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  • ***** ********* (11/9/2005 5:38:00 PM) Post reply | Read 5 replies Stage

    I was just wondering! I am really enjoying this site with one exception and that is, when I get a comment on my work, I have to search to find it, in order to thank the writer. It is very time consuming and I have RSI which is a pain. Is there a way of asking nicely for the management to provide an email alert to comments on particular pieces. Just a thought. This was the only sensible forum I thought appropriate. Smiling hopefully Tai

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    • ***** ********* (11/10/2005 3:56:00 AM) Post reply Stage

      Hey Poetry Coward, You think you are so big don't ya? Big bully picking on little widow kick your scrawny arse, with limp wrists tied behind back Tai Chi Italy. There is nothing worse than a jealous ... more

    • Max Reif (11/9/2005 9:39:00 PM) Post reply Stage

      Tai, please don't worry about that guy below and his inappropriate comment.

    • Michael Shepherd (11/9/2005 6:37:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

      At the moment, Tai, as you have probably discovered, the least complicated method is to go to your own home page once every few days, and click on the poems marked 'NEW'. That way you catch the most l ... more

    • Allan James Saywell (11/9/2005 6:04:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

      hello TAI my little sweet pea yes someth ... more

    • Declan McHenry (11/9/2005 5:52:00 PM) Post reply Stage

      I think that's a great idea. I'd certain ... more

  • ***** ***** (11/9/2005 5:31:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies Stage

    I have just read back over the last couple of pages here and I have to ask:

    Are we going to continue hashing out this pointless argument about non-agreeable comments to our poems here on PH? For goodness sake - maybe there should be a choice to exclude the option for comments if people only want to hear wonderful things. Pleeeeease people - your work can only improve if you accept that faults will always be a part of your evolution as a writer.

    None of us is a perfect/exemplary/superlative poet.

    I think people should really consider whether they want to receive honest commentary before they post to a public website for poetry. This argument is coming up time and time again.... 'Oh dear, someone gave me some bad comments' Surely comments are a reader's right....?

    (yes, before anyone is quick to jump down my net-throat, I have reacted badly when I got a bunch of inexplicable '1's with no comment - that is a little different)

    Can we leave the hypersensitivity to criticism behind?


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    • Allan James Saywell (11/9/2005 6:00:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

      just give them a one like you do sonja that should be good enough make everyone happy

    • Herbert Nehrlich1 (11/9/2005 5:40:00 PM) Post reply Stage

      I agree 111 % Sonja. I personally do not like criticism and I suspect few poeple outside the masochistic society do. However, getiing critiqued by Raynette, John Kay and other fair dinkum and competen ... more

  • Herbert Nehrlich1 (11/9/2005 5:29:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

    Just got up and still squeezing my thyroid (through yawning) . Missed the skirmishes I must say I regret.
    Personally, as far as John Kay goes, I find him to be perched near the very top on this site. He lives in Germany where people are more judgmental than in most other places but I have yet to see a comment from him that did not reek of helpfulness, of constructive criticism, I for one would be happy if he took the time to look at a few more of mine, no question.
    As to the one who was so bothered and showed clear and present signs of the Vapours (a neuropeptide messenger disruption) I have found, to my consternation, that she is perched near the borderline of borderline, if you get my drift.
    Perhaps the age given is incorrect, that would explain some of her reactions and, perhaps, some of her poetry.
    I have been called names by her as well so it is really nothing to worry about,
    my crime was to point out the atrociously poor quality of her attempts to present poetry in German.
    So, after these brief comments (call them anti-inflammatory 'spade' comments) I shall go and teach a class (not poetry) . I needed that little bit of adrenalin.
    Best wishes to all and especially to Sherrie for this day, it's that kind of a day.

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    • Allan James Saywell (11/9/2005 5:33:00 PM) Post reply Stage


  • Allan James Saywell (11/9/2005 4:28:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

    Good to see you back Gerry your talent has left a void in the rank and file

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  • Allan James Saywell (11/9/2005 4:21:00 PM) Post reply | Read 4 replies Stage

    could someone please call me a old prick so i can become angry enough to write
    a poem today i am as barren as a old women in the bible

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    • ***** ***** (11/9/2005 5:50:00 PM) Post reply Stage

      Oh and... what about all the pointless wanker old men in the bible? There is a myriad you could aspire to.... hee hee. How do you like them apples?

