Gothic, I think after reading a number of poems you tend to be able to have some feeling for what to expect. For instance put Doreen's poem and Marge's poem together no names attached I could point out the styles straight away. There is a certain comfort in reading poetry from a name and a style you recognise but also there is excitement in reading a new approach or style from a poet you are familiar with. I think that we all stand to learn from different styles. We each have a unique voice with our poems but that is not to say that our styles can not evolve. Yes I do prefer styles that are different to mine, poets with strong bold styles who are exploring subjects in away I know I could not. I enjoy different types of styles, I don't really have a preference as long as the poem connects with me.
the plot of our life sweats in the dark like a face the mystery of childbirth, of childhood itself grave visitations
what is it that calls to us?" patti smith
[This message has been edited by brian madden (edited 07-18-2000).]