May 16, 2007

Read the Comments too!

I know there are not many out there reading this (hey, that's why these sites have counters on them), but I recommend that those that do should check the "comments" at the end of the postings to see what others are saying about the Blog & whatever it is that I wrote. For some reason my Blog on the April 10 open mic at "Black Door" has drawn a lot of reactions -- see what you think.

Blogspot is a little funny, calling you "Anonymous" if you don't have blog on their site, but one can always sign a name in the entry. In fact, most of those of you who have commented do. But, as my old Grandma once said, "there is at least one asshole in every crowd". I don't put much stock in the comments of those who don't leave a name, not owning up to your remarks is chicken shit & won't get a response.

If you can't stand by it, don't say it.

3 comments:

tim verhaegen said...

I tried to comment to the Black Door "older post" but i hit publish comment to no avail.

In response to the last comment on the "Black Door", i think Dan Wilcox is doing a service by explaining the positive and the negative aspects of the poetry scene.

One can ask the question does a person want to attend a poetry event if they have been criticized. Good question.

Another good question is do poets want to attend poetry readings where the featured poet is self indulgent or ill prepared? Do poets want to attend if an open mic poet reads a six page poem they wrote two hours before without edit?

When I hear a poet say "i write for myself", the question arises "whose the audience?" If a poet "writes for himself" and that poet thinks "if the audience doesn't understand it, thats their problem."

The question arises why should the audience read the poem? why should the audience listen to the poem?

If you're going to an open mic with poems you 'write for yourself", if you'e going to a open mic for yourself, only yourself, you should stay home.

- Tim Verhaegen

Dan Wilcox said...

Thanks Tim -- check out Therese's comments from May 9 on her blog (http://poetry.blog-city.com) about the purpose of poetry.
DWx

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