I have not read ANY of your poetry. Why? ..because I spent 1 1/2 hrs. reading other's poetry, attracted usually by title, and it took me that long to review 15 poems. I replied to 9 of those. Some were written by popular poets and well written, but I didn't like their poem, so didn't comment. I've done the 1-3 hour stint, several times.
I really read and try to absorb everyone's poem. It is time consuming. How many have you read and replied to? As pointed out, that does make a difference.
I submitted three poems, (one got lost and I did not resubmit it for it only had ten votes). Mine did not get voted in (yet)...but I do not believe this is "roll the dice and take your chance."
Read Ron's original notes regarding submitting poems. He asked in so many words, before submitting, to check and make sure our poems were worthy to be printed beside the works of other poets, some master poets, who will have submitted their best.
To me worthy means:
Correct spelling ( I don't have a word processor so I write the poem as an e-mail to myself and use the spell-check)
Learn the different meanings of words which sound alike and use them properly: [then-than] [to-two-too] [their-there] [effect-affect] etc., etc.
Imagery - very important
and the list goes on.....BTW: I had to look up cadence and alliteration in the dictionary to be sure I understood the meaning of those two words!
I think poetry is timeless and universal. If a poem has those elements, plus the other aspects above, I believe it will be selected.
Mine are works in progress. I still get hung up emotionally, and insist to myself, on using a particular phrase I came up with, which does not fit into the flow, or rhthym, etc. because I wrote...I love it...I did that...and assume everyone else is gonna LOVE IT, so I slide it into a poem and suppose no one will notice...or trip over it. I also didn't want to take the time to make it a better poem.
Some of my poetry is more like a page from a personal journal and took me awhile to realize it. Not real poetry.
I am a novice poetry writer. If my poems don't get selected there is only ONE REASON.
I WORK very hard at improving. I have come to learn poetry writing is much more than putting my feelings down on paper...
My eleven year old grandson just started writing. He came to me with a poem and I pointed out all the above listed. The face he made is memorable. Didn't know he could raise his eyebrows that high! We worked together on it and he is learning what I am still learning...how to write good poetry...doesn't happen overnight..
I have not read yours but wanted you to realize many of us have not been selected yet. Mine might not be voted in, but that just tells me I have a lot of work to do. Hard work!!! So does Joshua (my grandson) if he plans on writing or asking me what I think of his.
Not getting voted in is not a reflection of who I am. I am a worthy person, period. And so are you in case you might feel rejected or hurt...
Sorry for the long reply but I wanted you to know you are not alone...more didn't get selected than did! Many of us feel as you.
..without surrender, be on good terms with all persons..