"Visitor Response"

So many people have written and told me they enjoy reading the visitor responses that I am continuing to post some of the responses I receive from those who write in to me. It is nearly impossble to post all the responses to the site or the work posted on it, but there is a small "representative" here. Hope you continue to enjoy reading these.  - poetheart 07/01/02

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Monday, July 1, 2002

Dear Poetheart, I find Brad Morin's poetry interesting. I like his recent poem ("Seesaw" which I read last night) and think that Brad expresses some very heavy things in his work. He is very honest and his poems are truly provoke so many thoughts - like touching the tips of icebergs. I also LOVED "My Friend Fear" and was totally able to relate to it. I hope to see more of Brad's unique poems posted on your website. Thank you for hosting his poems.

Monday, July 1, 2002

Dear Jay: I Haven't read your entire site as of yet, I wish to mull my way through slowly, and enjoy. Thank you for sharing, I suspect a goodly portion of your poetry is cathartic for you, as mine is for me. Such a lovely empathetic journey ahead, again thank you. The question, if you would be so kind, I wish to copywrite my poetry, would you give me direction as to the best way to accomplish this. Respectfully, Alyssa  P.S. - I loved the photo section, Hugs and Love to your family.

Tuesday, July 2, 2002

Jay, Patricia Lynn is a wonderful poet who enhances your site as much as your friend Dona Pearson. Her poems are friendly, unpretentious and not at all condescending or difficult to understand. I find her poetry very reader friendly. It is poets like Patricia who promote poetry rather than deter interest. I enjoyed reading both versions of her poem "The Shadow Knows" and liked the idea that she demonstrated two paths from one idea. It was interesting to see how the poem was revised. "Stop Internal Madness" was an excellent demonstration of introspective thought. Her fears that it might be "preachy" could safely be tossed aside. It was a perfectly successful attempt at accomplishing her intent with that poem. "Sweet Hiding Place" is a good example of what I like about her poems - I was very comfortable reading it and got the feeling she was talking about a place I knew about (or which we all know about). I still like "Adrift" and "The Workaholic's Heaven" with "Adrift" still being my favorite of Patricia's poems. There is one guarantee about her poems - the reader will always feel comfortable and relating to what she says is very easy. Thanks, Deloris

Tuesday, July 2, 2002

I think the idea of posting responses from visitors to your site is great. Sometimes I will read a response and find out I missed a poet or poem and then go back to read them to see what the reader was talking about. Sometimes I agree and sometimes I don't but in either case, responses are interesting. I also want to comment on your poems, poetheart. Your poems are amazing - so passionate and masterful. Your very recent poems are unbelievable, almost beyond my ability to describe. Your ideas and the manner in which you express them (language, vocabulary, tone, form, etc) are borderline genius! "For Him" is so beautiful - the choice of loneliness and its price, true love, how success always has someone nurturing in the wings. In this poem I suspect you are portraying someone close to you. "Raconteur" was so good and "Anonymous" (almost a continuation of that theme) was well written and holds interest. When a writer/poet writes about writing, it's usually interesting - but when you do it, the reader gets the feeling that above all else, you are a poet! So amazing! "Lone Wolf" is very different from your other work. I liked it very much but also felt you were in an autobigraphical mode when you wrote that. Anyone who has ever wondered why the wolf howls into the wind as he does understands why just by reading this poem. Anyone who has ever wondered why your site is so popular and why you are called "poetheart" only needs to read your poems. Gerri

Thursday, July 4, 2002

Poetheart, "On This 4th of July" by Patricia Lynn was good and very appropriate. She reinstates the Independence Day holiday as the experience of the people rather than the boring pseudo patriotic thing it has become. Patricia has successfully tapped into the collective consciousness of the average American. B.R.

Friday, July 5, 2002

Dear Poet, Paul Papasavas has so many poems on your site (as do Dona Pearson and Patricia Lynn) that I have to wonder if these favored poets ever have anything rejected. Well???

Saturday, July 6, 2002

Poetheart, If I thought my poems were good, your site would be the place I want them to be published. I have been reading your online magazine for almost a year (and have never written before) and really enjoy reading the poetry you select to publish. Dona Pearson is excellent and I know why you like her poems so much. Paul Papasavas, John Yaws and Cristy Ramirez are also very good poets. Of course, I primarily go to your website to read your poems. I love your poetry. Keep up the great work.

Sunday, July 7, 2002

Dear Jay, My sincere best wishes for a Happy Birthday!!! I visited your website today to spend some time reading your beautiful poetry and thinking about you - wondering what made you write this or that, or what you were thinking and feeling when you wrote. Thanks for sharing yourself. Lynn

Sunday, July 7, 2002

Jay, I like almost all of the recent postings on your site - "Open Sky" by Paul Papasavas, "On This 4th of July" by Patricia Lynn, "Forgotten Life" by Dave Parzanese, "Seesaw" "Mockery" "Sublimal Orgy" by Brad Morin, and "Shared Secrets" by Cristy Ramirez. (Those "NEW" indicator tags next to the poems help so much! LOL) But I was still disappointed not to find any new work from you, Dona, Eve Hall, Matthew Ward or Jason Visconti.It's great to see your site is always updated and new work always added to what is there. Thanks for having such a wonderful poetry site. It's the best! Hanna

Tuesday, July 9, 2002

You have so many wonderful poets with beautiful and inspiring poetry on your website. You seem to have something for everyone - except there is no gay poetry. Are any of your poets gay or lesbian?

Tuesday, July 9, 2002

Jay, I just read "Anonymous" and "Your Parlour" - all I can say is that you always send chills up my spine! I love your poetry. You don't post enough of your own poems.

Wednesday, July 10, 2002

Jay, Belated Happy Birthday! I have been visiting your site on and off for almost two years now but in the past six months I have visited regularly to follow the progression of your poets. It always seems as if once a poet is on your site they become more "refined" or better or something...and you can see improvement in their poetry. Why is that? Do you coach your poets or offer them advice? What do you have to do with their development? I am so curious.

Friday, July 12, 2002

Poet, Patricia Lynn is such a wonderful poet and I enjoy reading her poems as much as yours. I was sure that if you did another poet feature you would have certainly selected Patricia. Paul Papasavas is also very good and I see that he will be interviewed this month. When will his interview will be on your website? How did you come to select him? I know this question has been asked of you before but I want to ask you and hopefully you will respond: How is the featured poet chosen and exactly how does the interview process work?

Saturday, July 13, 2002

Dear Jay, Hi there. I hope you and your's are doing well, and staying safe. I haven't sent you anything new in a while, so I thought I'd send you a few recent poems. If you would like to post any of them, please go ahead. I also wanted to mention that I enjoyed reading Brad Morin's work. Its interesting, and thought provoking. Take care, and I hope to hear from you soon. Sincerely, Cristy

Saturday, July 13, 2002

Dear Jay, I have
never enjoyed a poetry site more than yours. It really and truly is a quality site. It's about poets and poetry and, fortunately for all of us, not at all commercialized as most sites are these days. I realize (and wonder how many of your visitors do) that producing a site like yours must cost you some bucks annually and yet you don't solicit "donations" to help finance it! You're a good man and a true artist who obviously is dedicated to promoting poetry. I am honestly grateful to you. Mark from Manhattan

Saturday, July 13, 2002

There are so many really wonderful poems on your website - especially yours. It's amazing that you haven't published your beautiful work. Your site is well maintained and your standards are high for those who contribute work to it. It's incredible. I have bookmarked it to visit again. Thanks. Maddie

Sunday, July 14, 2002

Poet, Your poem "Anonymous" really freaked me out. I thought it was very well done. Very successful effort there.

Tuesday, July 16, 2002

Dear Jay, Thought I would sit down and write you a short note this morning. I have been visiting your website periodically, but have not really had a chance in the past few weeks to do much writing. (I am in a slump, I guess). Here's hoping that life is treating you very kindly, that you are happy, and that you are well. I think of you often with the kindest and warmest thoughts, my friend, and when I go to poetheart.com, I am always incredibly thankful and so amazed to be a small part of the beautiful landscape of poetry there. Yours is the best of all, but there are many very gifted contributors. I think that your "internet anthology of modern poetry" is by far the best and most interesting poetry site on the net. I am not alone in this evaluation, for sure. Stay cool. Love, Dona

Wednesday, July 17, 2002

hey my name is brandon and right now im workin on my first album and i have a good idea for a song but im havin a hard time putting it on paper so i was wonderin if u could write a song for me and my idea for this song is a guy who likes a girl but she has a boyfriend and it would talk about how they met and how they talk all the time and when they are together with friends they always stare at each other and how they know that they are suppose to be with each other and i would really appreciate it if u would respond and hopefully u will and if i make it i will be sure to say ure name and whos responisble for the good lyrics cuz im at ure page right now and u are a good writer but i have to go to the studio and i will ttyl Thank You.....Brandon

Wednesday, July 17, 2002

Jay, I can't find the interview with Paul Papasavas. Where is it? F.N., Phoenix

Wednesday, July 17, 2002

Dear Jay, Your poem "Poet Noir" (08/2000) is one of the most beautiful poems I have ever read.I read it when you first added it to your site and then have read it again from time to time. Just tonight I read it again and was amazed at the beautiful expression of very poetic ideas. I fell in love with this poem all over again. It's just beautiful. Lana

Thursday, July 18, 2002

Poetheart, For a long time I have wondered what is in the restricted section of your site. I have tried to access it but I need a user name and password. How do I get those? Does it cost anything? Thanks

Friday, July 19, 2002

"Hoping Hell Freezes Over" was an excellent antidote for a hot day here in Maryland. Great poem!

