Lot's of new faces while I've been away busy and quite a few old ones seem to still be around. What is it about this site that keeps us coming back even when definately know we have no time to do so.
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Is it the layout? I've seen sites that carefully wrap your words in silk and graces, and do a good job as well. I seen people leave because their opinions and words have caused arguments. I've seen people reply to comments left on poetry posted years ago, so they are still in touch.
Probably the best thing I've seen is the development of peoples writing, but I must admit the thing I like the most, and learn the most from, is the hundreds of different views posted in response to peoples work. I am sure that this is what makes this site unique. As much importance is given to the presentation of comments as the actual work itself... and isn't that where we all learn!
Lot's of new faces (or should I say hands), though I have noticed a lot more work not being commented on, which is a shame. Writers want comments, your opinions count, it doesn't matter what standard you think your writing is at, I for one need reaction to see what I need to do to improve. I do not write poetry for poets or writers I write it for readers! (and myself of course)
Don't be afraid to comment, don't be afraid to challenge of reject a comment, your work is your own, your views are your own. And incidently this is only my views and opinions I have no conection with any of the people running or staffing this site.
I love poetry, I will rhyme anything as I feel it improves the power of my writing.... a view not shared by a lot these days. I am fortunate I never have to force rhyme I would scrap the piece if it needed this amount of attention, I'm far too lazy!
I have great difficulty, even now, in knowing what makes a freewritten piece poetry, and seldom comment on freewriting for that reason. The only way I can desribe this is to say that when I have read a poem and didn't realise it was not in rhyme, then it is poetry. I know a few of my colleaugues in the other camp say the same... when they read a piece and do not realise it rhymes it is poetry!
Anyway I've rambled long enough and will just end by saying I have attempted to start a new thread, I am not sure if people new to the site have been involved in these. We have had some damn good threads on Lit that have lasted for weeks, the 'Lit Org Ball' to name just one.
It is just a matter of putting your poetic submission into the comments on the THREAD...easy, have fun. Oh.. and on this occasion please write a load of shite!
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