"Visitor Response"

I thought it would be interesting for you to read some visitor comments from all the e-mail I have received. These are only a fraction of the many comments sent to me.  The average week brings me approximately 100 e-mails and I respond to almost 90% of it. It is nearly impossible for me to file the many letters, so many of them are read, answered and deleted after that. But here are some that I have held onto for one reason or another...You might even see something you wrote to me!  - poetheart 01/02/01

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Jul  - Dec 2002
Jan - Jun  2002
Jul  - Dec 2001
Jan - Jun  2001 (This page)
Jul  - Dec 2000
Jan - Jun  2000

Tuesday, January 2, 2001

Dear Jay (Poetheart), You probably have no idea how much your beautiful poetry touches others...or maybe you do with all the response you receive. Your words reach out from your heart to the heart and soul of your reader. What a brilliant mind you have. The lady in your life is very lucky if you love like you indicate you do! You have such a great site. There is so much to read on it. Thank you sincerely, Joanne, Madison, WI

Tuesday, January 9, 2001

Jay the Poetheart . . . . I stumbled across your website and I am so glad I did. I am putting together my own website. I, too, am a massage therapist in Florida, and I was looking for some good links. I am also a writer, I have been keeping journals since 1978, writing poetry, thoughts, dreams, wishes and thoughts of others that I admire. Your poetry is wonderful and soulful and heartfelt, and i thoroughly enjoyed reading your hearts feelings. I am just getting started with my massage business, doing out-calls part-time while working fulltime doing recruiting/employment work for a large semiconductor company (I also have a 16 year old daughter who is a joy to my heart most of the time). Sounds like your business is doing fine, if you have any helpful hints to share, I would sincerely appreciate all the help I can get. Again, your website is wonderful. Good luck, Trudy

Wednesday, January 10, 2001

Poetheart, Your poetry is really beautiful. You are fortunate to possess such talent to express yourself the way you do. I have read most of your poems and have several favorites. I also like Dona Pearson's poems very much. Her poetry is amazing. I have read the poet interviews and liked them but wonder why you did not continue this feature? It's very interesting. Anyway, I like your site and will visit over again. Thanks.

Thursday, January 11, 2001

Dear Poetheart, Hello, my name is Darci and I just happened to stumble upon your page. I must say that I love your work. Your poetry is quite touching and beautiful. I write poetry myself. It is truly the only time I can ever really express myself fully to where someone else could understand my feelings. I am said to be a highly emotional person and I tend to take everything to heart. Your poetry really touched me and I must thank you for this page and for your wonderful mind. I will keep visiting your site to read your current works. And maybe, just maybe i will post a few of my own. ~Darci

Thursday, January 11, 2001

Poetheart, If this doesn't beat all! The poet now further glorifies himself by posting what? The "Best of Poetheart's Letters"? Come on now! Who cares about your personal e-mail? If you can't come up with more original poetry, why use your site visitors letters now? The visitors don't come here to read your letters. They come to read the poetry. Why do you "alleged" poets think it's always all about you? You should not have done this "guestbook" type thing - it's so tacky! B.T.

Saturday, January 13, 2001

Jay: I had written earlier, promising feedback on your site, to which you have been kind enough to post a few of my own offerings. I read through a number of poems from your early and present works, then a number of others posted under user submissions. I then jumped to the section on visitor response and read most of the messages there. What an eye-opener. People who love your work, people who hate it, and I suppose, a few people who thought it was somewhere in-between. Some of the writers glowed about your work, others blasted it. Sometimes, I wonder where people are coming from. Well, I guess it must be a growing experience. I sincerely doubt that anyone who ever did anything great did it without critics in the background. I've been thinking a great deal about why I started to bother to write poetry myself, and I've come to the conclusion that I do it for my own well-being and spiritual health. I suppose that if anyone else gleans something from it, that's great, but essentially, I find it therapeutic ..... for me. I've only started to write poetry recently, but have quickly found it to be a wonderful form of therapy for this particularly troubled soul. I think it must take great courage to spend the time you have on your site, not to mention the hours in writing your own wonderful work, and then post it there for the whole world to read, and then love, hate, praise, or criticise. Take heart, you are most assuredly in the upper category of people described by this brief note I received from a friend: Great people discuss ideas Average people discuss events Lesser people discuss people Let the critics have their day and say. Keep putting your ideas out for the world to see. I'm rooting for you as much as Seabring in the sixth (at 100:1 odds). Eunice Irwin

Saturday, January 13. 2001

Dear Jay, I have been to your site many times in the past year and have always enjoyed my time there. I have never written to you before. I am writing to you now to tell you that I think your work is wonderful, although you seem to follow very little poetic form. You do write beautifully though and you express your mind and heart very well. You paint images in the minds of your readers so enigmatically. You have posted more and more of your own poetry in the past few months and I have enjoyed it very much. Keep writing! Thank you. -DBG

Sunday, January 14, 2001

Poet, Let me say that your prose and poetry is some of the finest of contemporary poets I have read. You have touched me in so many ways with your beautiful words and exquisite images. I can't thank you enough but please know that I am a big fan of yours and hope that more and more people in the world will be exposed to your poetry in the future. I wish you continued success. Lettie

Sunday, January 14, 2001

Poetheart, What would it take for someone as talented as you are, to publish your poetry? I am amazed that you do not have your poetry published. You are far too modest for your talent and very generous to the poets whose work you post on your site. I love your mind, your heart and your work. Cristina

Tuesday, January 16, 2001

Poet, What a nice idea to share your e-mail letters with the visitors to your site, just as you have shared your heart! Your giving knows no bounds. And I am sure many of your "fans" are grateful, as I am. Sometimes I come here and just read the various comments, which give me more insight into one of my favorite poets. Thank you. MGK

Thursday, January 18, 2001

Poetheart, Why are you saying "Hey, everybody - look at me!"? How unbecoming an artist of your caliber! It is also very disappointing. When poetry becomes more about the artist than his expression, much of the art is lost. FN

Saturday, January 20, 2001

Dear Jay, I really like your new poems....not a surprise. Keep adding more, more, more! Love, Dona

Saturday, January 20, 2001

YO!!! What's uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuup? ( hehehehe ) So, where are the new interviews you've been promising??? I checked today and the same 3 are still there. I've noticed the site growing still.........GOOD!!!!!! It looks better then ever. Then again, it always was a class act. Take a bow, dude, you deserve one..... I should start writing again. I can NOT believe it's almost ONE YEAR since I first made contact with you.. Talk about time flying....geeez. How are things going???? Any newness in your life?????? Any publishing deals on the horizon? Talk to me, son.....clue me as to the latest goings on, ok? Maybe someday, we'll hook up for a few cold ones, eh? Seems you've found several news poets to add to your fledgling stable... ( remember that !!!???!!! )......Jay, you deserve to get published.....and I hope you do.......stay in touch, eh? richard

Sunday, January 21, 2001

Poetheart, Tonight I visited your website and know it was just the first of many visits I will make to your site. I was there for almost 2 hours savoring your beautiful poetry. I think your poems are undiscovered treasures and your talent is a blessing to the world. Thank you. E.B.