Friday, July 19, 2002

Hi Jay, This is the first time that I visited the site and I have to say that it is absolutely wonderful. I'm really impressed. I know that for years you have had a longing in your heart to make this a workable and precious site and I think you have achieved that. I haven't read the poetry yet, but will soon. Get in touch with me. Love Ya!!! Lisa

Friday, July 19, 2002

Jay, Pat Lynn's "On the Whistle of the Wind" is a wonderful poem. Her words brought me right there with her and I was able to feel and see what she described. This is talent. She is a wonderful poet. I also like Cristy Ramirez who is probably one of the most passionate poets on your site - on the same level as only a few others there. I loved Cristy's new poem "Breakdown" and this exemplifies what I mean about her. Georgina, Pittsburgh, PA

Friday, July 19, 2002

Poetheart, I just read Jason Visconti's poems and think he is great. I also noticed that he has been on your site for a while (last October) yet he only has a small quantity of his poetry on your site while many who became part of your site later have so many poems on it. I don't understand why you have so few of Jason's poems on your site. I'd like to see more of his work on poetheart.com.

Saturday, July 20, 2002

Jay, Your latest three poems "Your Parlour" "Anonymous" and "Lone Wolf" are great reading. I enjoyed them and noticed that they are each written in a different "style" as if by three different poets. It never occurred to me before that the poems by "poetheart" could be written by a staff of poets rather than just one poet or that "you" might be a collective you - is this the case? Stephanie

Saturday, July 20, 2002

Dear Jay, Your poem "Sirens" is one of your best poems. I enjoyed it immensely and I have a great appreciation for how you expressed "madness" with it. Your choice of words and the tone of this poem paints an accurate picture to which I can relate completely. (Ten years ago I was diagnosed with a medical condition and prior to getting treatment and proper medication, I experienced episodes as you describe in your poem). Rather than feeling "agitated" by your poem, it comforted me to hear what I experienced described by someone else. While I find writing poetry therapeutic for me, I have never been able to write about my illness other than the individual feelings and thoughts of my various situations along the way and during my illness and recovery. Through your poem (and many of your other poems) I've been able to confront things which I have long held on a shelf, comforted in knowing that someone else understands what I have experienced. Thank you sincerely. Maureen

Sunday, July 21, 2002

Dear Jay, Patricia Lynn, Cristy Ramirez and Dona Pearson are my favorite poets on your site.I find their poetry to be very expressive and imaginative - and often filled with pearls of insight and wisdom. These are 3 very talented women whose work I appreciate very much. Kristen

Sunday, July 21, 2002

Jay, First of all, I would like to say that I think your site is an excellent poetry site filled with so much really fine work. One is so inspired by the beautiful "atmosphere" which envelopes you while visiting. Next I would like to tell you how much I truly enjoy reading the poems of some of your poets. John R. Yaws is extremely talented and while I loved his Traveler's Tales (I read all of them), his other work on your site is superb as well. Belinda Bennett-Hartmann's words speak directly from her heart and what could be more poetic than that? Durlabh Singh is a first class poet - his unique images and classic style give his words a durable texture. Cristy Ramirez is soulful and earthy. It's a pity Tom Martin's one poem has stood alone for over two years on your site. "Wonderful Dream" is a beautiful and well-written poem. I would honestly like to read more of his work...
And your poetry goes beyond the charts in imagination, quality, expression, and imagery. Your style is passionate and candid. You are very talented. You strip your heart and soul bare for your readers. That is very admirable. I like your very recent work ("Anonymous" "Lone Wolf" and "From Forever") but feel you have so many really excellent poems in your other categories as well ("Poet Noir" and "Aged" to name just two from your "current" treasury). You amaze readers with some of your early poems (written when you were very young) because you demonstrate a competence beyond your years with "Fork in the Road" and "The Vikings" to start. "Shadows" and "A Thousand Dreams" depict such depth and soulful passion. Wonderful work!
I will definitely visit your website again. Thanks, J.S.

Monday, July 22, 2002

Poetheart, "Anonymous" is an outstanding poem. From the first to the last line, I was captivated. You are indeed a very talented poet. P.L.

Wednesday, July 24, 2002

Dear Webmaster, I am requesting permission to use two poems from your website ("The Mime in the Kitchen" and "The Vikings") for my course on Creativity as Therapy and Healing. Could the two poets responsible for these poems be contacted so that I might secure their permission for use of their use? Please respond by e-mail for further contact information. John W. Mason

Wednesday, July 24, 2002

Dear Jay, I loved Dona Lou Pearson's "I am the sparrow..." and think it's one of her best poems - although so many of this woman's poems are so good, it's difficult to have less than a few favorites. I read her interview again and since it was so long ago, I think readers like me need an update and would like to see you interview her again. I would just love to hear her talk more about her many poems on your site. Poets of this caliber don't come along often and you're very lucky to have her association. Trish

Thursday, July 25, 2002

Your recent work lives up to any expectations your readers could have. Your thought processes and your expression are really a gift. With every new poem you secure your place as a fine contemporary poet - but I am sure you already know that. G.V.

Thursday, July 25, 2002

Jay, I am looking forward to your interview with Paul Papasavas. When will we be able to read it? I've read all of his poems on your site and think he was a perfect choice for an interview. I will continue to look for this feature. Jon, PA

Thursday, July 25, 2002

Dear Jay, Because of a letter I read today in your visitor response, I found and read "The Vikings" and "The Mime in the Kitchen" to see what they were about. "The Mime in the Kitchen" was really good and made me think about such a situation. "The Vikings" was a masterpiece with so much to say about breaking the vicious circles which often occur in families. It literally sent chills all over me reading it. Thank you for having those visitor responses as I find out about many things I didn't know about includiung poems I missed or which I didn't understand the first time I read them. Ira

Friday, July 26, 2002

Jay, "From Forever" makes me realize how there are many ways to look at an experience. Rather than looking back at the one who told you they loved you so deeply and calling them a liar when it didn't work out, or being bitter about something that didn't work out, you chose to depict the situation as loving and tender. Are you really like this? Or is it just the rhetoric of your poetry? I love this poem. Janice

Friday, July 26, 2002

I just read your new poet Laryalee Fraser and think her two poems are wonderful. I would like to read more of her poems so I hope you have every intention of publishing more than just these two poems. Jake, Boulder, CO

Saturday, July 27, 2002

I love your latest poem, "From Forever," Jay, especially the way that the title is worded, with the use of "from," as if "forever" is a place that we can go. So many of us can relate to those feelings, the wistfulness of remembering a love from the past. You are such a romantic person, my friend. Do we ever stop loving someone we have loved? I don't think so, no. We just sometimes have to move on. Dona

Saturday, July 27, 2002

Poetheart, Your poetry is very revealing of the poet who writes it. Your poem "From Forever" wreaks of a guy who regrets that he didn't appreciate what he had until it was gone or who didn't reciprocate love he was shown - even to the point of not replying to love expressed except in retrospect. While others simply read our words, I read between the lines. You can candy coat with pretty words, but some of us can guess how you really are. <SLAP!> Diane, CT

Saturday, July 27, 2002

Dear Jay, Cristy Ramirez is a wonderful poet. Her work is so passionate and real. I always enjoy reading her poetry so much. I always look forward to when you post new poems by Cristy and my recent visit to your site was certainly no disappointment at all. T.S.

Sunday, July 28, 2002

Dearest Jay,
Hello again. I hope you and your family are all doing well. I'm just writing to say thank you for posting my poems. Its always a good feeling, as I know how much work you have...with other poets, their pages, not to mention keeping up with your own poetry and the "visitor response" section that we all enjoy so much. I'd also like to say thank you to those that have written such kind comments about my work. Their comments are appreciated. Thanks also for access to the "restricted" part of your site. I've read the poems there, and they are passionate and written well. I read your poem "Anonymous" and had to re-read it. I loved it from the very beginning, to the last line. You truly do have a way with words, and I think that you give us all something to aspire to. I look forward to reading more of your work, as well as the interview with Paul. I also wanted to write you about Jason Visconti's poem "Desperation". I love the line "because I struggle by needlepoint to sew back stitch by stitch the insides of my heart." It is a very passionate poem, thanks for posting it. It was such a nice suprise to see that he is contributing more of his work to your site. I'm very glad to be a part of your site, and I like to think that you and I have a very special friendship. I am grateful for your kind words, and your time. Take care, Jay. Hope to hear from you soon. I'm also enclosing a poem I wrote when I was 19 called "My Soldier." I wrote it at a time when uncertainty was very present in my life and I hope you like it.
Sincerely, Cristy

Monday, July 29, 2002

Poetheart, Your new poems "Anonymous" and "Joy" are wonderful. Your way of expressing things goes beyond my own description. If I could justly express your way of writing I would be as good with expression as you are! Diana

Tuesday, July 30, 2002

Dearest Jay, I love Cristy's new poem "Breakdown." I also like "My Soldier" which I was totally able to relate to it although perhaps on a different level. Her poems have a universality about them which is so appealing. She captures the essence of certain feelings or thoughts in her poetry. She is very talented. Thanks for having her work on your site and for obviously having a good relationship and mutual respect with your poets which keeps your site excellent. Ria

Thursday, August 1, 2002

Jay, Your poet Jason Visconti's new poem "Relic" is great. It's simplicity and message are impressive. This poet is one of the better ones on your site. I would like to read more of his work. Dave

Saturday, August 3, 2002

Poet, Your poetry is some of the most amazing I have ever read. What you manage with words is truly astounding. Of your very recent work my favorites are "Hoping Hell Freezes Over" and "Lone Wolf." I also like "Your Parlour" which is a very passionate and enchanting poem. You're an extraordinary poet. I admire your work. Sam in Conn.

