Member Rara Avis
My first instinct was to give a flip answer: of course! Anyone can ask for something, but that doesn't mean they'll get it.
But your question is really a very serious one, and it deserves a serious answer. Unfortunately, I don't really have one. Coincidentally, I spent most of the morning writing an FAQ page for the main Passions site, and one of the issues I address is why some poems don't get posted.
I don't post poems that I think are in bad taste. Yea, I know that's pretty subjective, and I've heard all the arguments about censorship. But Passions is kind of like my home. I love it when people come into my living room to visit, and I think of all our visitors as personal friends. I know that sounds like a cliche, but it's nonetheless true. Still, there are some things no one will take off a friend, some things that just aren't suitable to bring into my living room. Especially when I also have a lot of young people visiting my home.
Like what? We have a section for erotica, and there's a lot of really excellent poetry there. I'm not a prude. But I won't post poems that are little more than descriptions of lurid sex, either. There are places for those, but Passions isn't one of them. I also won't post poems that are pure blood and guts. Same reasoning. Finally, for several months now, I've avoided posting any poems that seem to glorify suicide. While I try to avoid moral judgments, I think people drawn to self-destruction need help, not encouragement. And, yes, you'll find exceptions to all of these rules. Hell, I don't even believe in rules - but I recognize that the alternative is much worse.
But that isn't really an answer to your question at all. That only addresses the issue of what I find objectionable. I'm not an expert on poetry, and I'm sure as hell not an expert on morality. The only reason I make such choices is because I'm in a position where I have to make them (not making a choice would, in itself, be a choice). That doesn't make the choices right, and I know it!
So, what happens when my choices don't coincide with yours? What happens when you find something objectionable and I don't? Do we remove a poem or ban a poster because one person in the forum finds the material offensive? Or should the number be two? Or maybe three? Should we take a vote, and follow the general consensus? Should we simply ask the poster to remove their own offensive work, with the hope and understanding that all of our people are here for the right reasons and will willingly comply?
I don't have any real answers to your very, very excellent question. But maybe that's a good thing. Maybe I'm not the one that should be trying to answer it. I'm already in the position of being the one that has to enforce the rules (with a little help from my friends!). Just as our government has a separation of powers, maybe it would be better if I didn't also have to try to be the legislative and judicial system, too.
Maybe the rules should come from you - and the others on the forum. I'm open to suggestions, my friends ...