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catalinamoon
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0 posted 06-24-2001 07:35 PM       View Profile for catalinamoon   Email catalinamoon   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit catalinamoon's Home Page   View IP for catalinamoon

I seem to be running out of things to say in reply to someone's poem. I never have been a "critical analysis" type, and I am running out of ways to say I really like something. So..sorry if some of my replies are boring. I'm actually quite creative-sometimes.  
Anyone else thinking this is a problem for you too?
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1 posted 06-24-2001 07:45 PM       View Profile for SEA   Email SEA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SEA

I used to worry about it, but I'm honest every time I answer. If I love it, I love it.   If I think it was wonderful, that's what I say. I try not to write a book when replying. So honest short and sweet  
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2 posted 06-24-2001 08:10 PM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

Is it possible to be wholly honest in Open?

Just throwing out a thorn here...is every poem beautiful? (The most common word in reply there I think, and yes I'm generalising).

I often say 'good' or 'nice' and feel more than boring. I feel somehow insulting...

believe me - if I say a poem's good I mean it haha...

So Sandra...just say what you really have it in you to say at the time. The author will appreciate it I hope  

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3 posted 06-24-2001 10:52 PM       View Profile for Spice   Email Spice   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Spice's Home Page   View IP for Spice

To be honest...I feel kinda silly replying to poems. Poetry is new to me. I'm no pro. If I like it- I say so. I don't analyze it cause I don't know what I'm suppose to be analyzing. I just read it. Syllable counts and meter and whatever don't matter. Thats all too new to me. It's the message, the thoughts that I look at. And when someone replies to something I have written...Whether they give me this huge book on what they thought about it, or a simple "Nice read"... I appreciate it. It makes me feel good that someone took the time to read my "poetry."

You wouldn't worry about what people thought about you if you knew how seldom they did.

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4 posted 06-24-2001 11:11 PM       View Profile for hush   Email hush   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for hush

Personally, when I reply to poetry, I try to tell the author what I did (or didn't) like about the poem- then you know that the person honestly and truly enjoyed your work, or that it was at least interesting enough to provoke their thought process.

I know that a lot of people in forums like this get hung up on #'s of posts, or replying enough so that the number of poems they post is balanced or whatever so they feel justified in posting 5 things a day, so when I get simple one-liner that just says 'good job' w/o saying why it's good, I feel like my poem is being put thru the assembly line.

Personally, if I can't find something more to say than 'good job', if a poem (outside of the critique forum) doesn't impress me enough that I have something to say about it, either what I thought was well done, or what was neat about the content/message, I don't bother replying. It's a waste of my time, and it's a waste of time for the author reading the endless "good" "beautiful" "nice work" comments.

everything's fine.

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5 posted 06-25-2001 05:16 PM       View Profile for brian madden   Email brian madden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for brian madden

If I like a poem I will respond, usually with the cliched "great" "brillant"
it is hard almost impossible to keep with all the poetry and I don't have time to go in depth into every poem I read, sometimes I don't have the words to express my feelings about a poem. I am relieved to that I am not the only one who thinks they are guilty of boring responses
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6 posted 06-25-2001 05:48 PM       View Profile for catalinamoon   Email catalinamoon   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit catalinamoon's Home Page   View IP for catalinamoon

Personally, I am happy to have anyone take the time to write anything at all on one of my poems. So since I am not alone here, I guess I will quit worrying.
Thanks everyone for your opinions.
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7 posted 06-25-2001 06:26 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

The most boring response? Is NO response.  
Hugs, lady! No one should be critiquing replies anyway....sigh...
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8 posted 06-25-2001 08:35 PM       View Profile for Dopey Dope   Email Dopey Dope   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dopey Dope

Serenity i was ready to come up with somebody to say in this thread, but geesh.....YOU said it perfectly!
I agree 100% with you.
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9 posted 06-25-2001 08:50 PM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

No one should be no, but they do. Human nature?

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10 posted 06-25-2001 09:50 PM       View Profile for Fading Away   Email Fading Away   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Fading Away

Okay, Servern just got me confused...

As for the topic in this thread, There's no such thing as a boring reply.  The writer of the poem wants to hear your thoughts about his or her work nonetheless.

--Marie

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11 posted 06-26-2001 01:36 AM       View Profile for Paula Finn   Email Paula Finn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Paula Finn

I have a real difficult time replying to poems...a poem is such a personal thing...that for me to critique it is near impossible...and to reply? Thats hard....so I do say lots of "beautifuls" and "lovely's"...may not be the most eloquent of replies....but I do read and feel...and isnt that what you want when I read what you write?
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12 posted 06-26-2001 01:58 AM       View Profile for JLR   Email JLR   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JLR

Good question!  Usually by the time I get on here at night, I'm physically exhausted and my brain is reeling from too much sensation at work.  I read a lot more than I respond.  This is how I wind down, how I refocus.  I read many poems that I'd like to respond to but sometimes just don't have the energy.  Sometimes, I'd just like to say, 'I read this'...bump.  Because the poem deserves to be read again and I'd like the writer to know that I did read.  Anyway, I can relate because I overuse words, also in responding...but they are always honest.  Repetitive but still true.
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13 posted 06-26-2001 08:12 AM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

Heres a thought ... if you really like a poem and you want to reply but dont know what to say or how to say it...try highlighting and cut and paste a few lines or the verse that effected you the most and tell the author that...I cant count the emails I have gotten from poets saying how much they liked knowing which lines were the ones that hit home.
I know it takes a bit more time and effort
but anyway...its a thought for those who want to say more but dont know how to convey what they liked about the poem.

and Kamala..or anyone else for that matter--you can come and crit and be totally honest on any poem I post..those are the kind of reads I love most...those are the reads we learn and grow from...and I like seeing my poetry thru someone elses eyes...thats how I can evolve...I know there is a fear of offending when we reply offering suggestions for changes...but as long as its done with a teaching approach we should, as poets, be able to handle it.
And isnt that the point of the "welcomes critique" feature Ron gave us?

oh yeah...Kam...beware of cliche' overload on my poems     LOL
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14 posted 06-26-2001 12:05 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Have NEVER had a problem letting someone know that I liked, loved, enjoyed, was WOWED, was moved, was touched, was moved to tears, was reminded - through their beautiful, stirring, lovely, poignant, refreshingly unique, touching, sad, happy, gleeful, uplifting and plain downright gorgeous poetry !

They've made me laugh, made me cry, made me giggle, tickled my fancy, inspired me, and comforted me ... all in the name of poetry.

Even left a   or two, now and then.
Don't worry, CatalinaMoon ...
SINCERE appreciation is the only way to go !

Just ENJOYING what I've read and letting someone know I ENJOYED it ... says volumes, in my honest opinion.
And Lord knows, I've got lots of those !
*Hugs*
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