Monday, August 5, 2002

Jay, Very impressed with your work. Just to name a few poems "Anonymous" "From Forever" and "Joy" are great. I like your passionate style and your often unique way of seeing things (which you always manage to make your reader see too). I intend to read all of your poems in your chronology. Thanks, buddy. Ken

Monday, August 5, 2002

Jay, I've been visiting your site for over a year now and can't tell you how much I have enjoyed each and every visit to it. You are always addding new things - new poets, new poems by current poets, your own new poems. Your site is always so alive and brimming with great new work. Your labor of love maintaining this wonderful poetry place is so appreciated by those who visit. Your committment to poetry is obvious, your dedication to your site is commendable, and your own writing efforts while identifying (and promoting) talent other than your own is truly extraordinary. Please don't ever stop being the way you are. J.F.

Tuesday, August 6, 2002

Dear Jay, Where is the interview with Paul Papasavas? I can't seem to find it in your interview section - is the current interview someplace other than that section? Thanks, Valerie

Wednesday, August 7, 2002

Jay, I have been reading Christy's poems this morning and have found them to be beautiful, touching poems that say things in a rather unique way, she uses clear expression and does rhyming poetry well, too. I do like her sentiments and find her words to be rather lyrical in several poems. The more I read her collection, the more I like it. My compliments to Christy for sharing her poetry, some of which appears to have been painful to write. Happy August, Poetheart. Patty Lynn

Thursday, August 8, 2002

Dear Poetheart, You're lucky to have so many good poets on your website - especially since so much of your own poetry really sucks. Without those other poets you wouldn't need a counter on your page. Dan

Thursday, August 8, 2002

Dear Jay, I was going through your website again and I realized that even after all the many visits, I have only seen a fraction of the poems there. My God! There is so much. Your site is huge. Tonight I discovered your "essay" section and enjoyed what I read there. I liked "Nostalgia" very much. In your user submissions, I've always read the obvious and more popular poets of your site - Patricia, Paul, Cristy, Matt and the others. But I found some wonderful poems by a few poets who only have one or two poems on your site and who don't have their pages there. Sarah Murphy's poem "An Un-Won War" was a great statement from a 16 year old girl. She is very talented if I can base an opinion on this one poem. I noticed that it was posted in August 2000 and there is not another one of Sarah's poems posted on your site. Is there a reason for it? Is it the only acceptable poem she submitted?  I also liked "Wonderful Dream" by Tom Martin and found it to be well written expression. He makes using rhyme seem so easy. I thought that "Blue Eyes" by Lucien Tuema was quite beautiful and passionately written. What a tribute to you and your website that the poet maintains he was inspired to write it after visiting your website! Your site is magical, Jay. Keep it going. Dee

Friday, August 9, 2002

Dearest Jay, I have not seen your site for a very long time, IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL! You have done a wonderful job and have the best poets. Sincerely, Judi Ford (Designerblu)

Friday, August 9, 2002

Jay, I am writing to tell you how much I enjoy reading your poems. You have a very generous amount of poetry on your site and I have read almost everything. You have brought tears to my eyes so many times with the imagination and beautiful words of your talented expression. Thank you from my heart. Connie

Saturday, August 10, 2002

Dear Jay, My two favorite poets on your site are still you and Dona Lou Pearson. While you have so many talented and wonderful poets on your site, no poets touch my heart as much as the two of you. Dona's poetry is some of the most beautiful I have ever read and your words leave me speechless. I am so in awe of both of you - for your talent, for your masterful use of language to caress a heart or touch a soul or uplift a spirit.God Bless both of you. You have touched so many. Sincerely, Janet

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Sunday, August 11, 2002

Dear Readers,
It is with very deep regret and genuine sadness that I inform you of the passing on of Dona Lou Pearson. Our beloved Dona Lou passed away this
morning of a sudden heart attack. Even as I am writing this, it seems so unreal. I am totally devastated by this loss. My association with Dona Lou over the past three years has enriched me more than I can tell you. We talked and e-mailed often and we spoke on the phone a few times. She was a genuine friend whose face I never got to see in person (she lived in Arkansas and I live in NJ).
Dona's beautiful poetry touched so many hearts - including my own. In her I found a counterpart in poetry - someone whose love of writing poetry equalled my own. Her talent and ability were truly unquestionably awesome. My dear friend was such an inspiration to me. Her place in my life, on this site and in my heart will always remain intact. My grief will subside but I will always feel the loss.
Over the past few years, over 80 of Dona Lou's poems have been posted on my site. More of her poetry is in her poetheart.com queue. Her daughter Carla has much more. How fortunate we all are to have had Dona Lou in our lives and that we have her words which speak to us still. Her poetry lives in my "friends" section as well as in "
work I admire" section.
Vechnaya Pamyat!

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Sunday, August 11, 2002

Dearest Jay, I am totally shocked and sad by the news about Dona Lou. She was such a beautiful lady who graced your site with such humility about her talent, while her wonderful poetry touched so many people. What a shame and what a loss. I am so very sorry. My sincerest sympathy to Dona's family and also to poetheart.com on the passing of such a wonderful and talented poet. Trish

Sunday, August 11, 2002

Dear Poetheart, I don't know what to say to you except I am very sorry about the loss of your friend. We all know what your friend Dona Lou Pearson meant to you and to your site. Always obvious was your genuine mutual respect for each other and reciprocal admiration for each other's talent and work. Your partnership in poetry with your friend Dona was something I always admired. Sincerely, Maria

Sunday, August 11, 2002

Dear Jay, You know I always read your visitor responses and just minutes ago I got chills up my spine, reading that Dona Lou has passed away. I am so sad for you, her family and her fan club. She was a wonderful writer and I visited her site many times and I wrote to her a few times, also. She wrote back to me, a very nice letter, talking about her poetry, quite modestly, and about how darling you are. Even though I have never met or spoken to either of you, I feel a special affinity with you both. I will miss seeing new poems from Dona Lou. Many thanks for posting this sad message. She will not be forgotten, nor will your kindness towards her, seen at the top of every poem posted.
With a prayer in my heart for the new angel in heaven,
And very sadly whispered "Good-bye" to Dona Lou,
Patty Lynn

Sunday, August 11, 2002

I am sooooooo sorry... I don't know what to say. I guess nothing I could say would be comforting right now. If I can do anything to help, just let me know. I just can't believe it... Matt Ward

Monday, August 12, 2002

Sorry to hear about your loss. Jason Visconti

Monday, August 12, 2002

Dona Lou Pearson was a magnificent poet who touched so many of us with her words which still ring in our ears. So many of the things she wrote come to mind, but none more haunting than the poem you have known all along to be a great poem - "Good-bye" which I read again after reading your notice of her death. I cried reading the news of Dona Lou's death and then cried again reading that poem. As you know, Dona Lou was one of my favorite poets on your site. Kristen

Monday, August 12, 2002

Dear Jay, Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your dear poet friend Dona Lou Pearson. Also please extend my sympathy to her family as well. I wish there was something more I could say to ease the pain you must feel about this loss. Reading the comments from the other poets moved me so much. Sincerely, Alycia

Monday, August 12, 2002

Jay, You are in my prayers as well as us all in the passing of Dona. Charlie Burrell

Monday, August 12, 2002

Dearest Jay, I am so very sorry to hear of Dona Lou's passing. I was shocked, and in disbelief as I read it. She was such an awesome writer, her poetry honest and open. She wrote from her heart, and had such a beautiful, unique way of spinning words. She will be greatly missed. It was obvious that you two shared such a special friendship and I can only imagine what a loss you feel. I can only offer you my words, and sincere condolences, Jay. You will be in my prayers, as well as Dona Lou, her family and her friends. I am grateful that so much of her work is posted...and that her words will carry on. With love and prayers for comfort, Cristy Ramirez

Monday, August 12, 2002

The poetry of Dona Pearson on your site is so much more profound now that she has passed away. Another of her poems is found on her website....which has a queer sense of irony due to the place where she died. She will be dearly missed by her family, students, coworkers and friends. Her woman heart soared in spite of lifes distractions.
She is missed. Donna

Tuesday, August 13, 2002

Dear Poetheart, The death of Dona Lou Pearson saddens everyone who has visited poetheart.com. She was truly an icon of your beautiful site and her poetry may have been more widely read than she ever knew. She was a true poet in every sense of the word and an inspiration to all of us. I only wish I had known her as a person - but then maybe I did through her poems. What a shame that she left us so soon. What a pity for all the words that she will never write. What a blessing for all the words she did write."Good-bye" Dona. Sincerely, Louisa

Tuesday, August 13, 2002

Dear Jay, I am so sorry...as I visited her site I cried as I saw the pictures of her wonderful family....how hard it must be for them to cope with her loss. I've been reading her work again...for some reason, "Cheshire Moon" keeps pulling me back...Dona Lou's spirit has joined the song of the stars...Time will ease the pain, but never heal it. Her words remain, to inspire us...Laryalee Fraser

Tuesday, August 13, 2002

Dear Jay, I'm sorry to hear about your good friend Dona Lou Pearson. It seems that even though your friendship was only through the computer and telephone that you two were two of a kind. I know your pain, and I can only wish you the best as you begin to heal. Keep your head up, and cherish the good things Dona Lou gave to us all. Her words, her feelings, and her emotions. You know, being a young poet, or maybe it is just the way I am myself, but I often get jealous at other people because of their writing. I write to be the best and when I read something that I think is better I don't take in the full meaning of the poem because I want my writing to be just as good. Dona Lou always did this to me. I've always thought her poems were better and I was jealous. So I often used the excuse, "That's because she is an english teacher." Well, I've realized that jealousy gets us nowhere in life, and that it wasn't just because she was an english teacher...Dona Lou was a better poet than me, and she will be forever missed. Although her words and emotions are like never-ending echoes, there will never be the red writing that says (New) next to her poem titles, and that makes us all grieve in sorrow. At least I'm sorry that I never got to tell Dona Lou that she was a great poet and that even though she may not of been published or noticed by anyone big, that she had all the fans she needed here on poetheart.com. Dona Lou was the "First Lady" of the site we all have grown to love. She is definitly the "Most Popular Lady". Dona Lou once said in her poem "Death is a wall...", "Death is a wall I can't climb over." She is absolutely right, however, I don't think Dona Lou knew how many walls she helped others climb over with her words. Dona Lou also said, "What is my life? What does it mean?". Well Dona, take a look at your poetry page, and the response page and you'll find an answer. You are the ever-lasting light of poetheart.com. God bless all who knew Dona Lou, even if you knew her like I did, just through her poems. With deep regards, Dave Parzanese~ E.E.

