Flattery will get you everywhere. I really enjoyed your bbooged poem and also your response to my April fool's joke. As I mentioned to you in an e-mail, I'm pretty thick-skinned (or thick-headed) when it comes to criticism and try to remember that others may not be so. I do try to keep my critiques to the work itself, not the person.
Perhaps you should know one of the reasons for me being so quick and dirty with the poems I read/review. It has to do with my wife.(I know, blame it on the wife.) To be honest though, she hates it when I write. Even after publishing two books now. She calls writing "my bad habit". (I make good money in my business and she wants me to only concentrate on that.) Note: I've been married now for 14 years and she hasn't stopped me from writing or critiquing, it's just something I've learned to live with. She really hopes that I'll fall flat on my face with my new book of fiction, Extreme Urgency, which is due to be released pretty soon. And I'm afraid she could be right on this one. So that's the way it is.
Usually I try to read, review and write fairly quickly, so if my posts come off as being abrupt, brusque or too direct- they probably are. Also, I am NOT a perfect speller, but if I notice that you've got a typo in your poems, I'll point it out. (And I'll gladly delete the comment later after it's fixed so nobody will know.) Hopefully you'll return the favor to me. So to any and all of you who have been bbooged, I have this to say to you, "I pity you!".
Oh, and by the way, the critical analysis section is not that bad of a place to post a poem or two. (There you can ALSO freely critique/bash/smash/rave/love/hate one of my gilded "masterpieces". While you're there, you'll probably find a warm cup of metaphor tea and a couple of critiques to crunch on. Just remember to duck if a dart is thrown at you.
Again, thank you Liz for your warm-hearted poem. I really enjoyed it. And I also loved your "Letter to Your Granddaughter" poem. Didn't get a chance to say so.
[This message has been edited by bboog (edited 04-05-2000).]