Member Rara Avis
Actually, Kris, when you didn't answer my last letter I figured my clarifications didn't ride well with what you had in mind. I figured you were no longer interested.
Here is an exact copy of what I sent, including the date I sent it:
Subject: Re: Depression
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2000 11:47:12 -0400
From: Ron Carnell
> Dear Ron,
> I hope I'm not bugging you, but I did not receive a reply to my last e-mail.
> Is this forum or section still an idea? If so, I can prepare more. If not, I
> would really like to know, so I can stop gathering info.
Kristine, I apologize for the delay. As I mentioned in my last Forum
News, I'm not spending as much time online this week as I normally
would. And what time I do have seems to be spent responding to questions
about the book.
Yes, it is definitely something I would like to pursue if you're
interested. Unfortunately, judging from your last email, I fear I wasn't
as clear as I should have been. This is NOT a forum, which I agree with
you probably wouldn't succeed very well, at least not within the context
of a poetry setting. And the last thing I want to encourage is a lot of
discussion about suicide. I was thinking more in terms of articles,
linked from both the forums and the main site, a section where people
could learn more about what depression is and what it isn't. And, of
course, ways to help. I think one of the biggest hurdles people face is
realizing they are not alone, not unusual, not simply weak-minded people
who can't cope. I'm certainly open to suggestions on the best way to
present the material, but I would REALLY like to present it. )
I'm occupied with an out-of-state quest this weekend, and I'll be
teaching a tech seminar most of next week. I'll try to give you better
idea of what I'm thinking at my first opportunity. And I look forward to
any suggestions you might have on such a project.
As for selection of the poems within the book, my initial reaction is to simply remind everyone that participation is voluntary and entirely separate from participation in the forums. Honestly, though, I know that initial reaction is more frustration speaking than anything else.
I really, really wish everyone would reserve judgement until the selection process has proven itself one way or the other. People might just discover they are giving far too little credit to those who post - and vote - within these forums.