Wednesday, August 14, 2002

Dear Jay, I am aware of Dona and your long friendship. Please accept my condolences, and extend them to her family. The world has lost a fine poet and person. Sincerely, John Yaws

Wednesday, August 14, 2002

Dear Jay, I have been visiting poetheart.com for about a year and a half - each visit delighting myself with your poems and those of your friend Dona Lou Pearson. When I came to your site yesterday, I noticed Dona's name and also the birth and death years at the header of your poetry page. I was so shocked and started to cry. I just can't believe that she is gone. When I read your notice in the visitor responses, I felt so sad for you, knowing how difficult it must have been for you to post that. Then I was incredibly moved by all the poets (her associates on your site) who wrote things to honor her. I was filled with emotion reading what they had to say. All the poets in your site whose poetry I'
ve read, have expressed their thoughts and feelings. This is such a tribute to your friend Dona, who touched more people with her poetry than she probably ever imagined. My sincerest sympathy to Dona's family and to you and the other poets on your site. Sincerely, Josephine Montinelli

Wednesday, August 14, 2002

Hi Jay, I am so sorry to hear about Dona. If there is anything that I can to help you through this, please call me or email and I will be there in a second. I will keep Dona's family and friends in my thoughts and prayers. Sorry for your loss, Ilona

Wednesday, August 14, 2002

Jay, Thank you for passing this sad news on to me. Dona and I, through you as the initial intermediary, had alot of e-mail correspondence last year, and now and then more recently. This was very sad to hear. Karl

Thursday, August 15, 2002

When we spoke on the phone and you told me that Dona Lou passed away, I had to pause for a few seconds and collect my thoughts. As with most people, I felt a sudden shock and sorrow...but as the days went on, I realized that we have been fortunate to have this gifted and talented writer among us, sharing her work selflessly. My memories of Dona Lou will be positive ones, in that she impacted all of us through her creative and thoughtful writing. And as she has left us, her memories will always be here. And if I may quote her poem "Goodbye" -
"When the rain fell down like tears
Then I whispered "Good-bye" in the silence
Across miles and long-lost years"
Paul Papasavas

Thursday, August 15, 2002

Dearest Jay, I cannot tell you how shocked I was to read the news about Dona Lou. In fact, I came to your site last night to check and see if either you or her had added anything new. My heart sank as I read her name on your poetry page. I am sure this is a very difficult time for both her family and for you. My deepest and heartfelt regards to all for the loss we will all feel. The world has lost a talented and delightful poet. We may wonder "What happened to Emma Lazarus?" but we will never wonder what happened to Dona Lou Pearson - she touched us all with her beautiful and often profound poems and lives on inside of us unti lthe end of our days. Sincerely, Celia Brice

Thursday, August 15, 2002

Dearest Jay, I am so saddened by the loss of Dona Lou Pearson. I would always come to your website and read her poems (and yours). Last year I wrote to her about a poem she had recently submitted ("Two Ships") and she was so gracious and responded such a lovely note back to me. What a nice woman and talented poet she was! Tonight that same poem I wrote to her about haunts me. One poem that will always remind me of Dona Lou Pearson is one of her earliest on your site, "Good-bye" which has to be one of her best poems and one which sends chills up my spine ever since I heard of her passing on. When I read Dave Parzanese's comments about Dona Lou, I cried. Then I just had to read her poem "Death is a wall..." after his mentioning it. You were prophetic when you said the poem will become another "Dona Lou classic." Please accept my sincere sympathy and extend my condolences to her family from all of us who loved Dona's work. Josephine Paola, New York

Thursday, August 15, 2002

Jay, I read all the postings in your visitor response, and was moved by all of the poets from your site who wrote to express the loss of Dona Lou Pearson. It's like a family of poets on poetheart.com - a homogenous blend of poetic personalities. How truly lovely! God bless the poets of your site for their sincerity and tenderness toward the loss of one of their own. Take care, Janet

Friday, August 16, 2002

Dear Poet, I just read "Our Eclipse" on Patricia Lynn's page and thought it was a wonderful poem. I have read most of her work and enjoy it tremendously. I also like Paul Papasavas's work. By the way, when will you be posting your interview with him? C.R., Ohio

Saturday, August 17, 2002

Dear Jay, Dona Lou touched so many people with her poetry - she seemed to write from her heart and you seemed to be such a good friend and encourager. You two were like a pair - two of a kind. The "masters" who made loving poetry so contagious and whose talents seemed so effortless. Dona Lou will be missed on your site, but you will keep her memory alive, I am sure. Take care, Yolanda

Sunday, August 18, 2002

Dearest Jay, Hello there. How are you these days? I do hope you're doing better, and perhaps finding a little more strength and comfort each day. Everytime I visit poetheart.com it seems unreal that Dona Lou is actually gone. I know what you mean when you say that your grief will subside, but you will always feel the loss. Its always like that when we lose someone we love so dearly. I wrote this poem "The Poet's Heart" and thought you may like to read it. I like to think it was inspired by the work of Dona Lou, and of course...you. Take care, and I hope to hear from you soon. Sincerely, Cristy

Monday, August 19, 2002

Dear Jay, I have always loved Dona Lou Pearson's poetry. I was shocked and very sad finding out that she suddenly passed away. She wrote magnificent poetry and reading them again tonight, I was moved by them all over again. She knew how to touch others with her words. I know that she will be missed by all who visit your website, since she was so much a part of it. Jay, all of your poets seem to have their place on your site. You've done a great job of selecting your poets for the site. I also like Patricia Lynn's work a lot and sometimes she reminds me of Dona Lou. I have been looking forward to your interview with Paul Papasavas as I have been reading his poems and like his work very much since he gives a great deal of thought into what he writes. Jason Visconti and Dave Parzanese show great promise as poets. Cristy Ramirez is in a class by herself with her passionate and expressive poems. Thanks for having a real nice site for everyone to enjoy. T.S.

Tuesday, August 20, 2002

Poetheart, I am deeply moved by the way you handled the death of Dona Lou Pearson. I know you must be hurt by the loss but your site reflected such good taste in commemorating her. The letters you posted were beautiful (that one from Dave Parzanese made me cry). I have also read "A Poet's Heart" and "About Dona Lou" and thought they were wonderful tributes to her written by two poets whose work I enjoy anyway. You and all of the poetheart.com poets really are the best. It's great to visit such a warm site filled with real people. Marla

Thursday, August 22, 2002

Cristy Ramirez wrote a beautiful poem dedicated to Dona Lou Pearson, you and the other poets of your site. She is truly a wonderful poet with a great mind. I have always enjoyed reading the poems of this talented young poet but as time goes by, her talent becomes more and more obvious. Thank you for presenting her work on your website. L.K.

Friday, August 23, 2002

dear poetheart, i loved "a lady dove" by patricia lynn. i also noticed dona lou's references to flight in her poetry. how perceptive patricia was to think of this and the idea of portraying flight was an excellent idea. it's a great poem and a beautiful remembrance of dona lou's poetry. she would have been complimented by this poem. gerri

Saturday, August 24, 2002

Jay, I just noticed a few poets on your site whose work I missed reading before - Laryalee Fraser, Brad Morin and Robert Hensel. I read their poems and think all three of them are promising contemporary poets. You have so many wonderful poets tucked away on your site. Thank you sincerely. Denise

Sunday, August 25, 2002

Dear Jay, Eve Hall used to have a poetry page on your website in the user submissions section but now I can't find it. Has her page been moved to another section? I checked everywhere and could not find her. I was on her page just a few weeks ago. Thanks, Rolanda

Sunday, August 25, 2002

Poet, I have read all of the poems written by Paul Papasavas and look forward to reading his interview. Paul puts a great deal of thought into his writing and doesn't try to be cryptic or mysterious as some poets seem bent on being. I particularly enjoyed reading "A talk with my heart" "Letting Go" earlier and (more recently) "Dormant Colloquy" and "Apprentice." Also, I was very moved by what he wrote about the passing on of your friend Dona Lou Pearson. I'm wondering if he will write anything inspired by her as some of your other poets have done. (I enjoyed the new poems by Cristy, Patricia and Richard which were so lovingly written about your beloved poet friend). J.G.

Sunday, August 25, 2002

Dearest Jay, I was on your site today and could not help but wonder how you are faring since the loss of Dona Lou Pearson, who was so much a part of your site. It's very hard to tell from your site how you are doing with what must surely be a devastating loss for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Yolanda

Monday, August 26, 2002

Jay, Your website is so beautiful! What a place! I've book marked it so that I can visit again and again - I don't know how many times I will need to come back to read everything. This was my very first vist to your site and so far I read a few of your poems and a few of the poems written by the poet who recently passed on. (I am so sorry to hear you have suffered such a loss). Thanks for having such a magnificent place to read original poetry. Take care, Marlene B.

