If you quote me, do me the service of posting my complete quote, not just portions of it.
I was raised with the adage 'if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all', although I was never very good at following that sound advice I try not to instigate things, but I have never shied away from a vigorous response when felt compelled.
I'm sorry that you've been brought up to think that anyone with any other opinion different than yours is "not very nice", "disgusting", "wrong", "baseless"...etc.
Do you see the disparity? I do.
I never felt your OPINION was wrong, it is afterall an opinion, I was inscensed at the way you expressed that opinion. What you said is irrelevant to my feelings on the subject, it was how and where you said it that I was offended by.
Finally, you've apologized to Ron and that is great, and now you've posted a reply here telling us all that it was done and that is great. You've asked if I wanted blood, no, not at all.
However, it is fair to point out that your questioning of this thread and it's validity came after you made your peace with Ron and I had posted this thread before you made your peace and before the other thread was closed by your request. That you did so was a good thing, that you come here to insinuate something about my character because of that, not such a good thing. If the thread had alread had been closed, I would have never posted my RANT to begin with.
So for me, I'm done. Except for Crazy Eddie:
So you have decided not to read his/her poems to show your solidarity for Ron and the others, do you believe Ron is incapable of standing up for himself and do you believe heís in favour of your stand on his behalf?
Actually, I chose, and/or choose to read or not read any poet on this site for me, and my reasons in support of me, and I think I made that abundantly clear that any decision I make regarding whose poetry I would or would not be experiencing is for ME.
Do I feel others here including Ron were done a disservice? Absolutely. Do I feel that just because of that I would quit reading someone's poetry? No. I made my decision based on how I felt about the whole thing. I was disgusted, I make the decision to read (or not) work based on that.
"boycott" is a means of coercion, you insinuate that my choice is made in an effort to illicit some sort of change, or rally the troops against certain poets.
I have no aim, I have no such desire. I merely want to distance myself from certain poets for a while till the taste of bile recedes. I have not asked anyone to 'boycott' anyone else, I have not asked anyone here to do anything at all regarding this faux pas.
As for it being childish, it may be. But I would rather be a bit childish and give myself time to unwrap myself from something I found reprehensible, than experience another unpleasant alternative.
As for why my personal decisions are of such great concern of yours, I really do not understand.
Yesterday is ash, tomorrow is smoke; only today does the fire burn.
Nil Desperandum, Fata viem invenient