Wow, I hardly ever come to this part of the blue pages. I am utterly dismayed by what I just read. Poetry is from the heart, not just the mind, and once posted, belongs to whomever reads it, at any level of understanding and feeling, whether or not they choose to critique or reply. Sometimes people just know what they like or dislike, and know or care nothing about format or form. Your experience with this other site just reenforces my feelings that I've found the only poetry home where I need to post. A funny thing, this reminds me of an experience in college. I had a professor who didn't like my interpretations of Asian lit in translation, particularly Po Chu I and Basho. Yes, I do have some background in literature. The professor said " You do not understand this poetry, your interpretations are immature and illogical." Someone in class spoke up and said "No, dear professor ****, it is you who do not understand, or feel the poetry." I sat there almost frozen to my chair, as student after student spoke up and supported my interpretation of the poetry. That year, I had an A in every class except that one. It was the only year I would have had straight A's in college. I will never forget the arrogance of some academics. The site you refer to must be filled with such mental midgets.
I am quite happy here. I have visited several other sites, and have received email solicitations to post at no less than four other sites, from people who have read at Pips but never once posted a reply. My time is too valuable to mess around. I see no point in posting elsewhere unless they offer me something I cannot get here. So far, no one has been able to offer me anything I want that Pips does not provide in abundance.
Wow, am I rambling? LOL. You got me going on this one!