Oooooo I will certainly be looking ;) Yes, people get their feathers ruffled at critique (and I can’t read without this happening in my brain! Especially if it is diary-like writing with no depth.) I tend to write imagery-rich and metaphorical stuff so when I see mixed metaphors my brain explodes into dust. Cannot. Do. It. I love to take young poets and work with them on their writing and usually after they “fan” me on a platform I start getting questions from the truly hungry-for-learning ones. I LOVE those people. Working with them can be very satisfying. I am sure you understand this very well! I recently watched one of Shaunta Grimes videos where she was saying that you don’t have to know everything to teach, just more than the next person ready to learn from you. This was a beautiful thing for me to hear because though I am a great teacher, I lack the “all-knowing” aspect of poetry and talk myself out of sharing myself with others sometimes. You guys both have so much to offer on Medium — and you’re doing it. Thank you.

I was never on AllPoetry but there was this teeny site called PoeticTimes that I was on — it was my first poetry social experience and I wouldn’t trade it for anything! But I did learn one thing there: poetry does not have to be good to be popular.

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