"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 07/01/01

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Sunday, July 1, 2001

Dear Jay, I went back and re-read "Paregoric", and then realized why you gave it that title: paragoric used to be used to soothe colicky babies (back when we were babies), though that would be considered child abuse now, as it is addictive and no longer legal (or so I would think). Anyway, I do like that poem, and I can well identify with the kind of "addiction" that love can be. Misery and joy in one thing, and only human beings have the ability/curse to indulge in it! Dona

Sunday, July 1, 2001

Jay, I visit your site regularly and have always liked your poetry very much. But I am shocked and appalled that you would use something in your poem "Fury" that is so outrageous. In it you say "I waited patiently/like an outstretched christ/waiting to be nailed to a cross"!!! I can't believe you would write something like this. This must be a mistake. I will wait for your response to me and will NOT visit your site again until I hear some explanation from you. Maria V.

Sunday, July 1, 2001

Mr. Poet, How dare you compare yourself to Christ! Who do you think you are writing such sacrilegious crap? Your referral to yourself (in Fury) as a john is more like it. This poem is disgusting. You should remove it. It's offensive. DB

Tuesday, July 3, 2001

Poetheart, Your new work demonstrates all the passion I have always liked in your poetry. For the past year I have been a regular visitor to your site. I very much enjoyed your recent "Realities", "Paregoric", and "Fury" and think they illustrate just how talented you continue to be. Your new poets are great assets to the website. Eunice Irwin is simply wonderful - I love her work  Matthew Ward is extremely bright and shows strong talent and limitless possibilities as an artist. Of course, I always read Dona Pearson's work when I visit your site. I was happy to see some new poems by her on your site. She remains one of my favorite poets on your site and I have also visited her at her own website as well. My sincere thanks to you and all of your poets for sharing your poetry. Kara, Pittsburgh, PA

Tuesday, July 3, 2001

Poet, I read your poetry page introduction (never realized that you also kept THAT updated!) and got the news that you will be having another poet interview. I have often wondered what happened to those interviews but never wrote to ask about them. The poet interviews are a great feature and I am sure many readers are looking forward to this, as I am. Your choice this time, as the times before, is a good one. I enjoy Matthew D. Ward's poetry and would like to know a little more about him. He is very impressive (mature, talented) at 17 years old. When will this interview be put on your site? Sincerely, Elizabeth Langer

Thursday, July 5, 2001

Poetheart, Enjoyed reading your latest poems and all of the new work contributed by site visitors, especially Eunice Irwin, Matthew Ward and John Yaws, who are all excellent. Your site is very unique in that you have the poetry of the readers and your friends, as well as your own wonderful work. Thank you for a quality poetry site. Leigh, NYC

Friday, July 6, 2001

Jay, I really owe you big time, my friend. I must admit to you that all this time I have never really read your poetry or visited your site. Last night, I decided to drop in on your site and ended up spending hours there. You REALLY are very talented, to say the least. What you have done with your little piece of cyberspace is incredible. You have really accomplished something wonderful here. I see you here in what seems to be a "natural habitat" for you - surrounded by your poetry, poets, people who admire and respect you...I am very proud to be your friend. Thanks. Joe

Saturday, July 7, 2001

On your poetry introduction page you say that you have (finally!) have the new interview we have waited for - where is it? I would have thought the July interview would be there already (one week into July). Not believing that you have chosen Matthew D. Ward (a poet whose work is new to your site) over other poets who have been loyal to your site
I feel compeller to ask you how you decided on your interviewed poet? Why not Eunice Irwin, John R. Yaws, Ryan Jake, Belinda Bennett-Hartman or even Maieh? Don't get me wrong - Matthew D. Ward's work is very good and it is not even because he is so young. It's just that when you chose Dona Pearson, it was so clear why you picked her. The next poet had me puzzled (I learned in the interview he was a fill in interview for another poet who was ill) as did the next. Is it because some poets are unwilling or unable to be interviewed? Is it because you choose the poet who, in your expert opinion, would best represent the image of your site? I apologize if this sounds like some sort of "sour grapes" (I am not one of your poets - just a frequent visitor). I am not at all trying to discredit Matthew in any way or questioning your choice to feature him and his work. I merely want to understand. Thank you.

Sunday, July 8, 2001

Poet! The site looks excellent! What a nice job you have done (and continue to do) putting it all together. It looks really good. I also want to wish you a "Happy Birthday" (I take your birthday is in July?) since reading the birthday poem you wrote for your 48th birthday.You certainly don't look your age unless the pics on your site are old ones. You did a terrific job with Matthew on the interview. Congratulations to both of you. He is an interesting poet and also a clever and talented poet (reminds me of you somehow). I have not asked a question yet but I intend to. His work is very good. Thank you for not only having such a wonderful site, but for all the work (must take a lot of time) to maintain it and keep it current. I never visit poetheart.com without its being updated. Amazing considering all the features of your website. Sincerely, Janice B., Pearl River, NY

Tuesday, July 10, 2001

Poetheart, You continue to write such excellent poetry. I just love your poems. Also, John R. Yaws is fantastic and so entertaining. How do you manage to find these poets and get them to agree to put their poems on your site? Part of the reason is without a doubt because of your own ability to write truly good poetry and because you demonstrate such competence in selecting just the right material for your site. Your putting the poetry of John R. Yaws, Dona Lou Pearson and Matthew D. Ward is proof of that. Who would not want their work in such good company?
The July interview with Matthew D. Ward is wonderful. It is so hard to believe he is only 17 due to both his maturity in his poetry and the way he conducts himself in the interview and the questions following his interview. His poetry is very good and I have enjoyed reading it over again. Sharon, Hartford, CT.

Wednesday, July 11, 2001

What I find particularly annoying about you is that you think you are some sort of poetry expert. I bet you have never had formal education in creative writing or poetry in your life. Your website is pathetic and is to the Internet what a fat person is to a nude beach. And you have no clue!

