Poetry: gratifying responses to Accidental Joy
***Anyone who has served on a volunteer board of directors knows that stress comes along with reward. It has been so this year as I served with the Austin Poetry Society officers as an at-large member. But I have made wonderful new friends, much appreciated–especially since my 20-year fiction group is gradually fading away…moving away.
One APS member encouraged me to enter Accidental Joy in a book contest, another fan of the volume wanted to buy two more copies to give to friends, and a third APS member went to the trouble to write a full review after reading the 101 single-page, free verse poems. He closes with:
“Your poems have universal appeal. I get bored with female specific poetry which either lectures males or treats them as antagonists or leaves them out. Yours transcends being female to being human. A sure sign of great poetry.