Lansing, MI USA
It would seem to me, Sir, that you’re more upset about your poem being moved to Adult, than you are about wanting another Forum.
Believe it or not, we’ve had this discussion before. . . and it always winds up the same. People, whether they mean it or not, seem to come off like their work is “not the same” as some of the things that they see over in Adult.
True, Adult mainly contains erotic and sensual writing, but we’ve also had topics there that were “Adult” in nature that didn’t contain any erotic thoughts or feelings. The phrase that we use there is “Mature topics”. Now, for most people, that means erotica (I’ve always wondered why). But, that phrase means so much more than that. It means that you’re able to explore feelings and words that you probably couldn’t use in Open (within Passions’ guidelines of course).
Now, I’ve seen some things in Open recently that I feel don’t belong there. People have been far too liberal with the graphics that they’re choosing to illustrate their poems. (Most of the time, the poems aren’t “Adult” in nature, but the graphics they use are.) And I don’t envy the Moderators of Open the task of deciding what stays and what goes. Also, there’s the matter of what the poem actually says that decides what stays and what gets moved to “Adult”. (There’s also a consideration here of not turning Adult into a “dumping ground”, but that’s another discussion.) It’s a very fine line, one that too many people seem to be walking just because (in my opinion) they don’t want their work to be considered “Adult”.
Now, then, when we had this discussion earlier, the point was made that if a work was placed in Adult, that it wouldn’t get seen by a lot of people. Well, I’ve got some news for you, we’ve got more “lurkers” in Adult than I think most people realize. Why don’t they make themselves more known? There are a myriad of reasons, most of which you can probably already figure out for yourself.
Adult runs the gamut. It really does. We’ve got the soft, sensual works there, and we’ve got the hardcore, blatantly sexual works there. I’ll admit to writing both. We allow people to explore that side of themselves, in a place where we admire good writing, and where we just like to have fun!
So, back to the question at hand, “Do we need another forum for this?” The answer is, again, “NO”. There’s no shame in being in Adult, people won’t think any less of you because you have a poem there, in fact, we’ll applaud you for being there!! There’s always room for more excellent Adult writing and Adult poets.
Let me also say that, as I have said before, “rating” of Adult poems is something that I will not do. I don’t feel that it’s necessary. Mainly because my idea of what an “R” rated poem would be is probably someone else’s idea of and “X” rated poem. My work is my work, that’s it.
To the world, you may only be one person. But to one person, you may be the world.