Tuesday, August 27, 2002

Dear Jay, Jason Visconti's poems are really good. I found his poem "A Vision of My Mother" very touching. (There is just something about a man paying tribute to his mother which is so beautiful to me). In particular the last two lines of the poem filled me up and moved me almost to tears "we were a son and a mother, sharing a tear forever from a botomless well" - Oh my God! How incredibly beautiful! His poem "Dead End" is pure and simple and amazes me in the way Jason speaks more than his actual words in it. This is a great poem. I am glad to see that you are publishing more of Jason's poems on your site now. I look forward to reading more of them in the future. Sincerely, Caitlyn

Wednesday, August 28, 2002

Poetheart, A few days ago I read a letter in your visitor response about the location of Eve Hall's poetry. I was also wondering where her page had gone and, after searching your site, I realize that you have removed them. I never saw you remove anyone's work before. Are the reasons for her banishment from your site personal or can you share? I'm curious as to what happened to her now. F.S., Ohio

Wednesday, August 28, 2002

Dear Poetheart, "Dormant Culloquy" by Paul Papsavas is probably his best poem since "Letting Go" and "Afloat." I like Paul's work except that sometimes his writing seems more of an essay than a poem.His ideas are wonderful and he is an articulate man who writes with an honest heart, but he is not always as "poetic" as in the those three poems I mentioned. He has many more poems on your site than most other poets (except for Dona Lou Pearson and Patricia Lynn, I believe) but I am wondering if you used accurate judgement in your selections or have done him a disservice by posting all these "poems" on your site. Jenny

Thursday, August 29, 2002

Jay, I take it Paul Papasavas will now be the September featured poet on your site? He is listed as the August, 2002 featured poet but I have not seen the interview with only 2 days left in the month! I am really looking forward to your interview with him. Thanks, J.M.

Friday, August 30, 2002

Patricia Lynn has reminded me of your friend Dona Lou Pearson ever since I first read her poetry. This observation is not to draw a comparison as to minimize the talent or ability of either poet. Both are original and talented in their own right and both have graced your site with wonderful poems. Patricia just reminds me of Dona Lou in someways. Now I read her new poem "A Lady Dove" inspired by the poems of Dona Lou! Exactly something Dona Lou would do! I was very much impressed by Patricia writing this beautiful and perceptive (because it's true that Dona Lou referred to flight many times in her work) poem - and it's a very good poem too. I'm so glad that you have poets like Patricia on your website. True poets whose soul is recognizable in many ways.

Saturday, August 31, 2002

I enjoy your site, been here several times, nice work. Jerseybo

Saturday, August 31, 2002

Poet, Your site is very unique. So many things to read. I thoroughly enjoy visiting it. A friend recommended it to me - and the music is GREAT too! Thanks for having it. JT

Sunday, September 1, 2002

Jay, I just read Paul Papasavas's letter about the passing on of Dona Pearson. I was very moved by it. Paul's quoting Dona's poem "Good-Bye" really got to me. Could she have ever known how her own poetry would be quoted of her by her "family of poets" on your website? Could she have ever imagined, no matter how many times she was told via the site she was so much a part of and which she obviously loved, how many lives her words touched? Do you think she really knew how admired she was by those whose work she admired? With all the many poems you have on her page on your site, I hope she has left behind many more than that for the world to enjoy. I don't know how many will be enough to sustain us as she would have. She never seemed like a woman who craved notoriety or fame, although she was certainly well known to (and likely remembered by) everyone who ever visited your site. No one ever visited poetheart.com without reading a poem by Dona Pearson. We will all remember her. Diana

Sunday, September 1, 2002

Jay, I just read Patricia Lynn's new poems - "A Lady Dove" and "A Garden of Weeds." She is such an amazing poet. I thought "A Lady Dove" was a beautiful poem about Dona Lou Pearson. I went back and read some of Dona Lou's poems again and it's true that she referred to flight often. Patricia is very observant. I truly love the poem. "A Garden of Weeds" is a simple but powerful poem. It saddened me because that last line ("Alive but without") and even its title both well describes my current relationship with my boyfriend of the past 5 years. This poem really hit home for me in my interpretation of it. Patricia's poetry is really wonderful. Please thank her for me. L.D.

Monday, September 2, 2002

Dear Poetheart, The poems of Paul Papasavas are good. I enjoyed his recent additions. Looking forward to reading his interview. This poet puts a lot of thought into his poems and expresses himself well so his interview should be very interesting. Jason

Monday, September 2, 2002

Jay, I went to your friends section to read some of Dona Lou Pearson's poetry and decided to check out the other poetry in that section of your site, which I had never done before. As I read down the list and quite by accident, I discovered a poem called "Weeping" by Jude. When I opened the page I discovered it was a poem written about Dona's death by her sister! How touching! It broke my heart as I read it and I cried for Jude as much as the loss of Dona, which I still cannot get over. Through her poetry I felt as though I knew Dona. Reading Jude's lovely poem I realized that the grief of her family and friends must be a hundredfold mine. I only felt her heart and soul through her words while they actually knew her heart and soul. Please tell Jude I loved her poem about her sister. Thanks, Lana

Tuesday, September 3, 2002

Jay, I am writing again to ask if your interview with Paul Papasavas will be Spetember's feature. I am sorry to keep writing but this interview has moved from July to August and now to September. Thanks, J.M.

Wednesday, September 4, 2002

Dear Poetheart, I enjoy reading the poems of Pat Lynn. I am never disappointed coming to your site and reading her poems. She's a good one. Debra

Wednesday, September 4, 2002

Jay, Very sorry to hear about Dona Pearson. I have always enjoyed her poetry and thought she was a beautiful and talented poet. I realized long ago that she was a very dear friend of yours so I know her passing must truly hurt you - you lost a friend as well as a major contributer to your site. Everyone who visits your site will share your loss. JoZie

Thursday, September 5, 2002

Poetheart, Finally the interview! Just got done reading it and think it's great. Paul Papasavas was a great choice to be your featured poet. You did a nice job asking and he did a great job answering. I like his poetic style and the way he conducted himself during the interview. He seemed very at ease talking about his poetry. He's a passionate poet and a candid man as well. I have no question to ask as you seemed to cover what I wanted to know. Thanks, Vicky

Friday, September 6, 2002

Poet, Patricia Lynn's Garden of Weeds was very good. It says so much more than the 10 lines she wrote. It amazes me when a poet can do that (Emily Dickinson was great at it also). Some poets mistake write "epic" poems and still fail at getting their point across. The talented poet knows what to say and what to imply and is economic with words. Patricia is on
e of these poets. I don't understand what your reluctance was to print this poem. Margaret

Friday, September 6, 2002

Your interview with Paul Papasavas is good. Nice feature, Poetheart. Paul's work is interesting and after reading this interview, I went back and read his poems again with the "insight" into them I got from his interview. It added another "dimension" to my enjoying them. Thanks. Joe

Saturday, September 7, 2002

Dear Jay, I enjoyed Paul Papasavas's interview. This is a great feature on your site. I'd to make a recommendation to you though...If it weren't for reading comments in the visitor response, I wouldn't have known about Paul's interview. Maybe it would be a good idea for you to somehow put a notice on the poetry page announcing a new interview. It's not like you always have a new one. It's been a year since your last one and some people (like me!) just figured there wasn't a new one. Just a suggestion. G.S., Pittsburgh, PA

Saturday, September 7, 2002

Jay, I'm glad to see you that revived the featured poet interview. I read all the interviews and enjoyed your new one with Paul Papasavas. It was interesting. Hope you will continue these interviews with the poets on your site. Dee

Sunday, September 8, 2002

Dear Jay, I really enjoyed your interview with Paul Papasavas. He's really a good poet and I have read all his work on your site. I like his ideas and the way he expresses himself but with he was more "poetic" sometimes. Reading his interview made me go back and read his work again with the insight I got from his talking about it and your questions about it. I like the idea of the poet interview and would like to see you do more of them. I know it's probably a lot of work but it really is interesting and helps readers understand the poet's work better. Thank you. J.M.

Tuesday, September 10, 2002

Dear Poetheart, I loved Patricia Lynn's "Garden of Weeds" and Jude's poem about grieving for her sister, the much loved poet Dona Pearson. Your site is so real. I love it. Marlene

Wednesday, September 11, 2002

Jay, I was just reading the two poems by Charles Okle, Jr. It was very moving that this poet was one of the last new friends Dona Pearson made online and that you should connected with him and put his work on your site. His poems are very nice. "Summer Day" has some real nice images. I hope to see more of his work on your site soon. Ginnie

Wednesday, September 11, 2002

Patricia Lynn's poems are wonderful - what a poet she is! Her recent poems "Lady Dove" and "A Garden of Weeds" are beautiful and demonstrate her talent. I have read all of her poems on your site and feel that Patricia has evolved as a poet since she first appeared on your site earlier this year. I would like to see you interview her! J.T.

Wednesday, September 11, 2002

Dear Jay, I enjoyed the interview with Paul Papasavas. He is interesting and humorous and seems so into whatever he does. His poetry is hot. Too bad you don't have a centerfold to go with the featured poet! Alexis

Thursday, September 12, 2002

Dearest Jay, The interview with the featured poet Paul Papasavas was very good. I have read all the interviews and I must say this is one of my favorites. Paul seems so relaxed and candid in talking about his poetry. There also seemed to be a chemistry between the two of you which made the interview really work. I have also read all of Paul's poems since he first appeared on your site. I see that he continues to add new poetry regularly, which is great. Not all of the poets on your site are regular contributors, which is disappointing sometimes. But poets like Dona Lou Pearson, Pat Lynn, Paul Papasavas and Cristy Ramirez are always adding new poetry to their pages on your site.
I have also noticed that some poets have stopped adding new work to your site - Richard Amoroso, Charles Burrell, Matthew Ward, John Yaws and Maieh were all interviewed poets who no longer add new work! (Eve Hall vanished from your site without a trace as well as one of two other poets). Dona Lou Pearson was the only featured poet who continued to be an important part of your site until her death last month. I hope that Paul (who has added a number of poems during this past month while he is featured) will follow suit with Dona Lou and will continue adding his work to your site.
I can't tell you how much I really enjoy visiting www.poetheart.com or how much I like your poetry and the poetry of all the poets you have gathered together there. The site is well kept and updated regularly. The material is tasteful and of high quality. Thank you for having such a nice poetry site, Jay. You seem genuinely committed to it and I hope that you continue to be for a long time. Sincerely, Alicia B.

