Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
We need no more proof of how special this place really is than these responses. Occasonally we will have someone come by and let us know that our poetry is not up to their standards. It reminds me of the "not seeing the forest for the trees" syndrome. They are unable to see the intangibles. We are not here to meet anyone's standards. We are here to write, to form friendships, to find a kind or friendly ear when needed, to share whatever little pleasure or even pain life deals us, to have a few laughs...these are the intangibles. I've never seen a friendlier or more supportive group of people. We welcome everyone, regardless of race, religion, nationality or level of poetic expertise. We don't pretend to be anything we are not. I've seen people post poems about how "lousy" we are, make threads in the Alley about how we "suck", spend their time with unconstructive criticism of our poetry and all I feel is a sadness for them...because they are either unable or unwilling to recognize the excellent intangibles of our little corner of the world. Don't ever change....I'm proud to be a part of such a wonderful group of people.
Great response, Kit! I feel exactly the same