Mary Havran

Rookie (1950 / Ohio)

Top Ten Reasons I Would Make A Lousy Poetry Critic - Poem by Mary Havran

(Letterman style countdown)

Number Ten: Because I probably lack the skill to determine where another’s failings lie
Number Nine: Because I doubt that anyone else really has such infallible skill
Number Eight: Because I lack the desire to render negative opinions of another’s work
Number Seven: Because I question the true motives of any one who readily renders scathing critiques
Number Six: Because I believe in positive reinforcement rather than accentuating negatives
Number Five: Because I don’t wish to have any hand in discouraging or killing the dreams of other poets
Number Four: Because I believe that what people write is far more important than the skill they show in doing it.
Number Three: Because the majority of poetry derives from a warm heart and most criticism originates from cold indifferent intellect
Number Two: Because I know what it feels like to be on the other end of the equation

And the Number One reason I would make a lousy poetry critic:

Because, poetically speaking, I live in a glass house.

Comments about Top Ten Reasons I Would Make A Lousy Poetry Critic by Mary Havran

  • (3/19/2008 11:57:00 AM)

    the most beautiful line 'I live in a glass house...., probably critics don't write so their hearts are rather cold, a nice one.... (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Poem Edited: Monday, March 24, 2008

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