Thursday, July 12, 2001

Glad you got back to the interviewing as you promised. It turned out great. Very interesting writers contribute to your webpages.Thanks for sharing what you are all about. David, Tel Aviv, Israel

Saturday, July 14, 2001

Belated birthday wishes, Poetheart. Read your latest poems and your birthday poem was among the ones I read. I'm a frequent visitor to your site and it always impresses me how you are constantly adding and building your site. It has to be the largest and most interesting personal site I have ever seen. It must also be expensive in time and cost for the upkeep of such a site. You have done an excellent job keeping it updated and interesting. You must work on it daily. Congratulations to you and your staff. Natalie, New York

Tuesday, July 17, 2001

Poet, Read the new interview and read the 3 from last year again. What a great idea to give readers some insight into
the poets who write the work they read and also to make them accessible through the Q&A. Thank you for having a wonderful website and for making it so interesting to visit over and over again. Helen S., Keyport, NJ

Tuesday, July 17, 2001

Poetheart, Your site is amazing and your poetry pages are are filled with some great stuff. I enjoy the section with all the poems submitted by visitors to your site. This is so different from most other sites I have seen. Your own work is very creative and superior to most "poetry" written these days. You have a unique style and a way of making those of us who read your poems really feel your passion for expression. Your poems each succeed in the way you intended and may even go beyond your expectations. Janice Geller, Queens, NY

Wednesday, July 18, 2001

Hi Jay! Wanted to drop you a line and let you know how much I'm enjoying your site. I want to read more, but my eyes are tired, so I will have to visit again another night! Lucy, CA

Thursday, July 19, 2001

Jay, I found your site through a Yahoo search and after first viewing 6 disappointing sites, I was happy to have found yours. I spent about an hour reading your poetry and have bookmarked your site address so that I could easily return and read more of them . (I plan on reading them all). I see that you have also included poetry submitted to you by the visitors to your site! That is so great - I plan to read these as well. Thanks for sharing your poetry on a site that is just delightful to visit. Kara.

Friday, July 20, 2001

Poetheart, Thank you so much for the encouragement you gave me in your e-mail. To have a poet of your stature be so accessible is truly impressive. Your website is incredibly wonderful. You share so much of your own fine poetry and you have been so generous to others by allowing them to share the light of your beautiful website. May the joy you give to others return to you tenfold! Thank you. B.G.

Sunday, July 22, 2001

Poet, It's too bad your site was not created by someone more talented than you. Your site is good but (unfortunately) your alleged poetry is quite bad and only a few of the poets you showcase are above average. Another Poet

Monday, July 23, 2001

Matthew D. Ward's interview was worth waiting for. Thanks for starting up your poet interviews again. The feature, along with the Q&A, is excellent. Barbara

Wednesday, July 25, 2001

Poetheart, I never expected a poetry site so interesting - What a surprise! Thank you.

Wednesday, July 25, 2001

Poetheart, I just read your birthday poem and "What was I thinking?" and loved them both. You have a unique way of expressing your ideas. You are such a great artist who needs to be more self promoting and start working toward publishing your poems. You deserve that - and more. J.F.

Wednesday, July 25, 2001

Dear Jay, You honor me by posting my poetry on your site. I am sending a few more tales to be used at your discretion, if at all. I like your site very much. John R. Yaws

Friday, July 27, 2001

Dear Jay, You truly have a poet's heart. I can honestly tell why you so deservedly bear the name "poetheart" and I wanted to write and tell you how much I enjoy all of your poetry. Although I like so many things about your site, it is your poetry I come to read. I look forward to each visit and am always enriched by having read your work. Star

Friday, July 27, 2001

Jay, Just went back to your site, and was flattered to find me mentioned in the overview section, as well as having my two poems listed. Thank you. But more to the point. I started to look at some of the other submissions -- the variety is awesome. Your site has so much in it. I admire what you are doing here. Clearly this is a labor of love for you and it shows. This is the unique kind of thing that the internet enables people to do. You are a tremendous inspiration -- an unexpected wake-up call for me to share my work, go back and examine much of what I had tucked away in a drawer, and to write more. As I mentioned you also have my mind spinning about a short story site -- I would love to use the name "talespinner". Beyond that the opportunity for me to share my deepest most privately held thoughts with your readers. Keep in touch, Karl

Friday, July 27, 2001

Poetheart, I particularly enjoy the poetry of Eunice Irwin, Matthew D. Ward, Dona Lou Pearson and John R. Yaws, but I am sure that you are aware of the talents of your poets or they would not be on your site. But I have to tell you that I think you have underestimated Ryan Jake, Maieh and James Angus Mackay. These three poets do not seem to be as "favored" as some of your others...Are you aware of that you appear to show favoritism? Lisa

Sunday, July 29, 2001

You have inspired with your music. You have comforted a weary web traveler with your soulfulness. It's encouraging to know there are kind-hearted people out there who are truly building 'Stairways to Heavens' with their thoughtful endeavors. God Bless.

Tuesday, July 31, 2001

Poetheart, I always enjoy your website but particularly the past few months with so many new things added - as you continue to host such a wonderful and entertaining poetry site. It is no surprise to me that you manage to secure the work of other talented poets because you are talented and creative yourself. You seem to be very down-to-earth and your sharing your spotlight with the poets you invite here proves that. You have a quality website here. Oscar

Wednesday, August 1, 2001

Poet, Reading the July interview (glad you are doing the interviews again) made me go back and read the ones from last year again. I truly enjoy them. I imagine having the interviews are a lot of work, but want you to know that they are appreciated by your visitors. Thank you. M.L.

Wednesday, August 1, 2001

Jay, Matthew D. Ward is a very fine young poet. I enjoyed his work and his interview on your site. He was also impressive with his honest and simple answers during his Q&A. Can we try to guess who the next featured poet will be? It's always obvious. :-) But we will wait and see if we are correct about your choice. You do such a top notch job in your management of this website.

Thursday, August 2, 2001

Dear Jay, Your site is one of the best poetry sites I have seen on the Internet. You got a lot of class. Your poetry is very good and I enjoyed reading it very much. You also have some very good poets contributing to your site. Dona Lou Pearson, Matthew D. Ward, John R. Yaws, S.T., Eunice Irwin and Richard J. Amoroso - all especially talented and wonderful poets! You certainly keep yourself in the company of other worthy artists. Jane Ward (no relation to Matthew!)

