Peggy W.



Eugene, OR

Organizer since:

May 15, 2014

What is your experience with the arts?

I'm an avid reader and English teacher who has been keeping a journal since I was nine years old. I've been writing poetry off and on for more than twenty years. I also play piano, and love to draw and paint (though I'm not very good at it). I also enjoy graphic and web design which I do on a professional and personal basis.

What do you hope to get out of this group?

I am looking to meet other poetry lovers who would like to listen, share and critique work in order to help us all improve our craft.

What do you think are some guidlines for making critisicm useful to a writer?

A good poetry critic: 1. reads the poem intelligently. 2. notes his own response to it AND what in the poem caused that response. 3. should be able to tell when a poet is trying to be ironic or funny or tragic, or should at least know that he isn't getting it. 4. should be good at communicating his response to the poem. 5. considers not only their own tastes, but what others may like. 6. criticizes the poem, not the poet. 7. there to see that the poet is helped, not harmed. 8. knows the basics of communication such as being able to get your point across, not interrupting others, being able to listen to and acknowledge others, etc. It's important to know the difference between exchanging viewpoints (which is what's wanted) and arguing (which is useless, because arguers are simply fighting off the viewpoints of others). The writer answering a critic isn't arguing if some exchange of viewpoints occurs.


Poetry Lover, English Teacher, Smiley Girl, Chief Mom, Wife of Matthew, Music Enthusiast, Gardening Newbie, Tech Guru and Proud Introvert.

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