Tuesday, January 23, 2001

Hi, My name is Alexis and I am from Sydney, Australia. I am a newly married and my husband and I are musicians in a band. A friend of ours from the Net turned us on to your site and now we both love visiting it. Thank you so much for having such a beautiful and worthwhile place on the Net. Alexis & James Parry

Friday, January 26, 2001

Poet, Great site. Enjoyed the poetry. Stop wasting your time doing whatever it is you are doing if you're not writing. You should be writing poetry, prose and lyrics. Joe from Las Vegas

Tuesday, January 30, 2001


Wednesday, January 31, 2001

Hi, Poet, I searched poetry and came across your website. It's very different and I was fascinated by it. There are no advertisements or banners, no gimmicks, nothing to buy, no literary bs, no contests - just poetry. Your poetry (which incidentally is wonderful) and the poems of friends and people who visit your site. I browsed through your site for a while and felt very much "at home" there, like I was having a visit to a friend's house, sitting on his porch, absorbing the wonders of his world. The poet interviews were great, but you stopped after just three of them. I would really like to see more of these interviews. I am sure your readers would too. In fact, I would like to see YOUR interview! Sincerely, Janie

Saturday, February 3, 2001

Dear Poet, Visited your site for the first time last night and had to write to you and let you know how much my friend and I enjoyed it. You are very talented (superior poet) as are some of your other poets - Dona Lou Pearson (a true and wonderful poet in every sense), Richard Amoroso (very clever and versatile poet with a "personality"), James Mackay (definitely a future famous poet!) and Eunice Irwin (excellent poet and borderline genius). You should get together and publish your excellent poetry for all to enjoy. Sadia in Boston

Sunday, February 4, 2001

E-Mail to Michaelangelo:   Dear Jay, It has been a few months since I last visited your site. I like the addition of comments by visitors. I especially enjoy the negative comments you have included, as they provide such comic relief. Can you imagine this e-mail? "Dear Mike, I visited your website, and your sculpture depicted sucks, to say the least! You should get a real job". Nobody wants to see this type of carved rock crap anymore! You should give it up. What a stupid name. Who are you trying to impress with "Michaelangelo", anyway?" Thanks for keeping up the site, as I know it is lots of work, but well worth the effort to those of us who do appreciate it. Steven Hodgin

Wednesday, February 7, 2001

I wanted you to know that I enjoyed your poetry. Although I have not had time to indulge in much of it at this time, I have bookmarkd the site for later extravagances. My writing is limited to research into aging and Alzheimers disease. I too love Gibran and I look for copies of  "The Prophet" to give as gifts because I think it contains alot of ancient wisdom teachings that should be shared. Check out Krisnamurti if you get a chance. Thanks again and keep writing. You have a talent. Deb

Friday, February 9, 2001

Poetheart, Your website was recommended by a friend who knows I like original poetry. I must say that I am real glad that she told me about your site. It's great. Only read some of your poems tonight. There are so many on there! I have to keep coming back to enjoy reading more of them. Just wanted you to know I think your site is great. Thanks.

Tuesday, February 13, 2001

Poet, Did anyone ever tell you that your poems remind them of songs? As I was reading your poems I thought how they would be great songs. Ever try putting them to music? Will visit your site again, man. Tom

Wednesday, February 14, 2001

Poet/Jay, Enjoyed your site and will defintely visit again. Great site and great poetry. Keep it going. JT

Friday, February 23, 2001

Dear Jay, I just returned from your site and had to write to tell you how much I truly enjoy your work. "Anne Boleyn Syndrome" is truly great. I have seen better than "Repentance" but it is good nonetheless. I take it that "When Bo Is Gone" was written for a friend (as it includes references to "inside" things for which the average reader has no real appreciation) and I was entertained by this inside view of your writing. Thank you again for your sharing so much of yourself through your words. Sincerely, T.J.

Monday, February 26, 2001

Dear Friend Jay, I visit here from time to time, always looking for your latest poem, and always glad that I have come again, especially when there is something new. Your poetry is, to me, excellent, and I agree with others who have said you should be published. It has been a long time since I have heard from you, and I have worried that something has been wrong. Having read "For Carl," I surmise that I was right. I hope that you are well and that joy will find you and fill your heart up so that the next submission from you will reflect less sorrow. You are a true poet, and for me, a true friend. Love, Dona

Wednesday, February 28, 2001

Poet, I have been to your site many times and have always enjoyed your poetry. I am writing to tell you that I have recently returned to your site to complete my reading of your "Portraits" series (I thoroughly enjoyed those) and I found and read those and also the other poetry posted in November and December. I find you to be a fascinating poet who knows how to paint with words. "The Dresser" was wonderful and "Deception" was unnerving. You also managed to touch me with "Estrangement" and "My House" as well as a few other poems. The images you paint are sometimes familiar and sometimes strange, but always so moving, so complete, so real. I think that I have read every one of your poems presented to date. Please don't stop your wonderful work. Please keep publishing your work for all to appreciate. You may not have any idea how much your hand reaches out to touch the people who read your wonderful work. But I will tell you that your words are a tapestry of sensitivity and insight on a variety of subjects and issues that is astonishing. Thank you very sincerely. Anne Marie, Hartford, CT

Saturday, March 3, 2001

Dear Poetheart, I have just read "Anne Boleyn Syndrome" and I must say that I think it is a very fine piece which I enjoyed very much. It reveals a cultural literacy more than anything you have written since "Aged" and "Sirens" and is truly a great poem. B.T.G.

