January 23, 2014 · 6:45 PM
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To be critiqued, please bring copies of your poem. Thank you. We try to support and encourage. All poets are welcome!
How does one critique a poem...? What is the poet trying to say? Does he or she get the message across? If not, how can the poet say it better? What are the good points in the piece? What are the parts that need work?
The purpose of the Critique is to help the poet. Please try to be constructive in your criticism. Support. Encourage. We don't always pat-you-on-the-back, we try to get you to write your best work, so you can grow as a poet. The aim of the critique is to give the poet some ideas where the problems are in the piece, as well as which parts work well. //// As a guideline, it's best for the poet to remain silent until after the critique, when we open it up for comments. We are a peer group. Everyone has a say. The poet always has the final say. It is his poem! Keep writing!
(Please mute cell phones, or please leave the area if they ring. Thank you.)
(Would like to highly recommend Frances Mayes' book, "The Discovery of Poetry---a field guide to Reading and Writing Poems".)