Saturday, August 4, 2001

An interesting interview with an interesting poet...you have a real knack for selecting talent and things which might interest your visitors. Your site has REALLY grown since it began last year - and you have managed to keep it very comfortable to visit. Thanks for all the time and effort you put into your site for your readers. It's a great place!

Sunday, August 5, 2001

Jay, I'm trying to focus. Took a look at a couple of the interviews and their poetry. I think S. T. (Charles Burrell?) captures some of the universals that make poetry an easy read, and I see some similarity to some of my own work, maybe that is why I felt comfortable with it. Your August interview was good. This Scottish brogue was hard for me to follow on paper. I think if it were read live it would be fantastic! I still come back to the live aspect of poetry that makes it happen for me. I guess I'm blessed to have the "Blue Moon Writers" even though we meet only once in a blue moon. I continue to be awed by your site. It's like a poet's library or on-line poetry book store -- with open books! Just one parting thought -- are most people are full of themselves? I prefer humility to hubris. Karl

Monday, August 6, 2001

Poet, Since you have resumed your poet interviews, your site is nearly perfect. Thank you on behalf of your readers.

Wednesday, August 8, 2001

I love the last two interviews. I just realized that most of your featured poets are from "user submissions" and I think it's great that contributors are the same ground with you more experienced poets. I also like the way you redesigned your webpages to make accessing the poets and poetry easier to manage. Your website must be the most user and poet friendly I have ever seen.

Wednesday, August 8, 2001

Poetheart, It was about time you cleaned up the clutter on your site. I noticed that in the past few months (as you added more and more poems) your site started to look a little over crowded. You took care of that very well and poetheart.com looks great now.

Thursday, August 9, 2001

Poetheart, Your site looks terrific! Nice job with the new look. I also like the way you have arranged all the poetry on it also. Easier to find everything. I read the July and August interviews, as well. (Two really talented poets). I had not been to your site in a while (though I am a regular visitor) so I never saw Matthew D. Ward before but when I got back he was the featured poet! Things happen rather quickly on poetheart.com! I 've read the poetry of your August poet before and had hoped to read more of him. Now he has quite a collection on your site. John R. Yaws certainly is a talented poet and a very colorful man as well. You never announce before each interview just who your
featured poet will be, but I was wondering if you have any plans to interview Eunice Irwin or Maieh? It seems that it's time for you to interview another female poet. Take it easy and great job on your site. Paul

Saturday, August 11, 2001

Jay, Your site looks quite impressive now that you have revamped it. I know you put a lot of work into your site and it's your pride and joy. Just wanted you to know that your hard work shows. Helena

Sunday, August 12, 2001

Poetheart, John R. Yaws is a great poet. I would venture to say that his work is outstanding. Until now you had Dona Lou Pearson leading your pack of poets but now she has a counterpart. I enjoyed his interview and truly enjoy all of his poetry. Thanks for putting together a wonderful site to visit and enjoy the poetry. M.C.

Monday, August 13, 2001

Poet, I am glad you are doing the poet interviews again. I have really enjoyed the recent interviews. I was impressed with the young poet you interviewed last month and am very taken with the talent of your current interviewed poet. I went back to last years interviews and read them again. This caused me to explore your site and find the poetry of the featured poets. I spent hours reading their wonderful work. I noticed that the interview does not end your association with the featured poets and that you continue your relationship with them long after the interview. They continue to be a part of the site and contribute more of their work. This is especially true of your friend Dona Pearson. I've noticed that your current interviewed poet has published even more of his work since the interview. I like this and find it very interesting that there seems to be a "club" of poets on your site. You have done a great job of bringing together talent and consistency. Your site is lacking just one thing: the "bs" that goes on with some of the other poetry sites. But I do not miss that one bit. Thank you.

Wednesday, August 15, 2001

Dear Jay, I am in awe of this wonderful place you continue to create. Your website is like a poetry heaven filled to the brim with beautiful words, thoughts and expression. You have a great talent - for writing and for committment. Your visitors are grateful for such a beautiful place to visit and enjoy. Thank you.

Friday, August 17, 2001

Dear Jay, Thanks (again!) for sending me that comment on my poem. That was very nice and considerate of you. It amazes me how much time and effort you put into your site. I think its great that you answer all email personally, and how you update it regularly. It shows how big a part of your life poetry is, and I admire that. Take care. Cristy

Sunday, August 19, 2001

Hello Poetheart, Just a brief letter to tell you how wonderful I think your site has become with all the changes you've made on it. You have done so much work on it. It must take you forever to work on it al the time, as you do. I have never seen a site more up to date than yours. I love the revival of your monthly featured poet and interview. July and August features were great. You really have your "finger on the pulse" of your site and manage to interview the poets your readers want to know more about. I am so impressed with your website. Thank you for all your work. Marisol

Monday, August 20, 2001

Jay, It seems that you get into little concentrations with your website. Lately you seem to be so generously paying more attention to your user submissions (giving each poet their own pages on your site and the poet interviews with the featured poets, etc.) and then at other times you concentrate more on presenting your own beautiful creations. I look forward to the pendulum swinging back and your own work being showcased. Your poetry is truly the product of profound creativity and genuine talent. You know how to weave a poem and make the reader feel what you feel and see what you are saying. You are truly one amazing contemporary poet - very talented and very significant and I (as much as I enjoy the work of the other poets) would like to see more of YOUR work on your site. Thanks. Jane

Tuesday, August 21, 2001

Poet, The July and August interviews are great. Is it my imagination or do you get better at the monthly interviews as time goes on? Are you really such a great catalyst who brings everything and everyone together to create such a real great site or is it just because I love your work and your projected personality? Vanessa

Thursday, August 23, 2001

Poetheart, You are a most amazing person and your site is most interesting. a beautiful online magazine. The poets who inhabit your site are indeed fortunate to be there. You always show good taste and judgement and your site is 100% quality. I take my hat off to you. K.F.

Saturday, August 25, 2001

Dear Poet, The changes you made on your website are perfect. But then everything you do is done with so much prior thought and planning. I have never seen a site quite so well maintained. I would also like to comment on the interviews - every single poet you have interviewed is very talented and each demonstrates stable and responsible creativity. You not only write imaginatively and passionately, but you also have the foresight and good judgement required to be webmaster of a poetry website. You always seem to know what is appropriate. Congratulations!!!

