Okay dokey everyone,
I guess the reason I had posted what I did (the moronic comments) was to illustrate a point to me or Brad or anyone who cares to listen for a moment. To show that the people here, like most places of this kind, are not truly interested in helping each other grow as writers. Rainbow girl, Poet Devine, and johnt300 all took the time to respond to garbage instead of using it to respond to a poem by Brad. How come you never gave a critique of the poem? You had time to respond to something that would have been better off being ignored or left up to the author to rebuttal yet you made no mention of the quality of the poem. Brad's a big boy, he can take care of himself I myself, liked the poem, I already emailed Brad a critique.
And when people do respond it's usually something like, "Oh, you're so wonderful! Don't change a thing.". "Good stuff" and "I know this person so I know where they're coming from and the poem is so true"...well la-dee-da....Oh and some people all of a sudden think just because they've had some bad experience or what they consider a hardship that it's a great poem all of a sudden....because it's chalked full of emotion you can't say anything bad about it....gimmee a break....I'm sure that's how the great writers of the past became great. It's nice to share, and I always appreciate the sentiments behind a poem, honestly, but if you don't want people to critique it, why post it at a place called Critical Analysis? Maybe it would be better off in another area of the forum or tucked in a shoebox beneath one's bed. I guess in my odd way, a very round-a-bout way that perhaps only makes sense to me, I was just trying to get across the point that I don't think people here, or at the Open Scroll, and probably all other similar sites, take the value of critiquing serious. Everyone seems to want critical comments but no one is willing to give them and when given, they are usually nothing more than patronage, high fiving, ass slapping and back patting. I don't know if using Brad's poem was the best example because I see there are a couple of good critiques here,(and I imagine it's only because of the extraordinary effort he puts into trying to get people to care about poetry/writing as much as he does), but Brad is the only person I know well enough to do something like this to.
I posted a poem and about seven detailed critiques....almost every person that I gave a critique to, had the time to respond to it yet couldn't find ten extra minutes to give me one critique....not a single person had the courteousy to return the favor.
I sincerely apoligise for wasting people's time and coming off as an ass in my real first impression here at Passion Forum but I only did this because I love everything about writing and I hate to see it being mocked so like it is here, and elsewhere, not in the quality of the poetry but in the disguise this place lives under as a helpful too for aspiring poets.
I hope I did ruffle a few tail feathers and get people here thinking about each other's work and not just their own....people don't post their poetry to be ignored so how about all of us chip in and give in to their request of hearing what people think of their work.
Now on to something else.
Why you referred to "unamerican" when I awkwardly touched on freedom of speech is beyond me....who ever said anything about America, I was talking about being able to speak one's mind. Do you think that everyone here is American? I won't say anymore on the subject as per request of Brad and because this space should be more for the critiques then any of my half assed theories. If you have something further to add on this subject, please feel free to e-mail me. One more thing though, you said, "This site is for constructive criticism, only." I agree yet I've barely seen one
Rainbow girl, I was only horsing around with the blind and reading skill comments....and thank God you're coming down to my level because I'm tired of striving to be a better person
Poet Devine, I hope my email explained my hare-brained actions.
Brad here's what I meant about the Joan Rivers comment in my e-mail.
Here's what you have:
"Joan Rivers, who talked
Too fast about too many
Things, said her
Favorite book was
War and Peace, if you skip
The war and concentrate
On love scenes."
and here's my idea for a change:
"Joan Rivers, who talked too fast about too many things, said her favorite book was War and Peace, if you skip the war and concentrate on love scenes."
either that or:
Just an idea. It might add a nice tempo change and give a more hectic feel to Joan Rivers
Anyways, I apoligise to all if I've caused too much of a stink, especially to Brad who invited me here (I hope I didn't embarass you too much). I hope I've explained myself well enough to smooth out any bumps that exist between me and anyone here. Thank you for your time and patience. Take care everyone, sincerely,