    • ***** ***** (11/9/2005 5:47:00 PM) Post reply Stage

      You pointless, drunken waste of words. What are you doing constantly hovering on a site that so above you? I have never come across such an arrogant idiot masquerading as a poet. Who are you anyway ... more

    • ***** ********* (11/9/2005 5:41:00 PM) Post reply Stage

      I'd be happy to oblige Allan! but I am just too much of a lady! in waiting. Grinning Tai

    • Michael Shepherd (11/9/2005 4:32:00 PM) Post reply Stage

      promise that if i dont you wont?

  • Allan James Saywell (11/9/2005 2:53:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

    did mister sheperd receive a bad comment on one of his poems, could mister sheperd tell me which poem so i can appraise the said poem and give mister sheperd an honest comment from a fellow poet

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    • Michael Shepherd (11/9/2005 5:28:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

      That's really kind of you, Allan. But my comment was only about criticism in general and what I thought was useful comment. But I've been getting low ratings recently, and it makes me feel I'm 'push ... more

  • Allan James Saywell (11/9/2005 2:25:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

    why would an old poem of mine called 'the black whole of love'get 94 votes
    overnight i will never understand the internet or people for that matter

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    • Cj Heck (11/9/2005 2:56:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

      Allan, maybe some college poetry class is studying your poem. Once in awhile, one of my poems for children will do that, get a lot of hits overnight. CJ

  • Allan James Saywell (11/9/2005 2:22:00 PM) Post reply Stage

    are you going to discimanate against the dead poets why cant they be on the list

  • Marcy Jarvis (11/9/2005 1:22:00 PM) Post reply | Read 5 replies Stage

    Was Bukowski MARRIED to Jane? ? ? I mean, in the 'traditional' sense? ? ? I always thought she was his girlfriend.

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    • Allan James Saywell (11/9/2005 2:58:00 PM) Post reply Stage

      well he could have had her name changed to his by deedpoll as in a common law marriage which is absolute in the eyes of any church and is the law of the land in most western countries idid the same th ... more

    • Marcy Jarvis (11/9/2005 2:27:00 PM) Post reply Stage

      Jane died so young (suicide) that I don't think they would have had time to be married by common law (which last I checked, is seven years in the states where it still applies) . I honestly even was ... more

    • Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler (11/9/2005 2:18:00 PM) Post reply Stage

      come to think of it, i don't think Hunter Thompson was married in the literal sense to his last wife. i think it was more or less a common law thing.

    • Lori Boulard (11/9/2005 1:53:00 PM) Post reply Stage

      You know, that's a very good question. I ... more

    • Poetry Hound (11/9/2005 1:38:00 PM) Post reply Stage

      Oooh, nice dodge.

  • Michael Shepherd (11/9/2005 1:12:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies Stage

    This isn't going to resolve the personal issues, but just to say, we're all quite brittle after 'pulling off' a poem that was a personal achievement towrite. I detest two sorts of comment: 'This is a hackneyed theme.' Well, so it might be, but it's the first time I tried to write on it, thanks...; and 'This poem could be shortened'. That's lazy criticism - say just where you would shorten it, or keep quiet...
    I like criticism like 'I'd be happy if you left out the last verse; you've made the point so well and movingly by the end of the verse before'; I'll take that on board.
    And on Poemhunter, criticism as from reader reaction, rather than critic reaction, is I think the best tone: someone's troubled enough to read it carefully as a poet, not an examiner or press reviewer or teacher; they've empathised. You should be grateful.
    Sometimes the passage complained of is what you think are the best lines - then the whole poem gets rewritten!
    Treat these offerings and the sweat and tears that went with them, as drafts, not competition entries!

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    • Michael Shepherd (11/9/2005 1:49:00 PM) Post reply Stage

      yeah, PoHo, both of them your favourite comments, did you notice? My ego's still bleeding...

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