well, I ended up here at the alley cause I am stuffing envelopes at work and was looking for reading material to keep occupied, and julie, I am not sure what you mean either, have seen no really bad critiques.
I find the lack of responses to be the worst offense. I will read a poem, and not be able to critique or give an opinion period other than "I don't understand this" (which either says something about me as the reader or something about the poem), and so ask the author to discuss it with me and clarify the meaning, and I wait days and days and they never post again.
This I find frustrating.
and on mine, even if I am stubborn and hard headed and changed not a word on one of my poems, I learn from critiques and try to apply it to my next work...I love reading a good critique, brad's and trevor's on any poems, not just mine, help me lots, they help expand the mind and let me see things in more than one way, and that is a good thing, I am not always right, *g* I found that out the hard way.
and I am hungry, stayed in for lunch, trevor and doreen are you guys sharing that sandwhich? *g*
oh and doreen, have been interested in your further comments on your poem God don't tell no secrets(please excuse if I didn't get the title quiet right, but I loved the poem)....hope to see you in critical
oh and julie, one more thing, I totally agree with what was said above, we are all just people, you take what you can use and discard the rest, not everyone will see exactly what you meant your poem to be....but something is better than nothing.
I recently posted a poem in critical because I felt uneasy if I the author got my point across, and got only one response from a reader who said it was vague.
I looked at it and looked at it and finally posted in open poetry and got applause from some of the poets that I really admire. Now I didn't write it for applause, but a "BRAVO" from a poet like hoot will make any one feel a little better about writing.
my point? it is all relative, you take what helps you, and if someone posts something off the wall, disregard.
and heres hugs, glad to see you bringing up points such as these, it helps everyone to discuss
[This message has been edited by Iloveit (edited 10-19-1999).]