• Deborah Kate Hammond

    I think sometimes disappointment cascades. Maybe happiness does too, but it’s hard to be underneath cascading disappointment. Please understand I honor your honesty and your feelings. AND. I have to say how much I admire you and your work. I am constantly in awe of how much you accomplish while bearing the pain and challenges of auto immune diseases and other complications. Year after year. I treasure each one of your books. I’m 72 and in shedding of stuff mode and can’t wait to get at my wall of books and get rid of more than half of them. If I won’t read them again or haven’t in the past two years, they are gone. None of yours could I possibly part with. To me you are a huge success. As you say, so few in Poetry get acclaim. But that does NOT mean you are unsuccessful. You’re brilliantly successful as a poet, a writer, a person. Sending you love and gratitude and hope for a year that makes you feel that.

    December 12, 2020
  • Jeannine Gailey

    Thank you Deborah. You lift everyone up. You have a great spirit.

    December 13, 2020
  • Melanie Weiss

    “Disappointment cascades” is an elegant and accurate way of putting it.

    December 14, 2020
  • I hear you. I struggle even without the additional weight of health issues. I work full time to pay bills and in honesty I wish I could be you! Writing creatively full time is a dream.

    But also I know it is a struggle. I’ve had a ton of rejections this year for a chapbook. I’m rethinking it. It might be too heavy all in one book. I dunno.

    I love your poetry and always recommend it when asked for suggestions. It’s so unique and beautiful. I love it all. Hugs to you. If you need venting time I’m here.

    December 15, 2020

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