My recent local experiences with poetry have been mixed, with the low point of having a manuscript rejected by Moon Tide Press. Therefore, I'm accepting not being good enough and not willing to pay for workshops, private study and MFA programs--plus not being capable of getting along well with difficult people. And I'm tired of inviting taunts and abuse. So, no more poetry readings for me in 2013. I don't think I'm a bad poet, so I'll keep reading other people's work and occasionally posting poems of my own. But the current poetry environment is too rarified and mean for me to want to take part in and accept its mores/standards. Goodbye.