(9/20/2006 7:59:00 AM)
If you were so 'into' poetry I don't think you would slam others so much like you do. If you were really 'into' poetry you would offer helpful criticism when you feel it is needed. If you were so 'into' poetry you wouldn't want poetry to be a minority pursuit. If you were so 'into' poetry you would know that NOBODY is BORN into it. If you were so 'into' poetry you would realize there is no such thing as a 'shitty' poet, only those who require help. But are you the one to help them? No. You're so high and mighty you're too good for helpful criticism. You write about how others 'exploit' poetry, but yet here you are! Exploiting it for yourself! Exploiting it to make you feel better about yourself, because you feel poetry is something you do well. You're so egocentric its pathetic!
(3/1/2006 3:25:00 PM)
Good advice. Too many would-be poets don't take the time to learn the craft. But a good friend of mine, responding wisely to my complaints that it's too hard to get a poem published these days, reminded me that, yes, getting people to read the poems you write is important and encourages you to keep writing. But it is not the ONLY reason to write. I knew what he was saying was true all along, but it was good to hear it from an outside source-he's a Ph.D in English. Since then I write mostly for the enjoyment of creating something and expressing myself. I read all the classic poets that appeal to me regularly and often leaf through books about crafting poetry. It's fine to write bad poetry, I think. But those people need to understand that usually people don't read bad poetry, so they should just do it for the enjoyment it gives them, not for accolades. Your message is good advice for beginning poets. It's easy to write a ditty (and fun to boot) , but writing a poem worth reading-now that takes experience and hard work.