Member Rara Avis
Isn't that annoying?
I know that personally, the odds of me reading a poem, when written next to the title are phrases such as:
"Let me know what you think"
That the odds of me reading that poem decrease substantially.
Now I understand that many people, (myself included,) enjoy and thrive off of the responses of others. But to me, placing words such as those next to the title implies that they deserve more attention simply because they ask for it.
Or perhaps, as a friend was suggesting the other day, they feel that their poem is not going to be responded on because they don't have faith in it.
This branches off to two section.
#1: They think the poem isn't good, but want to hear good things about it anyway.
IMHO, this is silly. If you want to hear someone lie to you, call a psychic on the 900 lines. If you want honest critique, then sit back and wait for it. If your poem is not good, and people don't respond to it, consider reworking it.
#2: They want honest criticism, but are unwilling to place the poem in CA.
IMOH again, this is silly. This clogs up the main forum with many pieces that would be better suited in CA. If someone feels that their poetry is not "finished," or is in need of some help, then perhaps CA is where they need to take it.
I for one know I will read no poetry in Open with begging entreaties attached in parentheses next to the title.
End of rant.