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Death of Valor
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0 posted 06-17-2001 03:46 PM       View Profile for Death of Valor   Email Death of Valor   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Death of Valor's Home Page   View IP for Death of Valor

I was told by a writing teacher who rarely had anything good to say that I was doing some good things with poetry.  I was told by the Poet Larriet(sp?) of Utah that I am one of the most talented poets of my age that he's seen.
I feel pressured, then, to become some great poet.  The problem is that I'm not sure I have the heart or the interest to work poetry as tirelessly as the people who urge me on might like me to.  I write poetry to release my feelings, to take away part of the burden of living, and that's why I read -- but I've never read poetry for recreation.
I'm not sure what to do and I don't want to let everyone down...  I'd *like* to write poetry, but I can't write under pressure.  I just wish I could find a little hovel to hole up in and disappear for awhile, writing as I pleased.
Unfortunately, there aren't that many out-of-the-way hovels for rent these days, and I'm not old enough to get one.

Kill me later - I deserve it - but for now just smile. (LJ Smith)

Poet deVine
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1 posted 06-17-2001 04:12 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Don't let anyone pressure you into writing!! Do what you feel is in your heart. You don't have to conform to what 'they' want. And if you're looking for a hovel, join the group! We were looking for a town to buy a few months ago...so we could have a poetic community..no pressure..just writing when we wanted..reading if we needed and hanging out........sigh...sounds perfect!
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2 posted 06-17-2001 04:19 PM       View Profile for Dopey Dope   Email Dopey Dope   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dopey Dope

Write for youself and your poetry will be amazing regardless of what people say.

Sunshine
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3 posted 06-17-2001 07:27 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Welcome to your new home!  No pressure here!
anonymousfemale
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4 posted 06-17-2001 10:46 PM       View Profile for anonymousfemale   Email anonymousfemale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for anonymousfemale

There is definitely no pressure.  

Just because I hear voices doesn't mean I'm crazy...SHUT UP IN THERE!!!

Death of Valor
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5 posted 06-18-2001 02:37 PM       View Profile for Death of Valor   Email Death of Valor   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Death of Valor's Home Page   View IP for Death of Valor

*smile*  Thank you guys.
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Agreeing with the rest. If you want to write, you will, and if you are worried about someone's expectations, I say just be you, and see where it leads.
I was told by an English Professor that I was too emotional of a writer,and I would never make it.   I changed majors because of it. Something I regretted ever since. I was even afraid to show anyone my writing until I found this place. And I think most people like my writing, at least a little. So I would like to find him and slap him, really, for affecting me so much at a vulnerable moment.
Your story is the opposite, but it is the same in the end, you have to do what feels right to you.
Peace
Sandra
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7 posted 06-19-2001 03:43 PM       View Profile for Fading Away   Email Fading Away   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Fading Away

I honestly believe there is no such thing as a bad poem.  If you write from your heart, and with your heart then there's no way you can write a bad poem.  And if you write, then you should only write for yourself.  No one else... I know, personally, writing always makes me feel better if I've had a bad day, or if I'm hurting.  You shouldn't feel pressured.  That's my two cents    I hope you feel better, regardless.

--Marie

"Imagine a pageant...
In my head the flesh seems thicker,
Sandpaper tears corrode the filth,
And I need you now somehow." --Silverchair

Brad
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8 posted 06-19-2001 05:24 PM       View Profile for Brad   Email Brad   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Brad

You feel pressure because people have told you you have potential?

Try having your high school teacher telling others that you should win the Nobel prize in literature some day.  

Hang around CA some more and I'll fix that pressure problem.      

I'm kidding.

All in good fun,
Brad
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9 posted 06-19-2001 11:37 PM       View Profile for LoveBug   Email LoveBug   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LoveBug

If you feel pressured into writing, it will just take the joy out of it for you and you'll probably end up stopping altogether. Please don't do that. Just ignore everyone else, its much easier that way. People tend to ignore (non-constructive!) criticism, but tend to just soak up the praise...

"Men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand, for everyone can see and few can feel."-Machiavelli

 
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