As beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder, it might be difficult to sort through the volume of open forum posts and isolate the top quality poems. What criteria to use? Visual impact/presentation?
Flow, cadence, meter, rhyme? Feelings/emotions ? Unique imagery? Difficulty/uniqueness of subject matter?
I like to pick and choose for myself, and after reading several posts by each writer, I tend to have a feel for whether or not I'll read their future posts if I'm at all pressed for time. Hate to say it, but sometimes it comes down to time or the lack therof. Yet some days, I'll go first to the newest poets or even the ones with few "hits"
and give them some extra time and attention. I don't want or expect people to "line up" at my door just because I've made them smile or laugh or cry in the past (though it's nice to see reader replies ) I love it when someone sees or feels what I meant, and just as often enjoy a different POV, one I may not have intended. And each week, I try to find some way to improve my writing.
Now I am just rambling on and on. The idea for an Open Forums Favorites, picked by moderators, readers, etc might be fun. That sounds like a daunting task!!!
Thanks for the inspiring Suggestion thread.
[This message has been edited by Midnitesun (edited 12-03-2001).]