Sitting in Michael's Lap
I think the answer to this question depends on two things: how you define "poem," and by what standard you judge the writing of several in a day ...
First (and this is where I will get the boo-and-hiss, I'm sure), in MY opinion (important qualifier, here -- flag-wavers take note!), some of what I read here does not meet my definition of "poetry," at least not in the strictest sense. In fact, some of what I have written myself has been a stretch to meet that standard ...
When I pen a "poem," I feel that I must consider not only content, but the structure and delivery of that content -- else it emerges as only a gaggle of words, hardly suitable for posting on a poetry board. Even in free verse there is some need for structure, but delivery in that case becomes more important:
I saw a beautiful star in the sky
is literally, the same as saying
In oceans spreading there above
of shadows tightly-woven,
there winked in silverness a flame
In challenge to enfolding Dark ...
But the second is obviously more descriptive (though I can't vouch for the poetics -- LOL -- lectures are rather uninspired for the purposes of verse). The best analogy I can think of is that the difference between good poetry and bad poetry is the same as the difference between the novel and the Cliff's notes ... (IMHO)
As far as my second point, the few times that I HAVE posted more than one poem in a day, they have been a long time in coming -- I didn't just sit down for an hour and say "Hey, I think I'll write three poems" and BANG! More often than not, they come from ideas conceived many days or even weeks before, and have been mulled over for some time ... so are they really the work of a day, just because I happened to type and post them in the same 24-hour span? I think not ...
Of course, Sharon, you most likely refer to those persons who do so on a daily basis, in which case I refer you to my first point above. Sorry, but rarely -- no, make that never -- have I read a piece by such a "prolific" writer that inspired me nearly as much as the periodic words of a poet who takes the time to develop his verse before laying it before me ...
Apologetically but firmly,
YOUR LIFE IS A TEST
It is only a test ...
If this were your Actual Life, you would have been given better instructions!
[This message has been edited by Skyfyre (edited 06-15-2000).]