Friday, September 13, 2002

Dearest Jay, Hello there. I hope you're doing well. I was excited to finally read the interview with Paul. It was interesting, just like I knew it would be. I admired the way he answered your questions, going into depth and being so open and candid. I get a sense of openess reading all his answers (especially the ones in the Q&A section). His sense of humor is also evident in some of his replies. He seems like a genuine person. He was a smart choice for an interview, and the wait was well worth it. You both did such a great job. Of all his work, I'd have to say that "A Talk With My Heart" is still my favorite, and I completely understand why he chose it as one of his featured poems. It is beautiful, and written from the heart. I don't have anything to ask Paul, you covered all the things I myself would have asked. Congratulations to you, and to Paul for completing a wonderful, interesting interview.
I also read Patty Lynn's poem "Garden of Weeds". I liked it, a lot. It's simplicity spoke more than the actual amount of words. I am also enclosing a series of four poems. If you find any that you'd like to post, please do. Take care of yourself Jay, and thanks again for all your effort and time. Hope to hear from you soon... With Love, Cristy

Saturday, September 14, 2002

Jay, I liked seeing what transpired between you and Paul and enjoyed seeing the fun conversation you had with each other. It's nice to see that you both have a sense of humor as well as poetic notions! Readers are truly missing out if they haven't gone to Paul's website and seen and heard him!! Patty

Saturday, September 14, 2002

Jay, I just read some of the Traveler's Tales by John R. Yaws. They are GREAT! You have quite a few of these on his special page and notice you have accumulated them over a period of time. So, how many of these tales are there? I am interested in this poet will read your interview John sometime today. It says a lot about your site and you to have such a talented poet's work on your website. Bill

Sunday, September 15, 2002

Jay, I read the new poem by Cristy Ramirez which she wrote a few days after Dona Lou Pearson passed away and thought it was so beautiful. I am impressed by the reverence you and your poets demonstrated last month. Not only are you and your poets talented and creative, but you are also truly and genuinely compassionate. I have never seen another poetry site as moving as yours. Intriguing. J.D.

Sunday, September 15, 2002

Poetheart, The poetry of Eunice Irwin is excellent. I love her work. I also see that she has not added anything new in a long time. I would love to read more of her poems. Hallie

Sunday, September 15, 2002

Dear Jay, I just finished reading the poems of Charles Okle. They are simply beautiful and surely touch my heart as I find them romantic; referring to a special someone, enjoyment of nature and the rhyming meter aspect is always a big seller for me! I look forward to seeing more poems on his page.
I can see why he and Dona Lou had mutual admiration. Thanks Charles! Patty Lynn
PS - I note that his poems have a Copyright symbol, is that his preference or yours?

Tuesday, September 17, 2002

Poetheart, Your poem "Anonymous" is great. What a mind you have and what talent to be able to express yourself in such a profound way! Your poetry is passionate and the images and ideas you implant in the minds of your readers is almost unbelievable. Excellent work! F.R.

Wednesday, September 18, 2002

Dear Jay, The interview with Paul was just great. He is very interesting and I admire his openness in talking about his poetry and himself. I know it is probably a lot of hard work for you but I wish you would do more of these month long features so that your readers could get to know the poets on your site better like the ones you have interviewed already. You have so many good candidates to be the featured poet. (A few which come to mind are Patty Lynn and Cristy Ramirez!) Your site is the best poetry site I have visited - and one of the things which makes it so interesting is the poet interview feature. Great idea. Noreen V.

Friday, September 20, 2002

Jay, "A Garden of Weeds" and "the mum still blooms" are so good. Patricia Lynn manages to stimulate thoughts with her poetry like a magician. Her words are simple and her poems are uncomplicated. She is a wonderful poet. Thank you for posting her work on your site. D.S.

Friday, September 20, 2002

I enjoy reading the visitor responses and find them to be an excellent source of what's what on your site. Particularly, I like when your poets give their feedback on the poets and poetry on your site. The poets of poetheart.com seem to be so interested in more than just posting their work on your site. They show that they like the site they are posted on and contribute to the "life" of it. It's amazing. Greta C.

Saturday, September 21, 2002

Dear Jay, Three letters I read in your visitor response moved me - beyond words. These were the letters from Dave Parzanese, Paul Papasavas and Patty Lynn. These are very real poets (Dona's contemporaries) who took the time to express themselves. Their homage to the beautiful and brilliant poet Dona Lou Pearson shows exactly the caliber of poets on your site. Sincerely, Michelle

Saturday, September 21, 2002

Jay, I never read the essay/short story section of your site before but I visited there today and enjoyed it. I would like to see more essays and stories, though I realize your site is primarily poetry. George

Sunday, September 22, 2002

Dear Jay, Your poem "Toward Eternity" really and honestly moved me. I completely related to what you convey in this poem in your clever way. The way you write is so amazing to me. You have the uncanny ability to portray things in very unique ways with simplicity and clarity. Thank you for sharing your creativity. Gary

Monday, September 23, 2002

Dear Poetheart, I read "From Forever" and "Joy" and thought both were terrific poems. You're good. I also read the two new poems by Patricia Lynn, "A Garden of Weeds" and "the mum still blooms." Patricia is wonderfully talented and I find her poetry delightful reading again and again. Your interview with Paul Papasavas was really good and did add the dimension of insight into his work on your site, as your interviews always do. (Your site is one of my favorite places to visit on the net!) J.Z.

Wednesday, September 25, 2002

Jay, Hands down, the poetry of Durlabh Singh is some of the best on your site. I would love to see you post more of his magnificent work. Hattie

Saturday, September 28, 2002

Jay, I loved your "One Hundred Moons" it is a short and sweet poem, that I would love to memorize! Thanks for the simplicity. It would make a great musical "refrain". A few versus before it and after it and you've got a hit song...Look out James Taylor! Who else? -- Patty

Saturday, September 28, 2002

Dear Jay, I really enjoyed the interview with Paul. I liked his poetry from when he first appeared on your site but do think his work has improved 100% in the time he has been on poetheart.com. I also enjoyed reading Patricia Lynn's poetry. She is very talented and expresses her thoughts and feelings well. She is another poet whose work seems to just get better and better. And, of course, it goes without mentioning that your own work is always excellent. I must say that I miss the days when you posted more of your poems. I am also very surprised that you do not have a poem written by you about your friend Dona Lou Pearson on your site. I have read the ones by her sister Jude, Pat, Cristy, and Richard. (All of these poems were very moving, especially Cristy's). Maybe soon you will be ready to share one you have written about her. Take care, Jean

Monday, September 30, 2002

Poetheart, I was very taken by Cristy's poem "Release." She has a true talent for writing beautiful poetry which is so unlike the other poetry on your site. Cristy uses words well and expresses her ideas uniquely. Hopefully Cristy will be on your site for a long time and maybe even be your next featured poet! G.R.

Tuesday, October 1, 2002

Dear Jay, I like Brad Morin's poem "Agony" and I find strength in it. It demonstrates how one can have fortitude and go on and move on no matter how painful. Brad knows exactly how to convey his thoughts with severe precision and portray excruciating reality. He's so real. Thanks for having this poet on your site. Deanna

Wednesday, October 2, 2002

Jay, I was wondering why the last question (from another poet on your site) of Paul's Q&A is unanswered. I enjoyed his interview and have been reading the questions and answers. Maybe you forgot to add his answer? Thanks, Joe G.

Thursday, October 3, 2002

Hello Jay, this is Brad Morin, one of the poets and people on your fantastic website. Jay, I am writing about your dear friend Dona Lou, and to see how you are doing. I do not know what to say because I have never lost anyone close to me before, thats not true - my grandfather past away two years ago and it devastated me, to the point where I could not function. Jay, even though I do not know you like Dona Lou did, I think you are an inspiring guy and I look up to you, as weird as that sounds. Your website has been a safe place for me to go and read and relax, and yes, it has helped me cope with my constant depression and anger. Take care for now, I will stay in touch, one way or another. BRAD

Saturday, October 5, 2002

Hi Jay, I wanted to let you know that I have been visiting your site and really enjoy reading all the wonderful poems you have accumulated there. It's honestly delightful visiting your site and spending time reading your work and all the work from your friends and visitors. Thank you sincerely. Faith

Monday, October 7, 2002

Poetheart, Your poetry is some of the finest I have ever read. You're truly a very talented and creative poet who has no inkling that you are one of the most gifted poets. You also attract other talented and creative poets to your site and this is impressive. I have your site bookmarked and (many times) sit with my cup of tea and read your poetry as part of my quiet time. Poetheart, with your beautiful words and unique insights, you've given me many hours of enjoyment and contemplation. I can't begin to thank you enough. Maxie

Wednesday, October 9, 2002

Hey Jay, Have been really getting into your site - there's so much to read on it. Huge site, man. I like your poetry and
also the poetry by a few of your poets. Paul Papasavas is pretty deep. Your friend Dona Lou was excellent poet. I'm sure you must miss her tremendously. Just wanted to write you a short note for now but I have a few questions to ask you about your poetry. I will do that another time. Take it slow. Peace, Dirk

Friday, October 18, 2002

Jay, Your site is really cool. I had no idea anyone could so successfully create such a magnificent poetry site as you have done. Usually poetry sites are quiet and lifeless - and very dull. Yours is far from that. It really works. You are very talented and quite the poet. I can see why you attract the caliber of poets you do. I will visit again. Joe C.