Sunday, March 4, 2001

Poet, I read your Anne Boleyn poem and thought is was really cool. I had another favorite of your poems before reading this one, but now this one is it for me. Nice job. NightStar

Monday, March 5, 2001

Dear Poet, Just read some of your current work. I have been to your site before, but that was a long time ago. It has really grown since I was there last June. There is so much more of your poetry now and it's good to see that on your site. I really think you are very talented. Keep writing. JC

Friday, March 9, 2001

I was perusing your site and really enjoyed the work and the layout! I myself love to write and enjoy reading another's work. I have enclosed a poem for you, whether you want to put it up or not is not my concern, but I thought I should share something with you since you have poured out much for the world to see. Once again, wonderful site! :) Christine

Friday, March 9, 2001

Poetheart, I can't believe what a beautiful site I have just visited! Truly wonderful poetry and in such a comfortable site. I enjoyed myself for almost an hour and a half without the usual interruptions normally encountered on alleged poetry sites - no sales or banners or bs. I like your work and think you got a lot going for you with your poetry. I bookmarked your site to visit again. I also write poems and may submit something to your site. What better place to have my work put - I would be in good company. Thanks. Brian

Saturday, March 10, 2001

Hi Poet, Wow! I cannot believe what great poetry you write! Amazing! I like each one more than the next. I was completely mesmerized reading your work. You are very talented. Your site is great. Sincerely, Nancy

Monday, March 12, 2001

Poetheart, I have just read a great number of the poems in your current section and then went to your early work. I am simply astounded by the depth of your expression. It seems to me that you have had this wonderful gift for your entire life. You are not the lucky one, though - those of us who get to read and enjoy your wonderful poems are the lucky ones. Thank you. Jill

Wednesday, March 14, 2001

Poetheart, Though you lack style and need to learn more about meter and form, you have a way of expressing your feelings and thoughts magnificently. If you are not yet published, it is probably only because you have obviously not been educated in writing poetry. I suggest you take some classes and poetry workshops. I am not saying that to be unkind or anything. I am suggesting it to help you. You have a great talent that you should develop.

Thursday, March 15, 2001

Dear Sir, I have written several poems about a mythical Scot, whom I call the Traveler. Several of them deal with episodes in Scottish history. I saw your page and thought you might be interested. If so, I will be glad to e-mail you a sample. If I do not hear from you I will assume that you are not interested. Sincerely, John Yaws

Friday, March 16, 2001

Poet, Your site is really great. Your work is very good and encompasses many subjects. I think your work is really very good. Thanks for having such a great site and for sharing your work and yourself with the world. Tom

Sunday, March 18, 2001

Jay, Here's a 'voice' from the past! I just got through looking at your web site. You have done such a great job in putting it together. You should feel very proud. I also loved the photo album. I'm so glad you made it a part of the site. I also learned that you are Russian Orthodox - which I think is really neat. Warmly, Chet

Wednesday, March 21, 2001

Hi  My name is Lioness. I noticed the poem called "Kitchen Wars" on your site. I am in the process now of making my own community. I was wondering if you would give me permission to use your poem on my site for recipes and crafts? I would love to provide the link to your site with it, if you would let me use it. I look forward to hearing from you. Love and Light, Lioness Carol

Thursday, March 22, 2001

Dear Poet, You seem to be mostly motivated by sadness and disappointment. Doesn't anything happy ever happen to you? If so, please write about THAT sometimes. Don't be so heavy because your poetry is very very depressing. Thanks. Brianna

Thursday, March 22, 2001

Jay, Your talent to express is quite evident and all of the poetry on your site attests to that. I am quite taken by your passion and sensitivity. It has been a long time since I have read such expression and it was completely awesome. I am also a poet and would give anything to be able to write with the fire and the passion you seem to have made into your signature. I would recognize your work anywhere. Thank you sincerely for sharing your great work. Leah

Friday, March 23, 2001

Dear Poet, Just visited your website and caught up on all the poetry you have posted since my last visit to your site a few months ago. I loved the "Portraits" you painted for your readers. Very insightful and thought provoking. I like the poem "Estrangement" as it touched me that you could be so real about a subject close to my own situation. And then the poems "The Dresser" and "The Summer of '62" are both nostalgic and also very wonderful. Reading them takes one right there into your thoughts and feelings. "Anne Boleyn Syndrome" is simply a great poem. Very clever and also very original. The designs of your poetry are many times enigmatic and always beautiful. Please don't stop adding to your website. There are many of us who look forward to the places you take us each time we visit your website. We are grateful for way you enrich us. Joe & Lynn

Saturday, March 24, 2001

Dear Poetheart, Your words speak to my soul and caress my being. You exhilarate me. You depress me. You make me smile. You make me cry. You make me think. You make me feel. You show me a new perspective. You remind me and also make me forget. You completely captivate me. You truly possess the heart of a poet as you weave your tapestry of tears and smiles, hurt and pain, joy and sorrow, remembrances and souvenirs...your life unraveling before your readers, revealing your heart and baring your soul. You are courageous and innovative in your expression of the things which have made you Poetheart. Always, Annalisa

Saturday, March 24, 2001

Poet, Like your new poems, especially "Estrangement" and "Anne Boleyn Syndrome" and a few others you've added recently. I am also a poet, though not of the caliber that you and your friends are, and would like to submit some of my poems for you to read. Perhaps you will find them fit to post on your site. Thanks. Jim

Sunday, March 25, 2001

Title of e-mail:  Your Website
E-mail message:  
Really Really Sucks!

Sunday, March 25, 2001

Poetheart, Your recent poems reflect a big change in your writing. You seem to have changed somehow and I am not sure if that is good or bad. It also reflects things going on in your personal life. Can you afford to be so transparent? If you would only demonstrate the same passion and depth you had in your earlier poems, you might not seem to be so "commercial" and generic in your poetry. Did the popularity of your website go to your head? Please write me back if you have the time. Sincerely, Lynda

Tuesday, March 27, 2001

Dear Poet, I began reading each and every one of your poems from your earliest one to your most recent. I've done this in the past week, after religiously reading several poems each evening. I must say that your collection of poems left me quite impression. I was moved by several of them. Various times I was amazed at your age when you wrote some of these. You were quite the poet even when you were a young man. That you could even grasp some of those ideas you wrote about is very amazing. I really enjoy your work and appreciate the way you present your poetry in a chronological order. It does show your "evolution" mentioned by you on your home page. Thank you for having such a great website. G.T.

Thursday, March 29, 2001

Poetheart, Your website is so great because you have so many of your poems on it. By avoiding your site, I spare myself the agony of reading your horrible so-called poetry. I won't come back. Thanks for keeping it all together. Joe

Friday, March 30, 2001

Dear Poet, Attached are two poems to your site for your consideration. I must say your site is very impressive. Going to your site inspires me with the beauty I find there. You're a wonderful poet. Maria

Saturday, March 31, 2001

Dear Jay, I hope you are in no way daunted by those who would idiotically try to critique your work by saying such stupid things as "your website sucks." No one with any class would even think that, as it is quite obvious that you have put much thought and work into your site. I come here from time to time to see what is new, to read some of what I have read before in order to be inspired. Your site helps me know that I am not the only "oddball" who loves to read and to write poetry. And the majority of those who read your work know that you are a gifted poet. Thank you for all that you have done and for allowing me to be a small part of it. Love, Dona

Saturday, March 31, 2001

Just reading some of your poetry. Doing a good job!  Pete And Joan

Saturday, March 31, 2001

Poet, I was just visiting your site and realized that you have a visitor response section. I never saw it before. I started to read the comments you have received about your site and was very surprised to see that you posted the negative responses as well as the positive ones. What is the purpose of posting the negative ones? In fact, what is the purpose of showing any of the responses to your website? I don't get it. Can you enlighten me? What am I missing? K.M.

