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May 31st, 2008

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11:55 pm - In case you didn't know how poets think
When a poet posts a poem, and no one comments, here's what s/he thinks: I am a terrible poet. I should never write poetry again. I should go and burn every poetry book I have ever written, to save myself from the embarrassment of ever having it found.

Or something like that. We're very insecure creatures. If said poet is also a Pisces - oy. You haven't seen such insecurity.

Which is to say, I posted two poems and would love any feedback on them. Because even critical feedback (other than just, "this sucks") would be better than silence. Because I can read all sorts of things into silence, but at least with criticism or questions I feel like my existence is validated. Questions are also OK. Your honest impressions and thoughts are what I want.

Thank you. This has been a Public Service Announcement.

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Date:June 1st, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
My thoughts were more along the lines of "I don't know anything about poetry and she does, and she didn't ask for feedback, so even though those look to me like fine poems, what do I have to contribute?"
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Date:June 1st, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
Rationally, I figured that was probably what a lot of people were thinking. But we poets are not rational creatures much of the time...
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Date:June 4th, 2008 01:29 am (UTC)


Then again, if you were trying to think that much more rationally it might make you a less-talented poet. We love you like you are. :-)

I wish I could think of something to say that didn't sound shallow and uninformed when it comes to poetry. It's just so foreign to how my brain works that I don't even know how to respond.

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