You readers who really know me, not just as this guy who knits his thoughts and words into poems, understand that I'm stupidly uncomfortable with receiving praise and recognition. It's a self-effacing and self-destructive streak that I've had most of my life. Don't knock it too much, it allows me to freely bleed all over the page for you every once in a while.
So, when my friend Claudia Schönfeld from One Stop Poetry asked if I would accept being interviewed for one of her group's Poet Spotlights, my first, second and third questions were, "Why me?"
Nevertheless, I agreed to answering her questions, telling her it would no doubt be the dimmest Spotlight in One Stop Poetry's history. The results of that interview are up here on the One Stop site today.
I want to thank Claudia, her colleagues at One Stop, my family and friends who know silly me (some better than I know myself), those of you who just like to read my poetry, and those in-between for helping me explore the world where resides this recognition.
As my poet friend Natasha Head always likes to say, "I'm on a mission to evolve." Part of that evolution for me is to learn to accept the grace of others. Your comments on this blog are teaching me that. Accepting the honor of being profiled by people I admire as poets and artists will be my Master Class.
Thanks to all.