Sunday, April 1, 2001

Poet, Nice website. Really nice work. Thanks for sharing your poems with everyone. Janina

Monday, April 2, 2001

Mr. Poetheart, I have just read through some of your visitor responses. What bullshit!  You are pathetic as a "poet"! (I can't even believe you have the audacity to call yourself one as you probably write the worst crap passing for poetry that I have ever read on the Net!) I'm certain that you created half of those "responses" yourself and sprinkled in the truth (REAL responses) to cover yourself up. Bet you don't have the balls to put this REAL visitor response up there. Don't be upset.  There are millions of wannabes out there to keep you company - just that it turns off people like me who appreciate real poetry.  You are a big turn off. RCH

Wednesday, April 4, 2001

Poetheart, I came upon your site by accident and must say that I think it's wonderful. I bookmarked it so I can visit again and again. Thank you. Chris

Friday, April 6, 2001

Jay,  You continue to fascinate me with your poetry. Your poems of the past few months are just as wonderful as the poems I have read before. I also like your early poems. Keep writing. Karen B.

Friday, April 6, 2001

Poet, I have just read many of your poems in your current poems category. I especially liked "Estrangement" and also "Deception" while I found the poem you wrote about the loss of your friend very sad and very moving. Do you have any idea how your words touch others? You must know that. Continue your cultivation of your talent which goes well beyond what I can tell you, as I am not a writer and cannot express myself as you do. H.M.

Saturday, April 7, 2001

Dear Poetheart,  I have just read your early work - frankly I am very impressed.  I am glad that you have your work arranged chronologically, as it adds another perspective to reading it. Wonderful work. Melanie

Sunday, April 8, 2001

Poetheart, Your site is one of the best poetry sites I have come across on the Internet.  The section with the poems written by your friends is very interesting. I also enjoyed the poems sent in by visitors. It is generous of you to include so many poems by others, as well as your sharing your own - and so many of them. You must have a large collection to have all of those poems on your site.  I would be interested in puchasing a book of your poems. Is one available?

Wednesday, April 11, 2001

Poetry Man, Like your site and think your work is very cool. Enclosed are three of my poems for your consideration. Do you think they are okay to post on your site? Having a poem on your site would definitely be something I want. If you like any or all of my poems, feel free to put them on your site. Thanks. Joe

Friday, April 13, 2001

Poetheart, Your passionate poetry was just what I needed today when I visited your site for the first time. I found your site through a search for poetry. I was absolutely awestruck at what I found there. My further research (after visiting your site) revealed to me that you are both unpubished and also an "amateur" poet. I do not understand this, as I find your poems to be excellently written and extremely passionate. You are so gifted at expression. You have touched me, as I am sure you have touched many others who read your work. Do the world a favor and be more aggressive in attempting to publish your work. Unlike many of the great poets, you do not need to achieve what you deserve posthumously. Peace.

Saturday, April 14, 2001

Poet, I had to write you again to tell you how much I enjoy your poetry. I love the new additions as much as I enjoy rereading the poems I have read times before. Thank you, Sweet Poet. Glynn

Sunday, April 15, 2001

I would love to be able to write like you AND have the confidence to allow the world to see the beautiful expression of my feelings. You are truly remarkable.

Tuesday, April 17, 2001

Poetheart, I don't know how you do it, but everytime I read your site, something else reaches inside me and tugs at my heart and grasps at my soul. Your words move me more than any other modern day poet. Your poems are so filled with passion and truth. I have managed to read most of them at least once. I keep coming back for more of the beautiful words you so cleverly weave together to create your poetry. I can't get enough. Thank you. JG

Thursday, April 19, 2001

Poet, Such beautiful words...You must be a beautiful man...Thanks for stripping your soul and revealing your heart for all the world to see...That takes courage...I admire that. Gisella

Saturday, April 21, 2001

Poetheart, I was very impressed by your website. I am a 38 year old lesbian mother of two who has had a difficult time meeting and having a meaningful relationship with the right partner. Some of your poetry seems to address my very own feelings and experiences in my quest to find love and happiness. You seem to speak in words which could have easily come from my very own heart. I was amazed at the depth and perception of your writing. Not only that - but your ability to express yourself is so unbelievable. I love your work tremendously. Thanks, Yvonne

Saturday, April 21, 2001

Wow! Such a beautiful soul! I would sell what is left of mine for a quarter of yours!!! Do keep up the great work!

Saturday, April 21, 2001

Poet, Such beautiful words and such expression! Your site is a feast of candid thoughts, beautiful expression and a good heart. You are so real. Those of us who visit your site and read your poetry and prose are fortunate to have the privilege of getting to know a wonderful artist through his work, but those who know you in their lives must be truly blessed. Please do not end this journey for us too soon. You are a bright spot in the darkness of the net. Just stay with us and keep writing. Maria

Sunday, April 22, 2001

Poetheart, Such a talented man should be publishing volumes of his poetry. Your website is one of the best I have ever seen and your poetry is some of the finest I have ever read. You probably have no idea how great you really are!  Toni

Monday, April 23, 2001

Poetheart, You have one of the best poetry sites I have seen. Your own poetry and prose are great and the fact that you feature your friends and visitors to your site is outstanding. You are a good man and a wonderful poet. BW

Wednesday, April 25, 2001

Dear Poet, Just read a few of your new poems (February and March) and was deeply disappointed in them. Try not getting into posting quantity and get back to quality. "Anne Boleyn Syndrome" is mean spirited and "Bella" is juvenile. "Duet" would have been better left as the bookmark it was for all those years. Your "Faithful" is okay but "Truth" was very bad. The only one with any redeeming value was "Repentance" and even that is mediocre. I hope this is just a phase you are going through and not a sign of the decline of your talent. Please take care. A.G.

