Jejudo, South Korea
Thanks to everyone who contributed.
I hope that's not the case.
Okay. And thanks. It was a good run.
My love of writing keeps me writing, but it's not what motivates me to provide these Internet venues for other writers. Poetry, for me, will always place a distant second to poets. It's the people who count most. My objective for this site and most others I run has always been to encourage writers to write. I like to give them the tools to both write and write better, but honestly the latter has always been a secondary goal. Improvement depends as much on time and desire, I think, as on tools or advice from others. I believe that if people continue writing most will inevitably get better at it. More importantly, most will learn to want to get better at it.
*Sigh* Unfortunately, this misses the point entirely.
I don't think our, or if you want my, goal has been to "improve" a person's poetry at the expense of the person.
The "Aesthetic" or "Poetic" or "Transcendent" moment that some of us have experienced is not something that can ever push people out of the picture. The reverse, a focus on people or poets, on the other hand, pushes out that moment.
And that, at least for me, hurts people.
People are going to be hurt with or without us. I don't see you getting less headaches from this move but if you think so, so be it.
I've seen too many things happen here that have nothing to do with CA. People, myself included of course, can be childish, hyper-sensitive, and vindictive with or without CA.
Frankly, some of it has been down right hilarious. Looking at other sites, the same thing happens there -- regardless of their commitment to criticism. I'll post a couple of links tomorrow for those interested.
Back to my main point, I've never had any illusions that we were gonna get great poetry from critiquing. As far as I can tell, that's not how it works. The very process of reading closely, of showing when and where and how one reacts, does not help the poet, it helps the reader doing the close reading.
That's why we want people to contribute; that's why we want people to read more seriously.
And that helps the writing.
Which in turn helps the reader.
And readers are people, aren't they?
Thanks, Ron. You've been a great and patient host. You may not have seen them, but there have been many great moments here. Perhaps not enough, perhaps too much of the other stuff, but the other stuff should never diminish those moments.
Because that diminishes the people behind those moments.
PS "Diminish" is the wrong word in that last sentence. You can't diminish people, you can only see their efforts as less important than they were. Anybody got a better word?
[This message has been edited by Brad (03-14-2009 07:26 AM).]