Monday, August 27, 2001

Poetheart, The work of both Matthew D. Ward and John R. Yaws is incredible. Their interviews were very well done and complimented their fine work. Nice job.

Wednesday, August 29, 2001

Dear Jay, You never cease to amaze or impress me. Your site is most entertaining and always interesting. I would just like to know why your featured poets are men? With the exception of Dona Lou Pearson, all the interviews are with the male poets. It is certainly not because you have no female poets on your site...What about Eunice Irwin or Belinda Bennett-Hartman, Maieh or Cristy Ramirez? What determines the featured poet?

Wednesday, August 29, 2001

Poet, You cannot even realize that you have the largest and most interesting poetry site that I have ever seen? It is also the most well kept up site and has an excellent design. Kudos to you and your staff. Marlene

Thursday, August 30, 2001

Poetheart, I just read the interview woth John R. Yaws. You picked one of my favorite poets on your site for the featured poet. His work is excellent and the interview was great so he was a perfect choice. So far every one of your choices has been perfect. I can still detect a few more poets whose interviews would be very interesting - Judi Ford has been on your site for quite a long time and was never interviewed, Maieh is a wonderful poet whose poems really touch my heart, and also Eunice Irwin and Cristy Ramirez are good poets. I suppose you will eventually get to these poets. September is coming and I am looking forward to reading the September interview and Q&A. By the way, I love the improvements you made to your site. Your site is always neat and clean and up to date. Sherry

Friday, August 31, 2001

Dear Jay, Hello there. It has been a while since we've exchanged emails, and I was just wondering as to how you were. I trust all is well. I finally read Judi Ford's poems, and I loved them as I read them. I don't know why I had never read her work before, but she is an awesome writer, very inspiring. I loved her "Two Souls Searching". I'm also excited to see who the featured poet for September will be. You always seem to chose just the right person, and ask the right questions. I've never seen a poet interview on any other site, and I think its great that you give the featured poet the pleasure of sharing a little of themselves. Which also gives the readers insight and understanding. The interviews are always something to look forward to. I'm enclosing my newest poem. It seems to suit me, and is more my writing style, I think. Take care Jay, and stay safe. Sincerely, Cristy

Saturday, September 1, 2001

Jay, Your last two interviews were really great. These two poets are interesting and their poetry is very good. I like the idea of these interviews. It's quite a different idea and your site is always interesting and I look forward to visiting it all the time because I know whenever I go there, there will be something new to read. Poetheart.com is definitely the best poetry site I have ever visited. I know you must spend a great deal of time maintaining it and making all the changes and additions. Keep up the great work. We all appreciate it. Sincerely, Katie

Monday, September 3, 2001

Poetheart, Your site looks great these days. Very professional and very interesting. I don't know how you manage to keep up with all the things you have going on - the interviews must be a lot of work and you are always posting new poetry for your visitors to enjoy.Amazing how well kept and updated is ALWAYS is! Your last two interviews were just wonderful and I am loking forward to the September interview with Maieh - she is a wonderful young poet and I enjoy her woirk so much. It will be interesting to know more about her. I felt the same way about the July and August poets. You always seem to choose just the right poet. Have you ever thought about featuring yourself and letting your visitors know more about you? Either a self-interview or have someone interview you in the same way your poets are interviewed and then also have a Q&A?

Wednesday, September 5, 2001

Jay, I have really enjoyed watching you develop a special portion of your site for Mr. Yaws and his Traveler's Tales. His Traveler's Tales are certainly good and do these poems justice in the way you display them. Only your friend Judi Ford was displayed so prominently. What about Dona Lou Pearson and your other featured poets. Will you create a page for their work in the same way? Tara

Thursday, September 6, 2001

Poetheart, I think you are the probably one of the finest modern day poets I have read in a long time. Your poetry is so captivating and you are so versatile. I mainly come to read your work, but also enjoy the poet interviews. Richard Amoroso is also a wonderful poet. How come we have not seen "new" poems by him? I also notice that he does not participate in the Q&A as your other poets do. Is he disassociated from your site now? I also would like to comment on the poetry of your July poet Matthew - his poetry is very good and sometimes his poetry reminds me of yours. He is not as versatile, but he is young and this will probably come in time. How do you find all these wonderful poets? It seems to me that John Yaws has something there with his tales. I haven't read all of them yet (there are so many) but I intend to. H.B.

Friday, September 7, 2001

Dearest Jay, Your work touches me in ways you may or may not have intended to reach the heart of a reader. There have been times reading your poems, when I am crying...and other times I am in awe of your mind and its workings. I am amazed at the way you think and feel - and at your ability to express such things. While you make me laugh, cry, think and feel, you always make me feel enriched and strengthened for the experience of reading your poetry. If you are not published and I do not hear of your poetry in another forum other than your website, I will be very surprised. You are a genuine poet who knows how to reach inside your readers, tug at their heartstrings and impart a piece of yourself with each and every poem. You have a very beautful soul and a very full heart. You are truly "Poetheart" and you are justified in having chosen that name for yourself. Thank you from my heart. Suzanna, Atlanta, GA

Saturday, September 8, 2001

Dear Jay, I am more than happy with the way that you have displayed the Traveler's Tales, and Yes, I do intend to post all of them, including any future Tales written, on your excellent site. I, too, feel that we could be friends.In fact, I do consider us friends, albeit the Internet variety. Thanks again for all of your excellent work. John

Monday, September 10, 2001

Poetheart, I have just read your September poet interview. I think Maieh was an excellent choice to be featured, as John R. Yaws was for the August feature. Your site is looking really great since you modified it. You always keep it up-to-date and very well maintained. You must spend a lot of time working on it. I have been a regular visitor since last November and I am always impressed by the meticulous upkeep and all the new things to read there. Thank you for having such a nice place to visit on the net. Mary Beth

Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Dear Poet, I am very glad you started interviewing poets every month as you started to do last year. Those last three interviews were great. It is wonderful to get an insight into the poets enjoyed on your site. John R. Yaws is definitely a very talented poet with versatility and imagination. Maieh is very moving and uses language well to express herself in poetry. You amaze me by how you have brought all these wonderful poets together. J.D.

Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Poetheart, Your site looks great and the content is never disapppointing at all - Bravo!

Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Dear Poetheart, I just read Maieh's interview. You could have done a much better job with her. The interview is not up to the standards set by your previous interviews. You did her an injustice by your obvious lack of preparation. So shame on you. Helena

Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Poetheart, you should forget about all these other poets and just feature your own poetry. Of all the poems I have read by all the poets you have, only Dona Lou's poetry comes someplace close to you in talent and originality. Just publish less from others and more of your own work. You underestimate your appeal and your audience.

Wednesday, September 12, 2001

Dearest Poetheart, I know that you live in NJ and have ties to New York City. I hope that you are safe and doing okay with everything going on. My sincere hopes that you and yours are safe and sound. Love, Alana

Wednesday, September 12, 2001

Dear Jay, This will be my last communication with you until you contact me. I will honor your request to black out of e-mail and know your site will be on hiatus for one week honoring the tragic and sad events of yesterday. I will miss poetheart.com while it is "on hold" during this time. Later, sweet man. Janie

Wednesday, September 12, 2001

What do you think putting your site on hold and not accepting e-mail will accomplish for one week? Do you really believe you generate that much traffic on the net that you think you are of some consequence to what is going on? You are keeping the lines open, huh? How perfectly ridiculous! You make me laugh.

Thursday. September 13, 2001

Dear Poet, I know that you have asked that readers not write this week but wanted to tell you how wonderful I think your site is and can't wait until you "open it up" again. You're an amazing man. During the next week of silence I will read your beautiful poetry. Thanks. Yolanda

Friday, September 14, 2001

Poetheart, After this e-mail I will respect your wishes and not write back until your site is up and running again. Your quiet and tasteful way of honoring the events of the other day are impressive. Peace.

Friday, September 14, 2001

Poetheart, I trust that soon you will be active on your site once again. Only something like the events of September 11th would keep you from updating your site. Marlene

Sunday, September 16, 2001

Dearest Jay, Knowing you, you must be very affected by the recent tragic events in New York and Washington. I am looking forward to what you will say when your site is reopened. Stay well.

Monday, September 17, 2001

Jay, Your recent interview with Maieh was really interesting. I am glad that you have started the poet interviews again and look forward to reading them. I would like to see you post more of your poetry though. You leave your readers so hungry for more of your work. Excellent poetry from your heart. We love it. Give us more. D.V.

Tuesday, September 18, 2001

Jay, I found your site through a Yahoo search for poetry and was amazed by it. Your collection of personal poetry and the vastness of your site are truly incredible. I have bookmarked it and will visit again and again. I feel like I have found something very worthwhile reading. Toni

Thursday, September 20, 2001

Dear Poetheart, I really enjoy your site and look forward to reading more of your poetry. You and Dona Lou are the best poets on your site - writing from your hearts and expressing yourselves with such imagination and creativity. The poet interviews are very interesting and you do a great job getting your poets to open themselves up and reveal what makes them tick. What a great idea! The interview I would love to read would be an interview with YOU. Have you ever considered this? I bet your readers would love it. I am enclosing two of my older sister's poems for you to read and critique for her. She has given her permission to post them on your site if you wish. Thanks. Amelia

Thursday, September 20, 2001

Good work. Please reply.

Saturday, September 22, 2001

Dear Sir, I find your website to be the perfect example of why people hate poetry. Your pathetic attempts at writing poetry should be something to be ashamed of and you seem to be so proud of them. I was looking for literature but found your ridiculous website instead. You remind me of a fat man in a speedo who doesn't know how ridiculous he appears. You don't have a clue about writing poetry - yet you continue posting your illiterate and miserable rambling. Give everyone a break and do something you know. It's not poetry. P.B.

Sunday, September 23, 2001

I am fascinated by your website and your poetry which seems to speak directly to my heart. Thank you. Patricia

Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Dear Poet, It has been two weeks since you closed your site to anything new out of respect for the tragedy of 9/11. Don't you think it's time to open it up again? Hoping you are well and preparing some great poetry about the NYC and DC attacks. Looking forward to seeing new work. Thanks. Joe P.

Friday, September 28, 2001

Poetheart, When I go to your site and see that the last update was 09/11/01 and see that you have not done a thing to your normally updated and well kept website, I am very sad. Please do something soon. Gerri

Saturday, September 29, 2001

Jay, What's up with the website? Your silence is getting very eerie now. At least write back to me and tell me why the big Poetheart silence. Thanks, Eva

Saturday, September 29, 2001

Poetheart, I love your latest poems. Your poetry seems to have changed though I can't put my finger on exactly what has changed about it. You just "sound" different. Your work is still beautiful. Janie

Monday, October 1, 2001

Poet, Where are you these days? You are getting very mysterious. D.K.

Wednesday, October 3, 2001

Do you know what you need? A virus to destroy your pc so that you can't go on working on your site. It really really does suck big time.

Friday, October 5, 2001

Dear Poet, I am a regular visitor to your site and have felt your absence from your beautiful site for a few weeks now. I do hope that you are safe and well. Please know that you are missed and the lack of your presence is definitely felt by all who visit your site, read your poetry and enjoy all of the wonderful things you bring us on a regular basis. I am looking forward to your return to your website. Thank you. Helena

Tuesday, October 9, 2001

Jay, Where are you and why haven't you done anything on your site? DB

Wednesday, October 10, 2001

Poetheart, Your beautiful site IS poetry! Thank you sincerely.

Thursday, October 11, 2001

I have been watching your site. Nothing new. Today is exactly one month since 9/11. I am hoping your silence will be broken tomorrow.

Saturday, October 13, 2001

Dear Poet, Your poem "Hostage" is great. I love the images you paint with your words. How do you come up with these ideas for poems? Every time a read a new poem I am so impressed by your mastery of images and the way you evoke so many deep thoughts and feelings. Beautiful titles for beautiful expression of your thoughts and feelings. Thank you. G.B.

Monday, October 15, 2001

Dear Poetheart, Please change the 09/11/01 date on the index page. It is haunting. Thanks.

