Santa Monica, California, USA
Hi Turtle, and thank you for your comments!
First, there is no need to worry about who is a "senior" member or a member astronomical. It's a silly system than only reflects the number of posts someone has made, has nothing do with knowledge, quality of work, or status in this odd community. A "newbie's" comments or work are just as valid, or invalid, as anyone else’s. In fact, if it were not for fresh voices, all the forums would become pretty stale in a hurry. And there are times when that happens anyway.
I've been told to fugue off on any number of occasions. Not a problem.
"RE: I don't know who has been working with you folks, but many of you seem to be under the impression that the first letter of each line in a free verse poem should be capitalized. This is simply incorrect. It is an option in structured verse, but not free verse. (If anyone wants to dispute this point, I would be happy to provide links to web sites that explain this.)"
Well, this is an ongoing discussion. Regardless of what you may have read, learned, taught, or teach, there is no hard and fast "rule" concerning capitalization of first lines in presumably "free verse." Just cutting to the chase, because there are endless "rule breakers" making the rule entirely silly, try Walt Whitman. Or, Auden, Amy Lowell, Hilda Doolittle, Carl Sandburg, T.S Eliot, Ezra Pound… The job of critics and academics is to make up inane rules, inevitably after the fact. (The job of the web seems to be to promulgate nonsense on every conceivable topic, but that’s a different discussion.)
Another discussion involves the ability to distinguish “free verse” from structured verse. Without getting into the merits of this particular poem, a second look might suggest that it is highly structured, though it may not be a familiar structure. One form of the structure involves the use of iambic pentameter with the occasional calculated eccentricity. It is also structured to reflect fugue with both it’s psychological and musical connotations.
Whatever you make of it is what you make it and that’s fine. That’s the reader’s job.