Friday, April 27, 2001

Poetheart, Just visited your webpage and was very impressed with your poetry. The pics of your family and friends and places you have visited were a nice touch too. It was very pleasant to visit your pages which are a class act. I will definitely visit again. Thanks. Yolanda, NJ

Saturday, April 28, 2001

Jay, I read the negative responses of a few cranks, then hold them up to the light of the respect and admiration felt by so many of your readers, and the cranks' words are so diminished as to be nonexistent. You are a gifted writer of poetry and prose, a wonderful person, and a lovable and handsome man. I have nothing but good things to say about you, but I will not say here in print how little respect I have for those whose "opinions" show that they don't know good poetry from bad. I think they just like to be cranky, but I won't stoop to the level they have done with you in order to be hurtful. The ones who love you, like me, know that all the cranks are full of it (and we know what it is!). Love, Dona

Sunday, April 29, 2001

Poetheart, Your site has really grown! It's great to see so many of your poems on your site. Finally we can read more and more of YOUR work. Not that the poetry of your friends and collegues is not interesting, but for some of us, it's your work (and not others) we come to read. What beautiful thoughts you express! You are very talented. Kathy

Tuesday, May 1, 2001

Poet, I just read the comments in your response section. I know you are smart enough to not take these comments too seriously. Some people just enjoy tearing down someone else. Interesting section of your site.

Thursday, May 3, 2001

Poetheart, Like your new poems but not as much as I do the work you did last year (May through July). Nice efforts and very unique perspectives on people, places and situations. Keep writing. Mary C.

Friday, May 4, 2001

Why so you glorify the poetry of Dona Pearson when you should be trying to convince the people who read your poems that you can write? Spend more time practicing your writing craft and less time trying to promoting Dona.

Saturday, May 5, 2001

hi..first, I'm Maieh and I'm from the Philippines. I saw your site and it is so wonderful.. I also happen to write poems myself.....will it be ok if I send them to you..see if they're ok, and maybe, post them in your site? thanks, Maieh

Saturday, May 5, 2001

Hi Poetheart, I am Daniel from New Zealand. I ran a search for contemporary poetry and your site was included. What a great site! Your poetry is really good. In fact, your poetry is probably some of the best I have read in a long time. Your images are so vivid and the spirit of your words is contagious. I also write poetry, although I am not half the poet you are. I would like to send you a few for your opinion and perhaps you may want to post them on your site. What an honor that would be for me! Daniel.

Sunday, May 6, 2001

Poet, My name is Jerry from Rhode Island and I am a 19 year old student here in Providence. I've read your cool poetry and was inspired by your site. I normally don't write to sites or people I don't know but I had to tell you what I thought of your website. It's one of the best I have seen. You're very brave for putting your poems on a website for everyone to see. (If I wrote as well as you do I would be afraid someone would plagiarize my work!) I bookmarked your page so I can return and read more. Thanks. Jerry

Monday, May 7, 2001

Dear Poetheart, I just read some of your latest work and like "Rainy Night" "Return of Harlow" and "Communion" very much. It is with these poems I have finally come to realize that your poetry is not sad at all. When I first started visiting to your site (back in October) I thought much of your poetry was very sad. But having read them more than once now, I understand them (and you) better and find them to be excellent and inspiring examples of acceptance, maturity and understanding. You are a true talented artist in every sense of the word. Thank you sincerely for sharing such beautiful work of depth and insight. I enjoy your site more than you can imagine. G.C.

Wednesday, May 9, 2001

Poetheart, Your latest attempts to write poetry are perhaps the most pitiful. If I thought you might get better in time, you have completely dispelled that myth. I am not sure why you write, but you should definitely stop. Elena

Thursday, May 10, 2001

Poet, You are so good at painting "portraits" of yourself, your feelings, your thoughts, your situations, your life that I often feel that I am a voyeur! You are so candid and honest in you poetry. You also seem to have no fear of exposing yourself to those of us who read your work. How clever and unique you are! Love your website. Janet B.

Friday, May 11, 2001

Poetheart, I have read all of the poems in your early section and recently began visited your current section. There is so much poetry there! You must have about 100 of your poems on your site! I don't know when I'll catch up as you keep adding more poems each time I return to your site. Sometimes I just go back and read something I've already read again to enjoy it again or get a new perspective. With each poem I become more and more fascinated by your talent to express yourself in such beautiful language. Please know I am one of your fans. Joan

Saturday, May 12, 2001

Dear Poet, Love your site and visit you there often. Your poetry is outstanding. I have read most of it more than one time. A few poems I have read dozens of times. Keep it going. B.W.

Sunday, May 13, 2001

Dear Poetheart, Just visited your website and have to tell you that your poetry is wonderful. You are very imaginative and very talented. There is so much of you in the poems on your poetry pages. I alternate between reading your early poems and your current ones. I am always amazed at how well you communicate to your audience. Thanks for such a wonderful poetry site to visit. Chelsea

Sunday, May 13, 2001

I would love to have a fraction of your talent. If I did, I would not merely have a website. I would be publishing my poems and stories. You need to do more with your gift.

Sunday, May 13, 2001

Poetheart, I have really enjoyed the poems of Richard Amoroso and liked the interview you had with him very much. He is very talented and his poetry is wonderful. Now here's a "regular guy" who acts completely natural about the gift of being to effectively communicate. I have read all of his work and thoroughly enjoy it. I also really like Ryan Jake's poems. I like his young fresh perspective on things. This new Fillipino poet (Maieh) is really talented also. And Maieh has quite a few poems for a new addition to your site. So tell me, Poetheart, just how do you find your poets? Or do they find you? It is interesting how your site is always jam packed with new talent and new work. Every time I come to your site, it is an experience. Are you some sort of talent scout? If you aren't, you should be because you really do know about poetry. Great site. Sincerely, J.B.   P.S. - Did I mention that your poetry is wonderful?

Monday, May 14, 2001

Dear Poet, I just went to your site and enjoyed your new entries. I always look forward to my visits to your website. While I was there browsing, I discovered a wonderful section I have not visited before - friends. There is some really great poetry there. You are fortunate to be associated with other artists like yourself. I was wondering how long you knew your friend Dona Pearson? Seems like you two grew up together or something? You both seem very close and very much on the same wave length. You also have more of her poetry than anyone else on your site, except for your own poetry. But then, it's your site! I have never seen so many poems on one site! You must have well over 100! It's such a huge collection. Thanks for sharing them. Frankie

Monday, May 14, 2001

Dear Poetheart, I really like your poetry. I especially like "Aged" and "Sirens" but also really like "Confidential To My Enemy" "Deception" and "Anne Boleyn Syndrome". Your poetry is simply wonderful. Thanks for having such a great website to visit and enjoy. Ann Marie

Tuesday, May 15, 2001

Poetheart, The world was enriched the day you spoke your first words, and grew richer when you started to write. It will be a sad day when you stop. God bless you.

Wednesday, May 16, 2001

I can't believe how some people are so harsh with their comments. You are one talented mutha fucka and you know it! Ron

Wednesday, May 16, 2001

You are probably one of the most expressive and passionate poet voices I have heard in a long time. Your talent is astounding. That anyone would even hint that you are less than a great poet truly baffles me.

