I also would like to take part in this discussion. I think that this was the right time to post this, Alicat.
Everyone has his or her personal poetry preferences. And everyone has his or her personal poet preferences. However, I do agree with you that there is a lot of art that is being missed if you pick and choose to whose poetry you want to read and whose poetry you donít. I have been a part of many personal discussions with a few others here at PIP as of late about this topic.
I know I have my pet peeves as to who does what in their posts in Passions. For example, I think all caps in posts are quite bothersome, and posts that have extensive amounts of spelling errors get annoying after a while. But how do they know that you don't like reading that if you don't tell them? And telling them in a nice, constructive way is always a plus. Then, if they choose, they can change that little bit about their posts that might annoy you and they might get a few more replies because of it. What's the harm in that? It ends with you being happy, and the person being happy.
However, I think that many people in Passions are not open to this type of criticism, even if it is conducted in a constructive way. Many take these types of critiques as personal attacks instead of the way they were meant to be taken. I have seen this especially in Teen.
This produces a problem and causes lots of havoc that doesnít need to be a part of PIP. This problem brings about the critique flags. I understand they are there for a reason, but really, Iím sure everyone here has critiqued someoneís poetry even if they didnít have a flag up at the time. It only becomes a problem when the poet who is receiving the replies gets angry, and snaps.
So the solution? Everyone can be a part of that. Itís simple: If you want to be critiqued, make a flag. If you donít, then maybe let everyone know in the post that you arenít looking for critiques. Either way, critiques are should be taken as personal criticism, and not, by all means, as any kind of attack.
With that said, maybe we could all change are ways in PIP. Iím not saying that Iím not a criminal of these same things, and these things I intend to change. But everyone could learn something from the poets here. Take advantage of it! Donít miss out because youíre too proud to read otherís work.
subconsciously, i think i can eat so much to make my stomach hurt, instead of my heart.