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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~ by realsupergirl on May 31, 2008.

4 Responses to “In case you didn’t know how poets think”

  1. 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?”

  2. Rationally, I figured that was probably what a lot of people were thinking. But we poets are not rational creatures much of the time…

  3. 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.

  4. First, a meta comment. I can barely see anything on this screen, which probably has more to do with the condition of this ancient monitor than your layout. But it does make it more difficult to comment.

    So, um, pretty much what they said about why I don’t comment on your poetry, even though you’ve asked me to. I don’t have anything to say. Have you ever heard that apocryphal story about T.S. Elliott’s being asked what his poem means? He responded by re-reading the poem (don’t remember which one). That’s kinda how I feel about your poems, and most poetry. It says what it says, and it means what I read. What else is there to say?

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