Thursday, May 17, 2001

hey poet! your site is great. so much material to read. your poems are like song lyrics. musician here in NYC who likes to write his own music. maybe we should get together and talk about this. george.

Friday, May 18, 2001

Jay, Thanks for telling me about your site. I've been going there for the past few days and browsing around. Now I started reading your poetry and decided to start in "early" section and read through to your "current" section. Such an interesting site with LOTS of your original work there. Cool. Mark

Saturday, May 19, 2001

Poet, Your poetry is beautiful! I can't explain how your words reach into a place inside me and work their magic on my heart and soul. You are certainly captivating in your words. Thank you. Helena

Saturday, May 19, 2001

Poetheart, I've just read some of your newly posted work (February, March and April, 2001) and think that "Rainy Night", "Return of Harlow" and "Pieces of April" are great. "Duet" is very unusual but very good also. I read it several times and finally figured out that two lines are being spoken simultaneously. I am as intrigued by your titles as I am of the poetry itself. You're a true artist with a talent for expression. I bookmarked your site several months back so that I could return again and again. Great website and great poetry.

Sunday, May 20, 2001

Poet, Some friends have been telling me about your site for a while and I finally came to see it. Your "poetry" was very disappointing. You are totally lacking in any knowledge of writing real poetry. I was given the impression that you were a literate poet, but found your so-called "work" just more of the usual fare of trash on the internet. And I am going to scold my friends for making me waste my time. Margaret

Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Poetheart, Interesting site. Your poetry is beautiful. I also like the poetry you have posted from visitors to your site. Are these submissions solicited? Do you pay these poets? I have a nephew who writes poems and short stories. I was wondering if you would be interested in seeing them. Please let me know. Ann R.

Thursday, May 24, 2001

Dear Poetheart, Reading your poetry is like a fantastic journey into your mind and your heart. My particular favorites are "What'll I Do Now" and "Sirens" but I also like "The Arrival" "Confidential To My Enemy" "Aged" and also your Portraits series. Of your very latest work, "Anne Boleyn Syndrome" is very clever and well written and "Duet" is quite different and beautiful almost like an opera aria. "Return of Harlow" and "Embrace Me" are great also...I also like to read the poems submitted by people who visit your site. Eunice Irwin is a very talented poet and I really do love her work very much. Even though I have read her poems more than just a few times, I never seem to tire of them and will continue to read them again and again. Your new poet from the Philippines (Maieh) is also a very good poet and I've enjoyed that poetry on your site, as well...Needless to say to you, your friend Dona Pearson is an
extraordinary and versatile poet. I believe her poetry to be some of the finest work I have read with the exception of yours. Thank you for having such a wonderful site to visit and read beautiful and wonderful poetry. Sincerely, Frances Morgan

Friday, May 25, 2001

Mr. Poetheart, I have anxiously awaited those poet interviews you promised us. You stated that you had a "lineup" of poets to be interviewed. So where are they? Gina Ferrara

Friday, May 25, 2001

Poetheart, Your recent poems are as good as my favorites. I loved "Rainy Night", "Return of Harlow", "Solitude" and "Pieces of April" but didn't like "Adieu" or "Communion" very much. "Duet" was strange. Sometimes someone has a site and it seems to be abandoned after a while. Your site is very much alive and well. Thanks for keeping "poetheart" current and interesting. Marc

Saturday, May 26, 2001

Poetheart, Your most recent poems are great! I really enjoyed the ones you posted for April and May, 2001. The most memorable of these are "Pieces of April" and "Realities" and they are excellent. "Realities" is quite powerful and really has a message. Nice job, Poetheart. Just when I think you couldn't possibly outdo yourself creating a favorite, you do it! Ciao. Steve

Sunday, May 27, 2001

Poet, Love your most recent posting "Realities" and wanted to let you know that this is the best poem since "Aged" and "Estrangement". Excellent poem, Poet. One of your "fans" in Ohio.

Sunday, May 27, 2001

Jay, I am always visiting your site to read all the new entries to your current work, as well as to read again all of the others I have read before. I just read Solitude and the reality of how someone can feel as you describe really got to me and made me cry. You are so clever to capture thoughts, truth and feelings as you do. I read your poem Realities several times because I liked it so much. It is really a good poem. Embrace Me seemed to be written just for me and I was surprised anyone else could feel that way. Your poetry is so good that I read it over and over. Thank you for sharing your talent and artistry. Sincerely, Nickie

Monday, May 28, 2001

Poetheart, Realities is now my new favorite of your poems. Sirens was my favorite for a long time. Leah

Monday, May 28, 2001

Poet, "Return of Harlow" and "Realities" are excellent. Your knack for writing enigmatic poetry is fasci
nating. Your website contains some of the best contemporary poetry I have read.

Monday, May 28, 2001

Poetheart, Do everyone a favor and NEVER stop writing. You are very talented and your poetry is very enjoyable. You have quite a diverse collection of poetry and prose on which your readers can feast. You also do a wonderful job at selecting other poets to complement your work. (Your site poets Dona Pearson, Richard Amoroso, Eunice Irwin and Maieh are definitely worth reading!) Your work, in combination with these wonderful poets makes your poetry website worth visiting. Thank you. Marie

Tuesday, May 29, 2001

Hello Poet! This is a great web site! I love your poems! This is Danny from Taiwan.

Tuesday, May 29, 2001

Poet, My name is Dirk and I live in Germany just outside of Berlin. Your website is a great source of contemporary poetry. I like it very much. Your poetry is deep but very enjoyable to read. You deserve kudos for such a wonderful website and your poetry work. I will visit your site again, I am sure. Thank you.

Tuesday, May 29, 2001

What a soul! What wonderful poetry! What a nice site!

Wednesday, May 30, 2001

Dear Jay It has been a long time since I have heard from you. I sincerely hope that all is well with you. I have been working very hard to earn a living. It seems like it is getting harder these days. This is not the way I thought it would be by this time in my life. My son "discovered" my name at your website and was surprised since he stumbled onto it inadvertantly. He sent me a link to it as if I was unaware it was there. I laughed when I got it.
I did notice that the site you are linking to is still my old fortunecity site. If you could take the time to do so, would you please replace the address with my new one. My new site is so much bigger and more artistic. The url for it is: http://strategictradealliance.homestead.com/index.html I hope you are doing well and that your business is prospering you. Most of all, I hope that you continue to find inspirations each day to continue writing. You are a very good writer and a good friend. Thank you for the wonderful contribution you make to the Internet steve hodgin

Friday, June 1, 2001

Dear Poet, It has been a while (about 4 months) since I have visited your site and thought I probably wasn't missing anything. I should have known. You've added several of your poems, a few more "new" poets and even a new poem by Dona Pearson. I don't know how, but I missed reading Eunice Irwin's poetry the last time I was on your website but I didn't miss her work this time. Great stuff! I also like the poems of Maieh from the Philippines. I also read those wonderful poems of Dona Pearson, "S.T." and Richard Amoroso again. Your site is a great place for modern poetry. Keep up the nice work. J.S.