Monday, October 15, 2001

I found your page just by coincidence. I was looking for a poetry site to read some modern poetry and I decided to investigate your site. I was really surprised by myself reading how the feelings of someone could be expressed in such a way, full of energy and sharing the best that anyone has. I promise you to continue visiting your page and I would like to hear back from you very soon.

Tuesday, October 16, 2001

Dear Poet, Your two latest poems are excellent ("Vines" and "Autumnn Colors") as they are excellent examples of how well you paint so vividly with your words. I also liked "The Wind Through the Totems" very much. It's funny that you should refer to the totem in this as I have just returned from Canada, Alaska and the Northwest and am recently fascinated by the totem images. Your poetry is always clever and you write beautifully. I enjoy many features on your website but your poetry is my main attraction to it. Thank you for sharing your poet's heart. J.G.

Friday, October 19, 2001

Jay, Your poem "Emily Dickinson Speaks" is one of the best poems you have written in a long time. Emily Dickinson is my favorite poet and your poem about her really moved me. I have read it several times and it seems to bring her to life and I can just picture her through your words. Beautifully done. Please don't ever stop creating your tapestries of beautiful words. Mary Alice

Saturday, October 20, 2001

I like your poetry. I also write poetry and I'm trying to get started with my own site but I need some help with site promotion. E-mail me back. Thanks. Steve

Sunday, October 21, 2001

Poet, Glad to see that your site is back and running.Your new poems are great but conspicuous is the absence of any poetry about the recent attack on the US. Any reason for this? Joe

Tuesday, October 23, 2001

Poetheart, I had to write to tell you that your two poems - "Emily Dickinson Speaks" and "Autumn Colors" - are really REALLY good. It is not often one encounters a talented poet such as yourself who is constantly sharing his recent work. You are very talented and very much a living, sharing poet. Genna

Friday, October 26, 2001

Poetheart, Your recent poems are just as bad as all the others. It seems that although you don't get any worse, you also don't improve with time! I do enjoy the poets whose work you feature (Dona Lou Pearson, John R. Yaws and a few others) so your site is not entirely a waste. Less of your work and more poems by the real poets.

Sunday, October 28, 2001

Poet, I really enjoyed "Vines" and Autumn Colors" but not so sure about the work you posted in September. Those were somewhat disappointing (especially "Hostage" and "Ever After"). I don't know what you had in mind when you wrote the one about Emily Dickinson speaking. I didn't get it.H.S.

Monday, October29, 2001

Dearest Jay, Hello there, it has been quite a long time, hasn't it. I hope all is well with you and your family. I must say, I was worried about you for a while. Its good to see you've updated your site again. I missed checking back for the daily updates. I imagine you've been busy with other things, which is understandable. I also wanted to tell you that I loved the new poems you posted in your section. It had been a while since I had read any of your current work. I was also thinking of the overwhelming response you must be getting as a result of September 11th, and if you yourself had written anything? Well, I guess thats all I have to say for now. Take care and hope to hear from you soon. Sincerely, Cristy

Tuesday, October 30, 2001

Dear Poetheart, Your poetry is simply beautiful. You manage to be constantly innovative, imaginative and creative with your imagery and expression. You are truly unique and very talented. Thank you. K.D.

Friday, November 2, 2001

Poetheart, You are a beautiful soul and have tremendous possibilities. Continue your priceless expression. Trish

Sunday, November 4, 2001

Jay, "Emily Dickinson Speaks" was magnificent. It is indeed one of the finest poems you have penned. Of your recent work, it is without a doubt the best, but I also liked "The Wind Through the Totems" and "Autumn Colors" and some of the others. You never cease to amaze me with your beautiful and excellent poetry, written in your very unique style which always manages to reach inside me to that place where so few poets can touch. Thank you sincerely for having such a generous nature and sharing yourself, your thoughts and your feelings through your poems. Marta

Tuesday, November 6, 2001

Dear Poetheart, I don't think you have any idea how great your poetry is. I also think you are a major contemporary poet. Do you have any poetry books available? I am interested in purchasing a book of your poems. Would you be so kind as to let me know how I can purchase your books? Joan W.

Wednesday, November 7, 2001

Jay, Your work is brilliant. Your use of language to express such thoughts and feelings is amazing. Someplace there are English teachers and professors proud to have had you as a student and satisfied with your writing. Earl Brown

Friday, November 9, 2001

Poet, I have just read your Sepember and October poems. Just when I wonder what you will say next, you have new poems posted and I find out. Such a bright mind and the ability to express yourself. Lucky man. D.W.

Sunday, November 11, 2001

Poetheart, If I had a fraction of your talent, I would be publishing my work and not giving it away for free on the net.

Tuesday, November 13, 2001

Poetheart, Still the silence since September 11th!! Why no word from you about the tragic events?

Thursday, November 15, 2001

"Toward Eternity" is absolutely the best poem you have ever written. (My previous favorite was "Aged"). How do you manage to come up with these ideas? Great poem, buddy.

Friday, November 16, 2001

Poetheart, Your latest poem "Toward Eternity" is GREAT!

Saturday, November 17, 2001

Poetheart, I just read your recent poems from September, October and November and I have to tell you that I like them all. My favorites are "Emily Dickinson Speaks" and "Toward Eternity". Thanks a million for sharing. L.B.

Saturday, November 24, 2001

Poetheart, I just visited your website and was impressed by the magnitude and scope of it. It's a great poetry site and I bookmarked it so I could visit there again. The poet interviews are a great idea and I read all of them. They were all interesting and just reading them made me check out each poet's poetry. I would like to see an interview with the one poet who put this beautiful site together - will that ever happen? Thanks for sharing the world of poetry. Bill

Sunday, November 25, 2001

Dearest Friend Jay, I just finished reading (then re-reading) "Emily Dickinson Speaks" and I have to tell you that I love it. She is undoubtedly my favorite poet of all time, as she was able to say with such an economy of words the feelings and thoughts of her very good heart. To know Emily Dickinson is to feel comfort, sadness, joy, and all the gamut of emotions that come from being a sentient and living being. Thank you for this one, Baby. You've done it AGAIN. I love your poetry, my friend. Love, Dona

Friday, November 30, 2001

The poem "Toward Eternity" is the best you have ever done, my friend. I love it, and so does Carla. We read it at the same time and said both the same, "That is really good," but I meant that it is wonderful. I am so glad you are sharing this with the world, and me. Love you! Dona

Wednesday, December 5, 2001

Poetheart, Your poems rock! I have read many of them and spent much more time perusing your site than I originally intended. Many of them are really good. I loved "Toward Eternity and "Truce" among many others. Your poems are clearly original and your creativity is obvious. The way you are able to express yourself is a real gift. I look forward to reading more of your work. You're definitely a cool poet. Thanks, Joseph P.

