month. I'm looking forward to reading her interview!

Monday, May 5, 2003

Dear Poetheart, Your poem "How Can I Tell You?" is excellent!! I read this poem several times and I just could not get over how well it was done. I think many people, both men and women, can relate to this poem on many levels for a number reasons - who hasn't been in those shoes and didn't know how to tell someone something they felt they had to tell them?? What a portrayal of uncertainty and apprehension! This is surely the creation of someone with a genuine talent and a knack for putting the uncanny into words. Thanks. JoJo

Monday, May 5, 2003

I'm excited to hear that you will be doing another poet interview. I think Patricia Lynn is an excellent choice! Looking forward to seeing this interview. I know this means you will be posting more of her poems also. Usually, when a poet is interviewed, you put up more of their work just before the interview appears. This is great! B.W.

Tuesday, May 6, 2003

Dear Jay, I logged onto your web site and was unable to find any poems on your site. Where are they? Also, I have a dog biscuit for sale. Do you know anyone who needs one? Thanks Me

Tuesday, May 6, 2003

Hey there, Jay! I was just visiting your website after not going there for a few weeks and saw all the new stuff you have going on there. It seems everyone is adding new work and you started up your visitor response pages again, which is very cool. Glad to see your site is productive again. I also like Cristy's new poems. Please tell her. John D.

Wednesday, May 7, 2003

Jay, I'm glad you're finally doing another poet interview and happy's it's Patty. I'm looking forward to reading that. It should be interesting. What's great about the interviews is that whatever you don't ask the readers can ask during the Q&A once the interview is posted on your site. Terri

Thursday, May 8, 2003

Jay, I really like your essay "Nostalgia" and think you wrote a great little story there. It brought me back in time to my own roots as I read it. Thanks. Jackie

Friday, May 9, 2003

Hey Poet! I was wondering what ever happened to a few poets from your site...Laryalee Fraser (who only has two poems on your site but who writes beautifully), Eunice Irwin (who is a major talent and has not submitted anything in almost two years), and Richard Amoroso (who has some great poems on your site and who was one of your earliest featured poets)? Are they still writing? How come you don't have anything recent from them? Please write back and thanks. Geri

Friday, May 9, 2003

Dear Jay, Patty's new poem "Alone They Wait In Silence" is an amazing poem. Unrequited love, the tone and rhyme, and her talent all make this poem really wonderful to read and enjoy. I am anticipating her upcoming interview. Rose

Saturday, May 10, 2003

Jay, Exactly how do you determine who will be the featured poet? I think I may know the answer to this but want to hear it from you. G.C.

Saturday, May 10, 2003

Dear Jay, I enjoyed Patty's two most recent poems, especially "Maggie Quinn" which is my favorite. Patty's poems get increasingly better with each new one. I am really looking forward to her upcoming interview. I have speculated which of her poems she might select as her featured poem and have narrowed it down to two possibilities. It has to be either "The Storm" or "Alone They Wait In Silence." (I do know it will be something submitted fairly recently). It seems to me that her poetry has changed and Patty has matured in her writing. She is more "poetic" these days than she was when she first appeared on your site. Anyway, she is very talented and I am always looking for new poems from her. Reading her poetry is always enjoyable. Melanie

Sunday, May 11, 2003

Jay, Your new poem "To my favorite poet..." was a great idea and I like it very much. Not so much because it well written (because it really isn't) but because of the idea of the poem and what prompted you to write it. The language is quite nice but I think it's just a little too long. After a while it gets boring and somewhat repetitious. Nice effort on developing one of your ideas. So which poet is this written to? T.F.

Sunday, May 11, 2003

Poetheart, Cristy Ramirez is just amazing. Her poetry is so real and so passionate. I am happy she has added some new poems for readers to enjoy. I thank her. Sincerely, Michelle

Monday, May 12, 2003

Jay, John Yaws is a great poet. I love his work more than I can express. His latest poem "Live" is a marvelous and well written poem. I can understand why you like his work so much. Everything he has published on your website is excellent. He's in a class with just a few other poets on your site. I am wondering if he is the poet who wrote to you early April to say that he is publishing a small book of his poetry? Will you be providing contact information or in any way promoting his book? Thanks, H.D.