Saturday, June 2, 2001

Poetheart, Your work is excellent. I don't think you get the recognition you deserve as a poet. Your website is really nice though and showcases your work very well. You also share your own "spotlight" with those poets whose work you recognize as good or equal to yours (I won't say better). This is very generous and commendable of you. You'll definitely succeed in your writing efforts because you are not afraid to recognize talent other than your own. You are not selfish. God bless you. Jeanette

Saturday, June 2, 2001

Poetheart, I really love your new work and very much enjoy reading all of your work. You're an extremely fascinating poet because you are innovative and clever among other things. You should NEVER let anyone tell you your poetry is not literature. The classic poets never intended to create literature - they were simply chronicling their own thoughts and experiences in their own time EXACTLY as you are doing. There is nothing more boring than reading the poems of a poet who tries so hard to create literary masterpieces that one requires an encyclopaedia to understand it! They always fail in their mission because poetry is elevated to literature by the readers and by the culture. I disliked reading the criticism of your work in the letters from visitors to your site. I do admire your posting the negative responses to your poetry. Their only merit is that you show that you have the guts to post the negative with the positive responses, and you continue to write faithfully. I admire your work and your wonderful website. John, New York

Monday, June 4, 2001

Jay, Your poetry is wonderful and your site simply delightful. Realities and Rite of Passage are great poems (current work). I also liked Aged and Sirens. Your Portrait series is very interesting also. I have not yet read your early work, but I will. The poets Eunice Irwin and Richard Amoroso, as well as ST and Dona Pearson, are outstanding. What a wonderful site to visit! Thanks for providing such enjoyment. I love it. Margaret

Thursday, June 7, 2001

Jay, I apologize for the delay in responding. By all means post my poems. I would consider it an honor. I really like
your site, and your poetry. John Yaws

Thursday, June 7, 2001

Congratulations! Your site has grown and is awesome!! You have added a tremendous amount of very quality poetry as well as providing a stage for poets, who produce quality feelings, threaded through a signature syntax of thought. You are a quality person and I am truly glad that I had the rare opporunity to talk with you. Maybe we will again. It is good to see more of Ms DonaLou's beautiful poetry on your site. She is a very quality and class Lady!! Good Luck now and in the future. I am working on some new material, but "this working for a living" sure does get in the way!!! Ha! Good Luck my Friend, S._T.

Thursday, June 7, 2001

Poet, The best poems on your site are your "Aged" "The Arrival" "Sirens" and "Fork in the Road" along with "Kitchen Wars" and "A Team For The Ages" by Richard Amoroso, "Trinity" by ST, "Big Bang" by Ryan Jake, "The Mime in the Kitchen" by Wizman, "The Cage" by Dennis Failla, and "Mute" "The Price" and "Rendezvous" by Dona Pearson.
Of course, "The Suit" by RHB and "Abandoned Factory" by Eunice Irwin are excellent also. I just wanted to let you know that the wonderful work on your site is read and recognized. Thank you for having such a great site. Pattie B-

Saturday, June 9, 2001

Seeing your very personal approach has given me quite a bit of joy and feelings of well-being.....I am very happy that you are so open and confident about your person and your friends and family...I like the realism that you have given of freely to me and to the us's that click into your life...my name is Leonard, I am a painter...I live now in Puerto Rico after living in Guatemala, Central America for years...I am 57 years old...and I have enjoyed a interesting and varied life as a gay white, middleclass, Episcopal guy...really very WASP but very colorful too...you have touched me, and I thank you...my life continues to be rich and full...I will live it, one day at a time. Warmest personal regards Len

Saturday, June 9, 2001

Reading your poetry was an incredibe experience for me. I must admit that I visited your site for massage information and then saw the poetry portion of your site. I read one poem (Aged) and was "hooked" into reading more. I spent about an hour and a half reading your poems which seemed to speak to me in ways poetry has not reached me ever before. You are so talented in writing what you think and feel. You manage to capture your experiences so vividly and impart them to the reader so well. I have not read poetry like yours before. Your poetry is brilliant.

Saturday, June 9, 2001

I have just read your last three poems (Written One May, Realities, Rite of Passage) and I had to write you and tell you how much I enjoyed these. Your poems seem to talk to me directly so that it's almost like they were written for me (personally) to read. With each visit to your site I am enriched and enhanced. Your creativity is awesome and the way you express such profound thoughts is amazing. Thank you. -d

Sunday, June 10, 2001

I love the site......all the emotions are stirred here...thank you for all your work in putting this together...Harry

Sunday, June 10, 2001

I love your site......Poetry is straight from the heart and expresses what we seldom can say any other way......! Dona suggested I send you some of my poems so I am attaching a few....Hope you enjoy....they are from my heart about a beautiful lady I loved. If you like them I have lots more....Just Harry

Sunday, June 10, 2001

Your site is totally beautiful. I am simply awestruck at your amazing work....Your poetry, the music, the set up...and all of the poetry of friends and visitors! It's wonderful to come here and immerse myself in the utterly beautiful pool of your artistry and talent which you have created here. My sincere thanks to you, Mr. Poetheart.  Marie Bernard

Monday, June 11, 2001

Dear Poetheart, I am ashamed to admit that one category I have repeatedly ignored in all my visits to your site is the "user submissions" category. Today I went there out of curiosity and found myself in yet another "heaven" on your website. You have so many wonderful poems submitted to your site by poets who visit you.  I was fascinated by the work of Eunice Irwin who is a wonderful poet and Belinda Bennett-Hartmann whose work touches my heart very deeply. Maieh is also good - I find her poetry enchanting and tender. John Yaws was interesting - I liked his historical foundations. He is a true poet in his language and would like to read more of his work. I have seen Richard Amoroso on your site and have read his work many times (he was one of the featured poets and was interviewed last year). I was surprised that he was originally a visitor to your site.This was also the case of "ST" who was also a featured poet on your site. Montego Mercer and Ryan Jake cannot be ignored as they offer some fresh and different perspectives. I loved the work of Steven Hodgin very much and was disappointed not to have more of his work to read. I found the work of James Mackay very touching. William Donaway was very deep and read his two poems a few times to find myself liking his work very much. Poetheart, your work is excellent but only now do I realize fully what a great poet you are and why your site is so unique. Not only are you a true poet/artist with an abundance of talent yourself, but you are able to secure the confidence of other talented poets to post their work on your wonderful site. Bravo!

