And I must add this:

You have all my respect for writing such brilliant poetry in English, which isn’t your native language.

I’ve never dared to write in French, even though I am perfectly comfortable reading, writing, and speaking it.

I just can’t get past not having the milk-language ease of it, the inner feeling of when something works really well or not.

You are brave and accomplished!

Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot.