waxwings Posted February 21, 2011 Share Posted February 21, 2011 (edited) I believe any poem put in the public eye should look like a finished product from which reasonable reader would see the poet, as a presumedly literate writer. No argument that a poem may be never truely finished, but published poems are certainly damn near to that. I would think that even in this forum we should be more discerning, because we do have the option of marking a poem CA, unless we are completely averse to suggestions re some feature that makes the poets literacy questionable, and poets like any other writers are considered to posess a mastery of writing well above what an average. We should not leave gauche spets merely due to some oversight, some misapprehension or anything errors because we have the desire to hear what others think of our work. Let it be clearly know that here I have not seen any truely poorly executed poems to wich my above statement applies, but I have seen many that do suffer from 'faults' not intended by the author . Let it be also known that I can not be overly effusive in praising a significant and artistically accomplished poem. A few well chosen comments re the truly outstanding features are enough, and it is a standard proceedure among peers, which I think we here are, to present a review (and forget the idea of it being a critique, which some lesser lights consider a critcizm, i.e., something like a put down. I have had the privilege of being part of other forums, even groupings of poets that gather to talk eye to eye. In the latter, we have even formal critique sessions, where mebers do submit poems for a formal critique by some notable published members. Moreover, those in the audience, including those who have submitted poems, do participate in offering their five cents. And then we also have workshops where some topic re the craft of writing poems is addressed. All of these serve as a indispensable part of how to learn to be a better poet. The part where the audience participates is of special value through hearing various views, not just those of the 'experts'. As a matter of fact, there is a prescribed set of suggestions just how to critique a poem, because doing so is a sacred responsibility to avoid the slightest chance of offending your peers in any sense of the word. A critique is a compassionate, sensitive and respectful review of the all the strengthn and some of the weaknesses in the way a poem is expressed. It is never the poet or the poem that is being judged, only the level of maturity of writing skills which are hardly a part of tha poet's natural, intrinsic and God given talent. I would think that the division of Member Poem Overflow would be the place to bring a poem to first, unless a poet is, as I am, at times, knowing that a good poem somehow does not seem eo come across as the poet would want it to, in which case the Workshop division is the place, and where the posting should include the poet's own indication of why the poem is posted there. There is also no question that some poems are ripe enough to be iposted in the Member Poems division. That would avoid having other than the most unexpected glitches but a definite mention of what the strong parts of the poem should be made rather than the bland and meaningless statement , "This is your best poem ever" esp. insulting if one or more of the poets previously posted poems have received the same 'accolade' by the same respondent. I post only those my poems there that have been sitting in my 'to be revised file' for months, even years and are beyond my acumen to be further polished. Poems of mine I pompously feel are finished will not appear there, for I save them for the book I still hope to publish before I die. I have enough experience, outside and above my own uncertain talant, to say much, much more, but it would be more fun if we could share thoughts that have not yet even occurred to me. So, this is the time for those of you that are serious about writing poems to throw in your thoughts. Remember, I write poems in hope some poetry will leak out from in between the lines as someone reads them. Edited February 24, 2011 by waxwings Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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