Wednesday, June 13, 2001

Hey there! My first time on your site and love it. Spent a good hour reading all the great poems. You're a terrific poet who knows exactly how to express himself. I was happy and sad reading your work. Thanks for a great site. Bryan

Friday, June 15, 2001

When terrorist Timothy McVeigh chose "Invictus" as his final words, I knew that I had read that poem someplace in the past year. I just discovered that it was on your website that I had read it. It was chosen as a favorite poem by one of your interviewed poets. Had I never been to your site I would likely have never read the poem prior to reading it in the newspaper when McVeigh was executed. Thanks for making it possible for me to tell others that I was "familiar" with that poem. Your site can be an education for some of us. Joe

Friday, June 16, 2001

Poetheart, As well as reading your poems and those of the visitors to your site, I always look for the new poets you manage to discover. It interests me that you have such a variety of poets on your site. So many talented poets with a wide range of styles and subjects makes your site very interesting - something for everybody. I just read the poems by John R. Yaws and liked them a lot. I hope that you will be publishing more of this poet's fine work.

Wednesday, June 20, 2001

Poetheart, Your website is more magnificent than ever! All of the beautiful poetry and you have a great collection of new poets in your "user submissions" category. So many wonderful poems. Your site is the best poetry site I have seen on the Internet. Thanks for assembling all of this poetry to share with those of us who look for poetry. I can tell that you put a lot of work into your website and it's always updated. Jane B.

Wednesday, June 20, 2001

Jay, I've just read the new work you posted on your website. (I was very disappointed that you have not posted more of your own work which I enjoy reading tremendously!) How do you manage to get such wonderful poets? Where do you find them? They must be very happy to be associated with someone as professional and talented as you. I am particularly impressed with the poems by John Yaws and Matthew Ward. Both of these new poets show such promise. Thanks for finding them and putting them on your site. It will be interesting to see how they evolve. Please post more poems by these poets and also more of your own. Thanks, JD

Saturday, June 23, 2001

Poetheart, I have been following your site and watching it grow for a while now. Today I see that you have acquired another new poet from Scotland (Victor Leitch). Previously, you have published the work of James Angus Mackay and John R. Yaws, both from Scotland. There is also a poet known only as Linda who might also be from Scotland or is of Scottish descent. I also suspect some of your other poets to be from Scotland. Since you are an American of Italian/Sicilian descent, what are your ties to Scotland? How did you manage to get these poets interested in posting their work on your site? I am curious. William Arthurs

Sunday, June 24, 2001

This site is one of the best things that has ever happened on the net...to those who feel otherwise, it's your loss. Everyone who has passed their works here are great writers! To jay, more power!

Sunday, June 24, 2001

Jay, I found your site through a search at Yahoo. And I'm very glad I did. I haven't found a site where people actually respond to your work yet. And that was what I was looking for... and I found that at your site. Thanks :) Matthew

Monday, June 25, 2001

Dear Poet, I read some of your early work today. In all my visits to your site, I've always only read your current work. There are many poems in this section and you are always adding more. I've never had a chance to read these "older" before. I noted the years you wrote them and you go way back into our culture to the 60s and 70s. It was real interesting to read these poems... I found two excellent poems there in your early work. "Fork in the Road" and "The Vikings" are EXCELLENT. Your talent was evident years ago. It is no wonder you could eventually write such good poems as "Sarajevo" (which did not leave me feeling helpless and depressed as most poems on that subject make me feel) and "Confidential To My Enemy" - and then some even greater poems such as "Aged" and "Sirens" "The Arrival" and "Realities"... Your early work was very instrumental in helping me understand your current work. Thanks for such a great chronology. Mark T

Tuesday, June 26, 2001

Poetheart, Your website is the BEST poetry site I have found on the internet. It's so amazing to me that anyone could put together and maintain such a high quality aite as meticulously as you have done. Thank you. Tom

Wednesday, June 27, 2001

Poet, Your site is simply magnificent! I visit your site often yet everytime I do, there is always something new - either a new poet or another of your own wonderful poems. I like your latest work ("Realities" and "Rite of Passage") very much and I am always amazed at your talent to express your experiences in beautiful words. I have also just read the two poems by John R. Yaws and enjoyed them. He is quite talented. I was fascinated by his language. And I've read the poems by Harry Whitmore and was very touched and saddened by his poetry. Matthew D. Ward is indeed very promising. (Of all your new poets, he resembles you the most). Such fine and interesting poems. Victor Leitch's first attempt is a good one and he is fortunate to have his work accepted on your site. Many poets would feel blessed to be in the company of your poets. Please keep up your diligent work. Sincerely, Nora T. Jones, Allentown, PA

Thursday, June 28, 2001

Poetheart, Your website is great. It's only been about a month since my last visit and all the new poets and poetry is overwhelming. You must put hours of work into your site each week to keep it updated as you do. Very impressive. Your two new poets (Matthew D. Ward and John R. Yaws) prove genuine talent with the poetry I've read on your site. I also enjoyed reading the new ones you added this month, as I do every month. Thanks. Jack

Thursday, June 28, 2001

I just read your latest poems ("Rite of Passage" "Psalm101" and "Paregoric") and was deeply disappointed in these. Your poetry seems to be very different with these poems and I detect an emptiness and detachment in them. I was wondering and have to ask you - Are you truly satisfied with your most recent work or are you just adding things to your site just to add things?  The poems you put on your site in June is poor (with May right behind it) and your only redeeming work is "Realities". Barbara W-, Queens, New York

Saturday, June 30, 2001

I was very moved by the poems of Harry Whitmore, impressed by the poems of Matthew D. Ward and entertained by the poems of John R. Yaws and Victor Leitch. Your submissions by visitors is probably the most interesting part of your website to visit, with something new always being added on almost a daily basis. Thank you. Winona

Saturday, June 30, 2001

Poet, You must realize that you should be publishing your poetry. Have you even considered submitting your beautiful poems to a publisher - or at least start off by maybe self publishing a chapbook of poems or an book of your poetry? I think your site is great but you are not deriving the accolades you rightfully deserve. Joan B.

Saturday, June 30, 2001

Poetheart, I think your poem "Realities" is excellent. ("Downtown" and your "Portraits" series also!) I can see that you must have written some good poetry in the 60s and 70s making social commentary and bringing issues to light. I also read some of your poems written during the Viet Nam War era. Does any more of this type of work survive? I would like to read more poetry like these. Nella

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