@smashford - thanks for your feedback - I really do appreciate it, and thanks also for the nice things you say about my writing.
It was the colours and simple layout that initially drew me to the theme, and I still like them, but like you I wonder about the white text on dark background issue.
I too find white text more tiring to read, and I may experiment with other themes to see if I can find something that works better. I guess that at least with a poetry blog it's not like the reader is faced with thousand word articles (no way would I have chosen this theme for my business blog, where I've gone for an ultra-clean black text on light parchment look).
I would also like a theme that gave me a better header option, as this theme is EXTREMELY limited in that regard. However, that's not critical since I'm not trying to win any design awards - I want people to focus on my poetry, not go "Wow - this blog looks amazing!"
Thanks for doing this whole thread - it must be a lot of work for you, so kudos.