Regarding poetry reviews.
by, 11-26-2011 at 11:59 AM (655 Views)
I have been asked multiple times recently why it is that I don't post more feedback on personal poems and stories. My answer is that there are days when I do, and there are days when I feel my mood may be too black or sarcastic to objectively give my opinion.
My thinking is that all writing should be encouraged because, even if it's terrible, it's practice for more writing. If I'm going to offer criticism, I want it to be supportive. I hope no one feels like I'm ignoring their work.
My other problem is that I am not well schooled in poetry. It seems the American English courses I took that included poetry put the emphasis on rhyming properly, and Shakespeare. I adore Shakespeare, but I hardly think this qualifies me as any type of authority on poetry.
The next question I get is why I don't submit my own poetry. I write best when I'm doing it conversationally and spontaneously. I want to have time and patience for editing, but I seldom do. I'm better with physical arts. Here is an example of what it would look like if I attempted a poem on the spot:
In pools of blue green algae,
it's stupid for you to be here,
soaking in your mistake.
Your dress is in a ruin
your hair is nasty matted,
you are floating on a lake.
I mean, it just doesn't work, does it? My imagination works in pictures. When I put the pictures in words, inadequacy is the result. Thank you for your patience with me as I participate very little in acts of written creativity.