The notion of ‘bad poetry’ has been on my mind since I listened to some last night.
Insert “sigh” here.
It is always difficult to critique poetry
it’s even harder for someone to take you seriously if you’re not a good poet yourself.
Two things: unless a poet asks for your opinion (and means the request)
don’t say anything except how you could understand
The other is that someone who appreciates poetry but doesn’t write it
is equally capable of offering constructive criticism as
a poet is.
In my case, having studied poetry in university,
and tried my hand at it several times,
I have a solid grounding in the elements and foundations necessary to
contribute a valid opinion about
However, it makes my spine itch and my teeth ache
when a new poet is not interested in honest feedback because
he or she feels the work is of top quality all ready. At the same time,
I still shudder
if a poet realizes they need advice but
are only interested in sharing their work.
it takes a long time (and never for some closet poets)
to become comfortable with their work and the sound of their own voice
before they are able to accept criticism without feeling that it is
on their work or themselves.
I am forever patient with my students because I know they are still
But someone not interested in bettering their
craft, or who is stuck in limbo with their writing just drives me up the wall,
but I still hold my
What about you?