: may we call you Fort for short?
RE our Smilies: While in the input mode, look for the yellow star icon above input box and click on it; after a while you will memorize the written code between the two colons and won't always have to rely on the star icon. One word of warning, the added smilie always is posted at the end of your post no matter where you left your cursor, so you will have to copy and paste to move it if you are adding it as an after thought.
RE your poetry: I hardly ever read the journals; enough to read in the forums. We do have a Writers Guild
where a lot of poetry is posted and I do check that for new posts, which I will read daily.