Saturday, October 19, 2002

Dear Jay, The poems of Dona Lou Pearson have always hald a special place for me. She always managed to write things which touched me profoundly. I have recently re-read all of her (many) poems on your site and her touch has not at all diminished in its intensity. As a matter of fact, her words have the "magic" of being even more intense than the first time I read them. Her poems which are so familiar to me have taken on new meanings. I thought that I would never see the day when new poems would not be added. I thought this beautiful poet would continue to write and be an enrichment of my soul for as long as I visited poetheart.com. While no new work has been added since her death last August, she DOES still continue to touch me with her existing poetry. Loretta

Monday, October 21, 2002

Jay, I really enjoyed reading the poems of John R. Yaws and Jason Visconti. These two guys are right on time with their work and hope to see more in the future. John's Traveler's Tales are great and I keep imagining what it would be like to hear them recited by the author who knows best how to read them properly and with the correct emphasis. It would be a blast to hear these Tales. Jason's images in his work are excellent. You can tell he's into it. Thank you for having these two artists on your site. Your own work is not too shabby at all either. Ciao. Vince

Monday, October 28, 2002

Jay, Some folks are "hooked on phonics"--I'm hooked on John Yaws and his traveler's tales. So many of these poetic ballads are thoughtful, cheery and clever. I imagine John would recite these poems to an appreciative audience, always ending with a wink and a smile by his last line. Naturally, the audience would always chant "Aye!" and raise their glasses to toast his wit. I also like the looks of his page and the green surroundings. This is an impressive collection of poetry and wonder if John has a book of poetry published. The only thing better than buying this collection to read in an easy chair would be hearing John read them live! Have a swell day poetheart. I hope to hear about your collaborative effort with sweet Dona Lou's daughter to put out your best joint effort with the late Dona Lou Pearson. Bye! Patty Lynn

Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Jay, Amazing site - great poetry and nice atmosphere. J.L.

Friday, November 1, 2002

Dear Jay, How do you manage to stay on top of it all? How are you able to keep up with all the things you do on your website? It must take a lot of time to maintain your site the way you do. Your labors certainly pay off for those of us who enjoy your site. Thank you. H.D.

Sunday, November 3, 2002

Jay, I like Laryalee Fraser's two poems. I see that both have been posted some time ago. Do you expect her to be contributing more poetry? Her work is really good. Thanks, Carl

Monday, November 4, 2002

Poet, At one time you had a poet named Eve Hall. I can't find her anywhere on your site now? What ever happened to her? She seemed to disappear about the time of Dona Lou Pearson's death. Please write me back. Fran Howard

Wednesday, November 6, 2002

Dear Jay, I like Paul's poetry but find it difficult reading the form he writes in sometimes. Why haven't you edited his poems? It would seem to me that you would have changed the way he formats his poems or don't you get into that? Do you just go for the content? Jack

Saturday, November 9, 2002

Dearest Jay, Your poem "Still Life" which you wrote for Dona Lou was just beautiful. I cried when I read it because I could feel all the genuine feelings you poured into that. This poem is packed with raw and untainted emotion. It is very unfortunate that this is one of your better poems. I know your friendship with Dona Lou was something you cherished and you would have rather never written that poem. It's uncanny how well you can capture the essence of something. If I live to be a thousand, your talent will still astound me. Karen

Sunday, November 10, 2002

Jay, I read your poem for Dona Lou. It was beautiful. Thanks for sharing this one. J.G.

Tuesday, November 12, 2002

Jay, While I have always enjoyed reading the Traveler's Tales of John R. Yaws, those poems seemed to dominate his work. His page seemed to contain little else except for a few other poems besides those Tales (which are very good). Recently, I see that John has added other poetry to his page. These poems are so good and so refreshing. He reveals another side of himself with these, as well. His new work is tender and beautiful. It is a compliment to you that a poet who has been featured on your site in the past and who has contributed for a while continues to post new poetry like this. (Dona Lou Pearson always did until her death last August, and Paul Papasavas still does, but some of your other featured poets do not). John Yaws is a versatile poet who has standards of quality poetry and who demonstrates his talent repeatedly. Bravo! Robert

Wednesday, November 13, 2002

Poetheart, I was very impressed with the interview you had with Paul Papasavas. He seems very much at ease being in the limelight about his poetry. His latest poem "Sanctuaries of our Souls" was very good and he seems to be taking flight from his earlier style and is more poetic in his writing now. His work is more imaginative these days, which I find to be a good thing. His transformation makes his work more interesting than before. John B.

Thursday, November 14, 2002

Dear Poet, Your poem "Still Life" was a wonderful and beautiful tribute to Dona Lou Pearson. I liked it very much as it was so moving. Thanks for sharing this poem with the rest of us. I know it must not have been easy for you. Joanne

Saturday, November 16, 2002

Jay, I love the poems of Eunice Irwin and noticed that she has not submitted anything since mid 2001 (over a year). I was wondering why this talented stopped submitting her work to your site. "Eternal Finish Line" is one of my favorites and "Poetry Perception" is also one I like a lot.
Thanks, Bill

Saturday, November 16, 2002

Dear Jay, The poems of Cristy Ramirez are among my favorites on your site. I was totally able to relate to "Shared Secrets" and thought it was well written and "sorted out" many things often difficult to express. I also liked "Lost" as I have traveled that road she describes in it. Her poem "The Poet's Heart" (inspired by the work of Dona Pearson) is so beautiful and was truly a tribute to the poet who inspired it but also confirmed Cristy's talent. Cristy Ramirez writes with all the passion and unique expression of a true poet. You should feature her work sometime. Elena

Sunday, November 17, 2002

Jay, Your most current work is as incredible as ever. "From Forever" is a really good poem and I totally agree with the comments written about it by Dona Lou Pearson (07/27/02), who always had such great insight into your work. Your poem "Anonymous" is really interesting and gave me something to think about. "Lone Wolf" was very different and seemed to be somewhat autobiographical - like you were really writing about yourself more than any other one of your poems I have read. Of course, your touching poem "Still Life" brought tears to my eyes. You were so candid and so genuine in describing your feelings and emotions about the loss of your dear friend. Your poetry is always the "show stopper" when you write about anything. You are an awesome poet. Stay well and happy. Diana

Tuesday, November 19, 2002

Dearest Jay, Hello there! I hope things with you and your family are going well. Its been a while since I have written, and there were a couple of things that I wanted to write you about. I read your poem "Still Life" and I truly loved it. I thought it was such a beautiful tribute to Dona, and the friendship that you shared. Thank you so much for sharing that with all your site readers. I also read your "Poetry" (1969) and "Fork In The Road" (1977). These were both beautiful, interesting poems. I don't know how I overlooked them before.
The new poems from John Yaws were great. I loved his poem "Gone." I loved the rhtym and the rhyme of the poem and its message.Take care Jay, and I hope to talk to you soon. Sincerely, Cristy

Thursday, November 21, 2002

Dear Poetheart, I found your site through a search and was totally fascinated by it. It is one of the largest poetry sites I have seen on the Web and it is so full of wonderful poetry. Quite impressive. I have mentioned it to my sister and a few other friends of mine so you may be receiving poetry submissions from them in the near future. Thanks. Julie K.

Friday, November 22, 2002

Jay, Your poem "Still Life" really got to me. It's beautiful - so moving and so sincere. I am not sure how much of your talent is creativity and how much is your ability to express your thoughts and feelings. It doesn't matter. You're great!

Monday, November 25, 2002

Jay, The new poems by John Yaws are awesome. This poet is magnificent. I enjoy his work tremendously. He is the most talented and multi facted poet on your site. I am just so taken with his work. Thanks for hosting him. Johnny B.

Tuesday, November 26, 2002

Poet, John R. Yaws has a few new poems on your site. "In Closing" really is a beautiful poem. I enjoyed that one so much, but I LOVED "For You" more than I can tell you. There are so many beautiful lines in it. It's well written and very expressive. (I love this poem but wish he hadn't added the last verse!) Please continue to encourage this poet to keep writing and sharing his wonderful work. Yvonne

Wednesday, November 27, 2002

Dear Poetheart, Even after more than 3 months your site bears the gap of the absence of your Dona Lou. I miss her and feel so strange coming to poetheart.com and not finding any "new" poems of hers. I know that you have kept a "queue" of poems for your poets. I was wondering why you've never posted anything from hers. Is there a problem because of her family requesting that no poetry which you may have held back should be posted? I hope there is no chance that her poetry would have to be removed from poetheart.com. Please write me back. Sincerely, Gina

Friday, November 29, 2002

Jay, I just read the most recent poem by Paul Papasavas called "Junctures" and found it to be very different from a lot of his earlier poems posted on your site. Paul seems to be using more imagery lately and this makes his poetry a little more appealing. But "Fallacies of Amalgamation" and "Perfunctory Reasoning" are typical of exactly what I DO NOT like about many of his poems - they are preachy and dull with the use of words for which I need a dictionary. Such poems are not really poems at all, in fact - they are essays written in prose. They are almost condescending at times. If Paul would continue along the lines of "Junctures" ("Sanctuaries of our Souls" and "Open Sky" as well) his poetry would be more appealing. Anyway, I liked "Junctures" and hope he submits more poems like it. Heather

Friday, November 29, 2002

Poetheart, I have just read the August 2001 interview of John R. Yaws and have to tell you that I really enjoy reading his interview out of all of the interviews you've done so far. He is an amazing poet and I like just about everything he has on your site. His Traveler's Tales are very good - imaginative and well written, as well as interesting. Bill Wright

Saturday, November 30, 2002

Dear Jay, While I have always enjoyed reading the poetry of your associates, your own poems are what have always drawn me to your site. Recently, I have noticed that you have tapered off in your own contributions on your site. Have you lost interest in posting your work on your own site? Is this because of the loss of Dona Pearson? Or is it because you are going through a "writer's block"? Maybe you are not posting your work because you have plans for publication? I really miss reading your wonderful new work. Please write me back. Lisa K.

