This year has been very productive for me. I’ve published a number of poetry books and read a lot of really well done work. In the last month I have received emails from people telling me how much they like this blog. And there have been a number of authors who have noted my blog in their own books, usually on their acknowledgement page.
It is gratifying to have this kind of feedback. Poetry is such a marginal activity in the world today. Like most poets I don’t make my living through poetry; I have a full time job to pay the bills, and other obligations besides. Writing poetry and talking about poetry on this blog is the way I spend a lot of my free time. So it is good to hear from others that this blog has touched them in some way. I think poets need to take care of each other, support each other, advise each other, and, yes, critique each other. I see this happening more and more online and it is a good thing to see.
So, thanks to those of you who have emailed or written, linked or passed on by word of mouth information about this site, encouraging others to look over my essays, poetry, and reviews. It means a lot.