Member Rara Avis
Glad to have you here, SQ.
I like what Sen says about the best one is the next one. That's a hopeful statement to like, and one I think all writers who want to grow and learn take to heart. Even if it's not your best job, you're gonna do something else, and just keep on moving forward.
I think for really entrenched, established poets, it's easier to give them a critique with more muscle and skin to it, not just bone. They'll write on -- they'll survive this. But for someone brand new, I try to go easy. I want to nourish them, give them room to grow, not stand overhead like a huge oak and choke out all their sun.
Oh, one thing you'll find about me? I talk in images like this all the time. Drives me nuts.
As for some critiques being too gentle ... yes, there are. But I find that a lot of people might read a piece of mine and not reply, because they simple do not know what to say. I feel the same way reading many of the poets here, but I always try and leave something behind, even if it becomes as small as just one smile.