Member Rara Avis
JP, I couldn't agree more! Poetry is about what you say, and has little or nothing to do with format.
I think it's really fascinating that Red started this thread, you're at the tail (for a moment), and Izzy is hanging in the middle. Why? Because the three of you have something very much in common, and I think that something relates to the comments on your work.
There are a lot of great poets here. Some of them stick primarily to light verse, some pepper their offerings with an occasional serious poem, and a few - such as those mentioned above (though there are others, too) - concentrate to a very large extent on serious themes. More, you, Red and Izzy very often weave hidden threads into your tapesties, with images and allusions that go beyond even a serious theme. I'm not suggesting there aren't other who don't do the same - but you three stand out in my mind, if only because I've been reading your work longer than most.
Let me tell you a story. A week or two ago, Doreen posted a poem in the Open forum and I suggested she also post it in Critical Analysis - so we could spend some in-depth time talking about it. It was that good! And now I'm struggling to find the time to respond in the depth I feel it really deserves. I need more than the 5 or 10 minutes I usually take to post - at least 30 minutes and possibly an hour - and it's darn tough to find that time. The poem deserves it, and it's my failure I haven't been able to do it.
I can't tell you the number of times I've run into the same problem with poems by you, Red, and Izzy. And, yea, others, too. Lots of others, though not always with the same consistency (like almost every poem you three post? ) Maybe I should content myself with a simple "Oh, wow!" Instead, I keep promising myself (as I have with Doreen) that I'll find the time later. Later seems to be a lot like a good woman - damn hard to find at times.
Rest assured, JP, your poems are being read. And appreciated...
Ron (I couldn't help myself!)