Monday, May 12, 2003

Jay, Your poem about Sarajevo is really good. It touched me the way you brought the agony of a war so removed from our everyday lives right into the heart here at home. I think it was a well done. Also, I am happy to see all of Cristy's new poems. I especially liked "Travelling" and think it's one of her best ones. Cristy Ramirez has quite a few poems on your site now. I remember back to the summer of 2001 when she started out on your site and had two or three poems. The thing is that even though the number of poems has multiplied, every one of them is good! Joella

Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Dear Jay, "Tick Tock" is a good poem. Paul should write like this more often. Joe

Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Poet, How come you have never interviewed Durlabh Singh or Cristy Ramirez? This comes up since you are now planning to interview Patricia Lynn. Dave

Thursday, May 15, 2003

Hi Jay, I just read Cristy's new addition "For You" and like it a lot. I really like her poetry and was very happy to see all te new poems she has added to her page. I am just wondering why you didn't post this poem until April when she sent it to you in December? How come it was held up for so long? The same goes for "Fifty Summers Ago." Jan

Thursday, May 15, 2003

Dear Jay, Dave Parzanese is great young poet. I read his "new" poem "One's Peaceful Self" and thought it was such a remarkable poem for someone so young. Turns out the "new" poem was from August, 2002 - has he written anything lately? I also noticed that he has "~E.E." after his name - what does this mean??? Thanks, Carol Emmons

Friday, May 16, 2003

Jay, I was surprised to see all those new poems by Eunice Irwin. She's very good, but it seems like you got a little bit carried away and were not as selective as you should have been. Of the 12 new poems only half of them are truly up to quality standards. Not everything everyone writes should be posted. Bill

Friday, May 16, 2003

Dear Jay, I am looking forward to your interview with Patricia Lynn. Pat is a good choice to be featured. :-) Jennifer

Saturday, May 17, 2003

Dear Poetheart, Your poetry fills up my heart. I just love the way you write. My favorite poems are "Sirens" "Arrival" "Poet Noir" and "One Hundred Moons." as well as several from your most current poetry. I like the haiku "Betrayal" very much. The only other poet who even comes close to you in passion and originality is Cristy Ramirez. You both have a unique style and paint beautiful word pictures. Thank you for sharing your talent. Margo

Sunday, May 18, 2003

Jay, So much is happening on your site these days! Good to see new work from Maieh and Eunice Irwin. Eunice has added so many new poems. I like many of the new ones. John Yaws, Paul and Patricia have also added new poems. I am very impressed with Cristy's new poems. She's such an excellent poet - maybe more than she realizes. I am also looking forward to your interview with Patricia Lynn. Keep up the good work, all of you! Melanie

Sunday, May 18, 2003

Dear Jay, Hello there. It looks like you've been very busy! Adding new poems and the visitor responses. I think all of Poetheart.com's visitors are truly grateful for all the hard work and effort you put into your site. I wanted to write to tell you that I read "To My Favorite Poet" and really loved it. You've done it again - painted a beautiful portrait with words. The rhythm and phrasing is awesome. "How Can I Tell You" is another beautiful poem, thanks for sharing it. I was wondering if you ever get into a writing "slump"? I haven't written anything I consider good in a few weeks now... I read and enjoyed Patty's "Alone They Wait In Silence" and I'm really looking forward to reading her interview, and reading all her replies to the Q&A session. I'm curious as to which of her poems she'll choose for her "featured poem". Please tell Patty that I love reading her work, and I admire her as a poet. I am enclosing a few of my poems, I hope you like them. I hope to hear from you soon. Be safe, and take care. Cristy

Sunday, May 18, 2003

Hey Jay, I must say that I'm impressed; not only by the poetry on the site, yours included, but by your diversity. Some poets seem to be stuck on one or two experiences or emotions. You've incorporated several life experiences into yours. I was also impressed by your use of French, Italian and Spanish. I speak dialect Italian (mostly Neopolitan and Sicilian) and fluent Spanish (hence my interest in Pablo Neruda, Alfonsina Storni, Gabriel Garcia Marquez). Although most of my experience is in prose, I love poetry also. Would love to talk to you more about it. Keep up the good work. Loved the site. Talk to you soon. Frank

Monday, May 19, 2003

"How Can I Tell You?" is beautiful! You really did a job with this one! Congratulations on another excellent poem. I loved it.

