THE POWER OF PRAISE

Poets and Writers - - Letters - MARY AVIDANO El­gin, Ne­braska

Every is­sue of Po­ets & Writ­ers Mag­a­zine gives me some­thing use­ful to pon­der. In “Tell Me I’m Good: The Writer’s Quest for Re­as­sur­ance” (May/June 2017), Laura May­lene Wal­ter puts her fin­ger on a prob­lem for many of us who live the writ­ing life. No mat­ter how many loyal friends and lov­ing rel­a­tives read and com­pli­ment our work, we do not quite be­lieve them, so we turn to the pro­fes­sion­als and feel even more vul­ner­a­ble. Why? “Get over it,” I say. Thanks for in­clud­ing such a fine piece. I loved it.

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