This is what John, a real poetry pro, had to say about Chuck...
The poem is a bit rough with its repetition of "I said" and "he said" but that also gives it a natural feel. The point of his being your friend despite no one else wanting to room with him makes it a bit melodramatic but for the subject, it works. It’s a good poem. Just wish I had more from you as I seldom do one time publication….trying to build audiences for our poets. Have you more?
Will place your poem on file for future publication on poetryrepairs.com. Looks like next year 2013 at this point because we’re in the process of putting together 12.11. 12.12 is usually a retrospect of the year. With the best of each issue appearing with table of contents. Many hits from people with new computers and some holiday off time for me. Most magazines have a six to 12 month lead time, as it is for me.
But the poem is solid, accessible, and meaningful.