Sunday, December 9, 2001

Poet, Your website is really REALLY pathetic. Your "poetry" sucks. Aren't you embarassed to display your very poor work for all the world to see? Jon

Monday, December 10, 2001

Dear Poetheart, I was happy to see that Dona Lou is still contributing her wonderful poetry to your site. It was a great idea to give each poet his/her own page and to add the "new" tag before the new poems. It makes it easier to find the work of a particular poet and identifying the new work makes it even more convenient to read. Dona Lou Pearson is truly a great poet and I have enjoyed her work since I first started visiting your site last year. Thank you for featuring her poetry on your site. Debbie

Wednesday, December 12, 2001

Dear Jay, Hello. It has been such a long time! Well, I hadn't sent you anything new in a while, so I thought I'd send you some of my recent writings. As always, I'd like your opinion, and if you find anything worthy of posting please do so. I'm sure you have your hands full, so reply when you can. It is good to see that you're back, and updating your site. I've missed it, and I have enjoyed reading all your new postings. With every one I read, I seem to gain another favorite. Take care, and stay safe. Cristy

Thursday, December 13, 2001

Hi :) I like your website :) I can sense how nice your heart is as a person :) I'm writing to request a copy of the poem Desiderata. I'm not sure if you have it on your website, maybe I was just going to fast browsing it. Anyway, I'll be around next time. Your website's kinda interesting! Thank you :) -Maya (I'm not Indian but Filipino)

Thursday, December 13, 2001

What a soul! Your poetry touches mine. I admire the heart and soul which created "The Arrival" "Death of a Poet" "Emily Dickinson Speaks" "Cold Heart" "Truce" and so many other wonderful and beautiful poems. Your "Toward Eternity" is excellent. "Aged" is classic. "Realities" is brilliant. "Anne Boleyn Syndrome" and "Fury" are great. "Crying" is simple and wonderful. I have read all of the poems in your early and current categories. There were only a few disappointments (I will not name them) but considering how many poems you have posted on your site, they were less than a percentage of the total I accessed. Thank you sincerely for sharing your great work.

Friday, December 14, 2001

Poetheart, Your very recent addition "Truce" is really great. Your expression is simply amazing.

Friday, December 14, 2001

Poet, I just read your November and December 2001 poems. I loved all of them. You continue to create a beautiful spectrum of thoughts, feelings, emotions and experiences which give the reader such an insight into the heart of a true poet. I always look forward to your new poems. Marla

Saturday, December 15, 2001

Poetheart, Can you please tell me why you have not posted even one poem about the tragedy of 09/11? None of your poets, readers or even yourself have written anything about it? It's a little strange, don't you think? G.S.

Saturday, December 15, 2001

Dear Poet, I was reading the poet interviews and the February 2000 interview was interesting so I decided to check out that particular poet's work. Richard's work is very good. I especially liked the Yankee poem and "echoes from the Wall" (also "Kitchen Wars"). I noticed that he has no poems marked "NEW" as some of your other poets do. Is he still writing? How come there are no new poems by this poet? I think Richard is probably one of the best poets on your site (I guess that's one reason why you interviewed him!). I also liked the interview with John R. Yaws and his poems are really creative and wreak of his talent. You're a lucky guy to be associated with these two poets as well as all of the other fine poets sponsored by your site. I would also say that they are lucky to be on your great poetry site. Your site is one of the best poetry sites I have come across. Joe

Sunday, December 16, 2001

Dear Poet, I came across your site quite by accident and incurred all the damages associated with accidents. Your site is just a promotion of low quality "poetry" - both your own pathetic babbling and the ramblings of your friends. Probably the only saving graces of your site are the work of John R. Yaws and Eunice Irwin. Leave their poems on the site and get rid of all the other crap, especially your own. Spare the one to come across your site by accident the agony of sifting through hundreds of pieces of trash. J.S.

Sunday, December 16, 2001

Poetheart, Your recent poem "Toward Eternity" and "Truce" are really very good and probably your finest work since your poem "Aged" back in September, 2000. I also liked "One Hundred Moons" in the way you portrayed something lost so simply. Keep up the trend you seem to be on right now. Jack

Monday, December 17, 2001

Dear Jay, Your latest poem ("Truce") is simply great. I also liked the images of "Cold Heart" and the simplicity of your poem "One Hundred Moons". With "Losing You" you give such a naked insight into your psyche and your sincerity and its originality are truly wonderful qualities which add so much to it. Kara

Monday, December 17, 2001

Poetheart, Your site just seems to get better every time I visit. I noticed some new poems by Dona Lou Pearson, (who happens to be one of my favorite poets on your site). Cristy Ramirez and Maieh have also added more poems to their pages. Your own most recent poems are excellent. Thanks for having such a great site to visit and enjoy. Barbara

Tuesday, December 18, 2001

Poet, Nice site. Great poetry. Anthony M.

Tuesday, December 18, 2001

Poetheart, Your November and December poems are really good. I like your expression of thoughts and feelings. I also read the work of Jason Visconti and Eunice Irwin. Both of them are also good. But the poems of your featured poets Dona, Richard and John are outstanding. Charles and Matthew are also very talented. What a really great site you have. You must be very proud of it. L.F.

Tuesday, December 18, 2001

The words to "Losing You" touched my heart. The message of "Truce" is clear and is very well written and "Toward Eternity" is great. "One Hundred Moons" is beautiful. "Emily Dickinson Speaks" is amazing. You are indeed a genuine poet. Your website is garden of beauty and talent. My pleasure to have visited you there.

Thursday, December 20, 2001

Jay, Your site has grown very nicely - even in the short time it's been since my last visit. You certainly do a real nice job maintaining it. It's amazing how meticulous you are about your updating it (with the exception of that period of about a month back in September, which is understandable). I like the new additions - I see that almost all your poets have new work and the visitor response is really an interesting feature. When is your next poet interview? Jack P-

Saturday, December 22, 2001

Of your recent poems, "Truce" and "Toward Eternity" are really poems. I am kind of disappointed in your "Emily Dickinson Speaks" and feel you could have done better with that one. "One Hundred Moons" is pretty good but not really up to your standards. Cristy Ramirez is a very good poet. Will she be interviewed anytime soon?

Sunday, December 23, 2001

Poetheart, I enjoy reading the visitor responses. How do you put up with all those clowns? Do these people with all the criticism of your poetry and your site ever submit anything? Who are they to throw stones at you and your work? It's baffles me that some people actually demonstrate their ignorance under the guise of "being honest and expressing what they don't like" - if they don't like your poetry or your site, they shouldn't come back. Plain and simple.

Monday, December 24, 2001

Dear Poetheart, Your site is beautiful and so is your heart and soul! Daria, Pittsburgh

Monday, December 24, 2001

Poetheart, You seem to have achieved what I have been striving for. I have enclosed some poems for your critique. I know you will be honest and tell me what you really think and if they have any merit. Perhaps you will even consider printing them on your poetry site. I would give anything to write like you or Dona Pearson. Please respond. Thanks.

Tuesday, December 25, 2001

Merry Christmas, Poetheart. I visited your site late this afternoon and read your November and December poems and they are wonderful. "Toward Eternity" is really great and "One Hundred Moons" was beautiful. Your website is always updated to the minute - so meticulously kept and well manicured. I don't know how you do it. I know you have a small staff and likely most of the maintenance falls on you. Your poems always touch me. I also like the work of some of your other poets (Dona Pearson, Eunice Irwin, Richard Amoroso and John Yaws). Hope to see more of your work and their work in 2002. Thanks. Marissa

Thursday, December 27, 2001

Poetheart, I have always admired your fine work as well as the work of Eunice Irwin, Richard Amoroso and John R. Yaws. Now I see a new poet on your site whose work I really like. Paul Papasavas is also talented from what I can gather by the few poems he has on your site. His poetry is very "real" and "intelligent" and he expresses himself very well. You always succeed in adding new talent to your site. I admire that you recognize other poets and put them on your site - even giving them their own pages (John R. Yaws). It is very geneous of you to share your spotlight. If you continue the trend you have set, your site will become a renowned poetry site. David Brown

Thursday, December 27, 2001

Dear Jay, Your November and December poems are really good. I also read the new poems by Dona Lou (one of my favorite poets on your site!) and liked "Re:Inconsequentiality" and "Predictably" very much. I noticed that you've added some new work by Cristy Ramirez and even secured a new poet, Paul Papasavas. Cristy's work is very good and I am wondering why she has not yet been interviewed...Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. Jenna

Friday, December 28, 2001

Dear Poet, Glad to see that your site is back to "normal" again. It's an excellent site and love it when you have things going on like new interviews, new poems and new poets. You recently added a new poet, Paul Papasavas, who is very unique in the way he writes and the subject of his poems. He really makes you think reading his poems. I liked "No Title" and "Enter and leave the world knowing nothing" very much, but his poem "I went through the day again" is a great poem. I hope to read more of this guy's work in the future. He's good.

Friday, December 28, 2001

Dear Poetheart, I have just spent over one hour visiting your great site, mostly investigating the poetry of the poet John R. Yaws. He is a magnificent poet. I have read most of the Traveler's Tales and many of his other poems. His work is so awesome I was in utter disbelief that I could encounter such wonderful poetry on the web. Of any site, your site is definitely worthy of hosting his work, but this poet should be publishing his poetry. You are both quite fortunate to have found each other - you for having this caliber of poet associated with your site and him for having you host his work and give it the exposure only a site like yours can bring. His Leroy poems are entertaining, "Forged In Flame" is a beautiful and profound poem, and "Noblesse Oblige" is my favorite. His Traveler's Tales series is really quite wonderful. I also enjoyed his interview very much. Thank you for having this poet on your site. Angie, Tulsa

Saturday, December 29, 2001

Poet, You have to be one of the finest poets I have read in a long time. Your poems are a gift from your mind, heart and pen to the hearts of your readers. You also have quite a few poets whose poetry is excellent. These include your friends Dona Lou, Richard and John (all featured and interviewed poets). Dona's "Rendezvous" (both versions) and the poem she wrote for you are great. Richard's "Kitchen Wars" is wonderfully entertaining. John's "Forged In Flame" is very memorable. I also liked the poems of Eunice Irwin, Cristy Ramirez and Matthew Ward. J.N.

Saturday, December 29, 2001

Poetheart, The poems you have posted by Paul Papasavas are very good. I realize that he is new to your site and I want to congratulate you on selecting his work to be part of your site, which is packed with talented poets. Thanks.

Sunday, December 30, 2001

Dear Poet, Dona Pearson has so many wonderful poems on your site. She seems to be a very dedicated poet and she produces many wonderful poems. (I was very moved by her recent poem called "Death..." and related to her words totally, having just ended a ten year relationship.) I must ask you this question about her poems. What do the "..." in the titles of so many of her poems signify? I noticed that a good third of her poem titles have this in the title. I noticed that you have one or two titles like this in your poetry section, so thought you would know. Thanks, Katie

Sunday, December 30, 2001

Poetheart, Jason Visconti is a very competent poet but doesn't have enough work on your site. Will you be acquiring more poetry by this poet? I know he is new to your site but I would like to read more of his poems. Also, I must comment for your future consideration that Eunice Irwin is definitely a poet worth interviewing. Her poems are great. I like reading them over and over whenever I visit your site. I think your site is interesting and I visit often. You have a nice collection of contemporary poetry. Thanks. Bill

Monday, December 31, 2001

Poetheart, How come there are no new poems by Richard Amoroso? At one time this guy used to add new poems on a regular basis but haven't seen anything new from him in a long time. Has he decided to post his work someplace else or does he have his own site now? Has he stopped writing? Please let me know as I like his poetry very much and would like to read what he has written lately. I don't think he has anything he has written in 2001 posted on your site. Thanks. Joe

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