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    • tonyv

      Registration -- to join PMO ***UPDATED INSTRUCTIONS***   03/14/2017

      Automatic registration has been disabled. If you would like to join the Poetry Magnum Opus online community, use the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of this page and follow these instructions: 1. Check your email (including your spam folder) in a timely fashion for a reply. 2. After you receive a reply, use the "Sign Up" link at the top right corner of the page to create your account. Do this fast. I've lost my patience with people who use the "Contact Us" link to express interest in joining and then don't bother to check their email for a reply and don't bother to join after registration has been enabled. The queue fills up fast with spammers, and I have to spend my time sifting through the rubbish to delete them. The window of opportunity for joining will be short. I will not have my time wasted. If you don't check your email and you don't bother registering promptly, you will find that registration has been disabled and your future requests to join may go ignored. /s/ Tony ___________________ [Registration will only be enabled for a short while from the time your message is received, so please check your email for a reply and register within 12 hours of using the "Contact Us" link. (Be sure to check your spam folder if you don't see a reply to your message.)]
    • tonyv

      IMPORTANT: re Logging In to PMO ***Attention Members***   03/15/2017

      For security purposes, please use your email address when logging in to the site. This will prevent your account from being locked when malicious users try to log in to your account using your publicly visible display name. If you are unable to log in, use the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of the page.
    • tonyv

      Blogs   05/01/2017

      Blogs are now accessible to Guests. Guests may read and reply to blog entries. We'll see how this works out. If Guest participation becomes troublesome, I'll disable Guest access. Members are encouraged to make use of the PMO Members' Promotional Blog to promote their published works. Simply add your latest entry to the blog. Include relevant information (your name or screen name, poem title, periodical name, hyperlink to the site where published, etc). If you have a lot of them and feel you need your own blog, let me know, and I will try to accommodate you. Members are encouraged to continue also posting their promotional topics in the Promotions forum on the board itself which is better suited for archiving promotions.

Workshop


(Rules) Please read before posting ...

In this forum, post poems that you intend to revise for which you would like to receive constructive criticism. Please also criticize at least one poem posted here by another member for every poem of your own that you post here.

 

Bear in mind that criticism (although it should be civil) might not be flattering. Rather, it could be downright harsh. Even so, outright nasty criticism (as determined by site administration and moderators) will not be tolerated and may be deleted.

 

 

Some guidelines:

 

1. It is considered proper decorum in a workshop setting to always thank those who criticize your work even if the critique is less than flattering.

 

2. It is also considered proper decorum for a critic to refrain from commenting negatively on or otherwise addressing directly the critiques of others. If you would like to criticize a poem, and you disagree with another critic, simply make a critique of your own that states the opposite. Do not quote the other critic or refer to him in your critique. Please do not start or engage in a flame war.

 

3. Generally, one workshops a poem because s/he would like to revise the work, wants to know if a poem is working, and/or why it is not. It is usually not considered useful in a workshop environment to explain your poem. If you receive a critique, and the critic just doesn't get your poem, take it at that. Look at the other critiques you receive and use them as a guide to gauge that critic's critique. Perhaps that critic didn't read your poem well or is simply wrong. On the other hand, if everyone says similar things that indicate to you that they don't "get" your poem, maybe your poem is not working the way you would like it to work. Use the feedback that you get as you see fit when you revise.

 

Some examples of what is deemed acceptable (by the administration here) and what is not:

 

Telling someone to read thousands of poems before ever trying to write another is not acceptable nor is referring to someone's honest efforts at writing as their "typing." Conversely, if some member comes into the workshop, and declares that s/he is posting a poem that s/he just wrote in five minutes, it would be fair to ask that member how s/he can expect others to spend more time on the critique than s/he did on the poem itself. Good critiques take time to write, and only those who have already put some effort into the poems for which they would like criticism should post them here.

 

The site administration will monitor this section closely. Some standards of basic literacy should be met and maintained by poets and critics in this section. Using internet shorthand like "u" for you and "cuz" for because is usually not taken seriously in workshop environments. The bar for what constitutes an acceptable critique may be raised by the administration from time to time.

 

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***Please see the topics in the WELCOME section for general posting rules and guidelines.***

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