Sitting in Michael's Lap
Ali: You said it! If you feel the need to butcher the English language, please doesn't call it "poetry."
Michael: *blinking* Thank you, I think I'm deaf now ... yes, the "read and reply" entreaties get on my nerves as well. I, for one, would rather let my poem stand on its own -- and if it fades into obscurity, so be it. At least I didn't beg anyone to read it ...
Sunshine: I'll lean close to listen to you whisper anyday, sweetie ... thanks for your two (four?) cents ...
Sharon: ACK! I CanT STanD ThIS sOrT oF TypING ... tacky, just tacky ... and I'm glad you agree with me about the hokey pokey!
Marge: That's weird about the parens booting you ... what a choosy server you must have! At any rate, while it *may* be true that *other* (less worthy, less interesting, less passionate) poetry sites might REQUIRE the title to be in all caps, it only takes a modicum of intelligence to notice that such is NOT the case here with one glance at any of our forums -- the all-caps titles stick out like a sore thumb because they are the exception, not the rule. While I agree with your policy of welcoming new members, I'm afraid that given the volume of new members we get daily and the small amount of time I (and, I assume, other members) have to dedicate to this board, I think I'd rather confine my efforts to reading poetry, thank you.
Dopey: amen, brother.
Karen: I'd consider a "shouted" title enough of a warning, wouldn't you? Especially when it is accompanied by a username also in ALL CAPS!
Romy: You learn something new every day ... LOL
JM: sprinkles, huh? *locking JM in the shouting box with Michael*
rascalx: are you saying that these poets are using the all-caps as a "trademark?" If so, it's not very original ... there are several that do so ... kinda defeats the purpose of the trademark thing, no?
vlraynes: by the numbers, shall we?
1)Why did you come to Passions in the first
I did a search on "poetry" because I was looking for some suitable love poetry to send to a friend.
2)What was it that brought you here?
3)Did you come here so you could pick apart
the posting styles of other poets?
Yes ... it's called "constructive criticism" -- and giving or receiving it is (or should be) an important part of the growing process of ANY good poet. If someone can give me advice that makes my poetry better -- such as "please don't type your title and/or poem in all caps, it makes it difficult to read and appreciate" -- then I say "Fire away!"
4)Did you come here to judge others on there
personal preferences concerning the use of
capital letters, elipses, or anything else
they may choose to use in the posting of
See above -- yes. Not to mention that constructive criticism includes correct use of grammar ... ("there personal preferences..?")
5)Or...did you, perhaps, come to Passions
to meet other poets, read there work, share yours with them, and generally to enjoy the gift of poetry?
Yes, yes, and yes ... but I do not consider this a "pity party" ... this is not a support group in a clinical sense, in that we all must tread on eggshells lest we disrupt one another's delicate mental state ... we are poets -- artists, and as such, we should be open-minded to the ideas of others, which includes criticism gently given. Personally, if I were a newbie who could make a small change such as the ones suggested above in order to assure that my posts would be read by more people, I would sincerely appreciate anyone who dropped the suggestion.
Just my take. Thanks to everyone for reading and replying.
[This message has been edited by Skyfyre (edited 07-05-2001).]