South Carolina, USA
Recently, I was out of town on a job assignment
for about a week....I am clueless, but something
changed dramatically during that period of time.
At least in my mind and perception...
PIP has always been a pleasurable place to me. But
in recent days, I have seen an increase in turmoil
and argument between poets through forums such as
this or others that I don't care to mention.
It bothers me to see so much going on in here that
is not healthy for any of us. The internet is a
difficult place to communicate on. It is very easy
to misconstrue or misunderstand a point made. It
is easy to take something in a way that is not
intended.......WHY... In my opinion, the lack of
voice, the lack of seeing one's face, their body
language, the glare or lack of glare from their
eyes...all of these are tools given to us that we
might more effectively communicate to others...
IMHO....to ensure we communicate correctly....I
recommend that we don't use this less than adequate
medium when the opportunity stands before us to
cause another person to misunderstand a remark, to
take it personally AND retaliate by their use of
what is simply the desire to stay on top of the
situation, not reach a halfway point that is an
I see so many comments that are comments to
comments to comments, ad nauseum...and frankly,
it detracts heavily from my poetic warmth that I
felt before recent times....
And NO, I am not leaving PIP.....I am still happy
to be here, for I feel this place is top notch,
even on a bad day or week...
I just want some of you, no names mentioned (or
even thought) to read what I have written and
try to put things in perspective....it seems that
there is a lot less of that flying around here
recently than I have seen in quite some time....
[This message has been edited by Magnus (01-31-2004 06:47 PM).]