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Michael Shepherd Male, 85, United Kingdom (8/24/2005 4:02:00 PM)

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.. and you forgot the fifth thing, Lamont - you might even get a polite, helpful suggestion or two, via the messaging service... something far more valuable than the other four, and not infrequent, happily...

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  • Rookie - 1st Stage Lamont Palmer (8/24/2005 4:47:00 PM) Post reply | Read 3 replies

    Mike, heres a question for you, if you see this...why is bad poetry so tolerated or sometimes justified in ways that bad violin playing, or bad pitching in even a little league baseball game, or bad acting in a community theatre isnt tolerated? Is it because poetry seems to be more personal? One would feel no reservation, after listening to an amateurish and horrible violin solo, to say, 'that was really bad'. Why is poetry different?

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    • Nicholas Roehl (8/27/2005 1:36:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      I know the question wasn't for me, so you can ignore the answer if you choose. Bad violin playing, bad pitching in a little league baseball game, and bad acting in a community theatre are all attempt ... more

    • Michael Shepherd (8/25/2005 6:35:00 AM) Post reply

      Aw c'mon, Lamont - ever been to a school play, concert, poetry-reading, sports day, you name it, anything 'educational? Packed with parents bursting with pride, digitalling, videoing... The world is f ... more

    • Poetry Hound (8/24/2005 5:30:00 PM) Post reply

      It's no different. Would you really go up to someone and tell them that their violin solo was really bad?

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