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gothicmoth
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0 posted 07-18-2000 01:24 PM       View Profile for gothicmoth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for gothicmoth

As readers, do you find comfort in seeing any poet's name and kind of knowing what style to expect? Why or why not? As writers, do you find yourself composing in a particular style more frequently? Why or why not? Do you prefer to read a particular style, yet write in a completely different one?

brian madden
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1 posted 07-18-2000 06:33 PM       View Profile for brian madden   Email brian madden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for brian madden

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.

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Brad
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2 posted 07-19-2000 01:40 AM       View Profile for Brad   Email Brad   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Brad

While I like to try new things, I am for very conscious reasons a narrative writer. By the way, I also write poetry for very conscious reasons. I agree with Brian that the more you read a poet the more you become familiar with the style but I'm uncomfortable with the word comfortable. That's not how I would describe it.

I think the enjoyment comes from being able to read someone more subtly than the brand new. The detail comes to the forefront rather than the shock of the new.

Brad
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