Member Rara Avis
In addition, I think I'm gonna do some copying and pasting (because I really don't want to have to type it out again. )
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Personally, I don't find this insulting. You'd find me much more upset if I thought everyone thought everything here was wonderful and perfect. Diversity is not only necessary, but good. Imagine how much less the world (and poetry) would be, if you didn't have the bad to compare the good to. If everyone wrote "good" poetry, there would be no room for improvement. Not ironically, I'm not too far from agreeing with this person. Subjectively, most of us appreciate the poetry here because we've developed relationships with the poets, because we ourselves are poets, or because we can see potential in many of the works. Objectively though, most of the poetry here isn't very good. But the thing is, is that it doesn't have to be. Because - in the time I've been here, I've seen many poets who started out really bad raise the bar a bit and grow to become better. There are several whom I think have a good chance to be great poets given time and effort.
But I can say that, because I know I'm one of the many who still has a very long way to go before being a truly good poet. And I'm cool with that - as long as I'm growing, I still have a chance. I think this person's mistake is overlooking the potential and foregoing the chance for betterment.