Sunday, December 1, 2002

Jay, I like your site and found it to be a great garden of poetry. Thanks for having such a wonderful place to visit. J.T.

Tuesday, December 3, 2002

Poetheart, Your poems are like magic and when I read your work I am totally enchanted. You have a beautiful heart and soul and also a tremendous talent to be able to express them. Your poems have captivated me ever since my first visit to poetheart.com about a year ago. Keep writing. Toni B.

Thursday, December 5, 2002

Jay, I have given up trying to figure out what Paul Papasavas is talking about it in his poems. I did not understand him before his interview and then I thought I would understand him better after reading his September interview, but that is not the case. His most recent poem, "Junctures" confuses me. Though the language is beautiful at times, I have no clue what the poem means. Can you help me? Bryan

Sunday, December 8, 2002

Jay, I really enjoyed Patricia Lynn's poem "Inside Out" very much. I just like the way Patricia writes - the choice of words and the way she always writes in rhyme. She always "hits the nail on the head" about one thing or another. She's right on time with this one as the sentiments she expresses are exactly how I feel about my friend. Patricia's poetry is some of the best on your site. Barbara

Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Dearest Jay, I was very moved by your poem "Still Life" about your grief over the detah of your beautiful friend Dona Lou Pearson. I felt your pain and loss while reading it. This was one written from your heart, I can tell. Dona's poetry was always special - she was beautiful poet who wrotes some of the most beautiful poetry I've ever read anywhere. I am sincere when I say to you that I miss her. Please take care and continue carrying on your beautiful work. I believe your site is probably the best poetry site I have visited. Thank you for all your hard work. H.W.

Thursday, December 12, 2002

Poetheart, Exactly what are your guidelines for poetry submission? I have noticed that your site is very friendly to the submissions of visitors to your site and you also seem to have very high quality poetry posted on your site. Poetheart site is very large with literally hundreds of poems posted. I would very much like to be a part of it. Thanks, J.B.

Saturday, December 14, 2002

Jay, I really like your poem "Still Life" very much. I have read all the poems dedicated to Dona Pearson but think that yours was the most moving. Dona Pearson was one of my favorite poets on your site. Thanks for sharing your heart with us. Almost every poem you post of your own fine work is unforgettable - touching the heart or moving the very spirit. Your creativity is most amazing. Thank you. Bette

Sunday, December 15, 2002

Poet, I love your website and sometimes spend a long time reading the poetry you have posted. Your poems are so moving. You have a very unique way of expressing yourself. I also love the work you have of Patricia Lynn, Cristy Ramirez and Eunice Irwin. I have also read the poetry of the interviewed poets. Dona Lou Pearson was an excellent poet and you seem to have been so fond of her. Did you ever write anything together? I am also wondering why you have never interviewed Cristy Ramirez or Patricia Lynn? Keep up the good work. Fran

Tuesday, December 17, 2002

Jay, I just read Patricia Lynn's newest "Just One Flake" and loved it. She manages to say so much more than the quantity of words she uses and has the just right poet's knack. I would like to see more and more of her poems on your site. In fact, I would love to read her interview. Joe T.

Wednesday, December 18, 2002

Poetheart, Patricia Lynn's "Just One Flake" is wonderful. Having the snowflake as the speaker of the poem is a very clever idea. This is an imaginative and talented poet. Bravo for her. H.T.

Wednesday, December 18, 2002

Jay, I just read Paul's latest poem "Junctures" which I like so much more than a lot of his other poems. His "style" is varied and he doesn't always write the same. This is a good poem which I truly enjoyed. If he is looking for a way of expressing himself, whatever he did with this he should continue. Gary

Thursday, December 19, 2002

Dear Poetheart, The addition of Joe Quinton's poetry to your site complements the fine choices of poets you've made for your site. Thanks for your efforts to provide a wonderful poetry site for those of us who like to read poetry. Kira

Friday, December 20, 2002

Jay, Paul Papasavas has two new poems recently posted ("Unconscious Realities" and "Resolute") which are both very good. I also read his interview for the first time. I enjoyed that too. Thanks for having this poet on your site. JR

Friday, December 20, 2002

Dear Jay, Hi. Its been a while since I've written, and I wanted to write and wish you all the best for the holidays. I hope they go well, and I'm wishing you a Merry Christmas and a new year full of love, laughter and peace. I think my writing slump is over (finally!) so I'm enclosing a few poems that I thought you might like to read. "For You" was written for a very special friend, and it says everything that I wish I could tell him in person. "Home To Me" is a sort of silly poem I wrote late one night while listening to Nina Simone. And "Fifty Summers Ago" is my first attempt at writing anything for or about my mother. I'd really like to know what you think of them. If you'd like to post any, please do. Thanks for your friendship, Jay. And thanks so much for having such a beautiful place for poetry to call home. I really am thankful and honored to be a small part of it. Talk to you soon. Con Carino, Cristy

Saturday, December 21, 2002

"Reverent Rosary" was interesting. You have written better but it was well done. You have a fascinating mind!  Tom

Saturday, December 21, 2002

Poet, Your poem "Anonymous" is probably one of the best pieces you have written (except for "Aged" and "From Forever" which are excellent). This poem really got to me and gave me some insight into a poet/writer's head. I am glad you shared this poem with us. Thanks. Brenda

Monday, December 23, 2002

Jay, Your poetry is like music to my soul. Your "Still Life" is very beautiful and shows the love you had for a very beautiful poet who sang her songs on your site before the curtain closed for her. The other poets (Ramirez, Lynn, Papasavas, Irwin, Yaws, and Pearson, just to name a few) who have their beautiful work posted on your wonderful site are all talented. I enjoy visiting your site every time and I am never disappointed with your standards of quality poets and poetry. Thank you so much for hosting such an array of poetry. Your site is probably one of the largest and best. Cynthia Molino

Tuesday, December 24, 2002

Dear Poetheart, I just read two new poems by Paul Papasavas ("Resolute" and "Happy Times") and liked them both very much. Reading these two poems prompted me to read his interview again and visit his webpage. He is probably my favorite poet on your site along with Richard Amoroso. I know that Paul continues to submit his work but I have not seen anything new by Richard in a very long time. Do you still keep in touch with him? I would like to read what he is writing lately. J.M.

Wednesday, December 25, 2002

Poetheart, Merry Christmas to you and your family (I have seen the pictures in your photo album). May you have all the continued success you deserve in your poetry. I would also like to extend my best wishes for happy holidays to your poets whose work I enjoy every time I visit poetheart.com. God Bless You All, Marilyn

Wednesday, December 25, 2002

Jay, Happy Holidays to you and yours! Let's hope you resolve to share more of your work in the coming year. H.J.

Wednesday, December 25, 2002

To Poetheart and All the Poets on the Site: Remembering you all in my Christmas season prayers because each of you has touched my heart in a different way through your poems. Thank you. Veronica Langdon, Fort Myers, FL

Thursday, December 26, 2002

Jay, Beautiful website. Great poetry. Joe

Thursday, December 26, 2002

Dear Jay/Poetheart, I have missed reading new poems by Dona Lou Pearson. I know that you do not always post everything by your poets and always have a "reserve" of poetry, so how come you have not shared any new work (poems not previously posted) by Dona? Is it because her family does not want you to publish her work anymore? Have they only allowed you to keep what she herself approved for publishing? Please write me back. Joni, Houston

Friday, December 27, 2002

Dear Jay, I love your website. There is so much to see. I like the interviews and have read most of them already. It will take me a while to read all the poems on your site. It's a huge site. I like your poetry the best - very different in expression than most of the other poets and also very passionate. "Lone Wolf" and "Anonymous" both sent chills up my spine. I also like some of your early work like "Fork in the Road" and "Sarajevo." Thanks for sharing your great talent on the web. My best to you always. I will write again after I have read more. J.F.

Saturday, December 28, 2002

Poetheart, Patricia Lynn's work is excellent. I love the way she writes. The rhyming along with the flow of her great word choices makes me jealous. I wish I could write like she does. Please let her know her poetry is appreciated by the visitors to your site.Margie  P.S. - Enclosed is one of my poems for your consideration. Thank you.

Monday, December 30, 2002

Dear Jay, I just read the new John R. Yaws poem and was intrigued by it. I liked it a lot. This poet is fascinating. His Traveler's Tales are wonderful. I have read his interview a few times and think he is the best poet, hands down, of all the poets you have interviewed so far. He is clever and entertaining in his work. His obvious mastery of both language and rhetoric saturates his work. Each and every new Tale and poem added to his page convinces me that John is one of the best poets on your site. He should be published. Thanks for finding him. Kathy

Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Jay, "Love With You" is a great poem. I also thought John's Thanksgiving poem was really cute. John is very talented and, although you do not give him the attention I think he deserves, probably brings many readers to your site. Nina

Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poet, I read "Resolute" and "Happy Times" (two new poems by Paul Papasavas) and felt I should write and let you know how much his work has improved from his earlier poems which are not as well written and expressive as those which he has submitted lately...I also like Patricia Lynn's Christmas poem "My Heart's One Desire" which seemed to express my own thoughts! She has the uncanny knack of expressing my thoughts and feelings better than I could ever hope to do! Please thank these two poets for me and my best wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year to you! JK

Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Jay, I just discovered that you added a new poet to your site - Joe Quinton. I like his poems very much and "Efforts" is my favorite of the three poems he has posted on his page. (I like simplicity and a small amount of words which say a whole lot more). I look forward to reading more of this new poet's work in te future. Happy New Year. Sandi

Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Dear Poetheart, Perhaps you will make a New Year's resolution to be more selective in choosing the poets for your website than you have been this past year. At one time you selected quality, but now it seems quantity is your goal. I am disappointed. G.R.

Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Jay, Thanks for another year of fine poets, fine poetry and a fine poetry site. Melanie

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