Poetics and Poetry Discussion
S. A. S.
(6/19/2013 3:51:00 PM)
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I don't think the poets I mentiolned above post looking for compliments. I also forgot some important people like John Kay, Adam Reynolds, LP, Lawrence Beck, etc. What I always wished was that more people would post less " finished" poems. I'd like to read drafts, works in progress, and see the rewrites. The only person I've really felt ever did this was TDF.
(6/19/2013 2:20:00 AM)
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Everyone gets rankled by a bad critique, professional or amateur; no one enjoys being panned or ripped apart. Nor do I know a poet who is not looking for affirmation. Thats partly why we all write. That said, when you post (or publish) deal with the criticism as gracefully as you bathe in the praise. Every poem is flawed, from Eliot's to Bukowski's, and there is no such thing as a poet who is universally admired.
I don't think criticism or random comments help us improve much, as most poets may not believe or take to heart what the critic says. A poet 'improves' (at least this is my experience) from recognizing, in himself, his own flaws, through reading greater work and making comparisons to his own, and following the lead of poets who have done or are doing what he feels like he wants to do; its all a very personal endeavor, the process of development. Most poets grow in solitude, just he and his tools, alone, studying and working it all out on paper. -LP