Poetics and Poetry Discussion
Alice Vedral Rivera
(8/9/2013 9:32:00 AM)
Hi Sue Ann, the poem I posted was one of the very few 'keepers' from that time and I, also, went years before writing more poetry. I started writing more or less regularly in the mid to late 1990's. I always appreciate feedback as it helps me to continually hone my craft. I don't always take the suggestions because I may have a reason or a liking for how I originally wrote a piece, but I always keep it in the back of my mind when I write my next one.
(8/9/2013 6:55:00 AM)
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Hi Sue Ann, thanks for this. I was wondering: did you have poems read to you as a child, or hear a lot of poetry during early years?I went to a playschool run by two women who read poems constantly and I learned them off not because I had to but because I wanted to. In primary school (age 6-12) , we had to learn poems and so it continued... My mother also read a lot at home. That love of words and their sounds never leaves, I think. Re criticism, I think it depends how it's given. I agree with you, though, that those who love words will value criticism. But I think it's hard when young people start out in a void, feel the same inspiration, sense of connection, as any artist, but are then told what they are doing doesn't work. It takes time for some to get around that.... I had the support of an older poet from my early 20s up. It was great - nothing interfering, just a series of questions usually...then I would wonder.
I would get angry as a poetry editor - don't know how you did it. I lose faith in humanity sometimes after correcting essays and/or exams...
S. A. S.
(8/9/2013 12:50:00 AM)
I read so much bad poetry for 10x3 that I sometimes wish I had some JC in me.
And if you don't like a poem, why not be honest about it- you're not expected to like everything another poet writes- even a poet you admire. But if you say you don't like it, I think you should point out why...or not comment at all.
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