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Hello Jay:  I found you while summoning poetry on the WEB. I absolutely could not believe the words of Pablo Neruda. The Maņana Love Sonnets were just what I needed to hear. He speaks for my heart. You are exceptional. Thank you for sharing your vision with others. I enjoy your work and often refer to it when I am on down time. I work in a Catholic School on Miami Beach. Your Story/Essay on Nostalgia touched me. Keep the Web Page flowing! Delfina

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Jay, What is going on in your life these days? It's reflected in your poetry (which is very different in tone these days).. Thanks for sharing yourself. J.D.

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Hey Jay, Your poem "My Shame" is a cleverly disguised political commentary. My sentiments exactly - and probably those of many more people. You're a very intelligent man. James

Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Dear Jay, I wrote to you in early April and appreciated your personal response to my comments with your e-mail. I got a real kick out of reading my own comments in your visitor responses. Your site is always so real and so alive. I am looking forward to reading Patricia's interview coming in June. It should be very interesting. She is a very talented woman and her poems are so amazing. (I love the way her poems rhyme!) I think it's a unique idea the way you have a Question & Answer after the interview which allows readers to ask what they want. Keep up the really great work. I have to say it again - can't wait to read more of your poetry. No one writes poetry like you do. Joanne

Thursday, May 22, 2003

Hey there, Poet! After learning on your site that you will be interviewing Patty, I decided to read her poems again. I can understand why you decided to pick her to be your featured poet. One of her poems that I think is really good is "It's Forbidden" which has been on your site since last year. This is one of her best ones (and I am betting that this is the one she will choose as her featured poem) and exemplifies her poetry very well. Her poetic tribute to your "prima poetess" Dona Lou Pearson in "Lady Dove" was well done and beautifully written. What a sweet remembrance! It's a nice thought that your poets appreciate each other's work. Recently Patty wrote a great poem on that very familiar theme of unrequited love called "Alone They Wait In Silence" which was very impressive. "Maggie Quinn" was also a beautifuly written portrait in words. Take it easy and thanks for having poets like Patty on your site. Steve

Friday, May 23, 2003

Jay, I love all of Cristy's new poems, especially "Mexico" and "Fifty Summers Ago." I also think "For You" is great. Cristy is one of your best poets! Joe Frank

Saturday, May 24, 2003

Hi Jay, "How Can I Tell You?" is really good. It's so cool the way you capture a situation with such insight. One thing is that you don't write frivolous poems - they always have a message. You're a true poet. Thanks. J.V.M.

Saturday, May 24, 2003

Cristy Ramirez writes awesome poetry! I love all her work. - Joe

Sunday, May 25, 2003

Dear Jay, I am so honored that a poet of your caliber would visit my poetry pages and sign my guest book with such kindness and generosity. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Sarayah

Sunday, May 25, 2003

Poetheart, The poem about love given in your admired work section by Faiz Ahmed Faiz is so beautiful. I have never heard of that poet before and thank you for turning me on to him. You have excellent taste in poetry. Janie

Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Jay, I cried when I read "Little White Cell" by James Angus Mackay. It's a sad but beautiful poem. Annie

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Jay, I just read Patty's "The Letter" - it was very different from most of her other poems. To be honest, I didn't really understand it. She doesn't seem to be saying anything or come to any point with this one. What's up with this one? I am disappointed with this one. Gina B.

Thursday, May 29, 2003

Dear Jay, Eunice Irwin and Cristy Ramirez have added so many new poems. They are really ambitious lately and you have added so much of ther new work. Is this because either or both of them will be the featured poet this year? J.C.

Saturday, May 31, 2003

I totally disagree with Gina and think "The Letter" is great. I love it. What's so difficult to understand? I like the way this one is written - the dialog is beautiful.

Sunday, June 1, 2003

Dear Jay, Your site just gets better and better. The new additions are phenomenal. Your site is not all decoration - you have the ultimate content. Thank you on behalf of all who have visited and all those to come. Judy

Tuesday, June 3, 2003

Dear Poetheart, I love Cristy Ramirez. Her poetry really touches me. She has been on your site for a long time and I am wondering why she has never been interviewed. Her work is beautiful and her talent is obvious. I think she would make a good choice. Sincerely, Faith

Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Jay, Since I love the poetry of Pablo Neruda, I did a search - and your site came up. I was very impressed with your site so I decided to write and let you know how much I enjoyed visiting my visit (and I also happened to find a few of Neruda's poems! It was great that you had both the English and Spanish versions of his poems). Thanks a lot. I have bookmarked your site to visit again. Joe

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