Sorry to put a dampener on your 'fires of darkness' (heheh) but I've not seen much dark poetry in Dark Poetry. Most of it is cliched, uses dead metaphors (and another heheh) therefore does nothing to *convey the obscure.
My opinion of much Dark Poetry; teenage goths hanging around the village graveyard, scribbling their naive horrors.
I see more scope for darkness in Spiritual...mwahahahahaha.
I will agree with LeeJ's comment that suggests perhaps a contemporary darkness can be found in political poems, and also familiar poetry. It's not *all cobwebs, demons, hating yourself, musing about blood-letting, and how you feel about being abandoned, you know.
(And Now, for a Bit Of Trumpet Blowing, Check My Poem Out In Dark Poetry, Entitled "Beehivoral Therapy"! Already, it's on page 2...Trapped in one big compound eye? Yeah man.)
I asterisked some parts to highlight that, while these subjects are worthy, the cliched rendering of them lessens my opinion of them as 'dark' poetry. People don't look into 'cliched' remarks, just as some don't embrace darkness. A double whammy. In my opinion, you have to lead people into darkness through interest, and most poets/people here aren't interested in stock examples; they need the unique essence.
I would reiterate that darkness, just as lightness, cannot be compounded into one definition (compare Plato's 'Symposium' to Herbaliser's 'Saturday Night'. I would suggest that lovers of darkness should look further from their designated forum, to see what's really *obscuring light. Ditto, for those desiring light; pop into the darkness forum, and realise there's little inky blackness! (but, I keep on searching...!)
As for the argument as to whether dark is better for conveying emotion...who gave the goths the authority of conveying emotions? Heck, the opposite of Gothic's got to be Country and Western, both equally emotional.
It's not about whether the dark atmosphere is better at conveying emotion as the light atmosphere. All good poems invoke an emotional, sensual, stirring response.
[This message has been edited by kif kif (07-01-2006 03:19 PM).]