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Jefferson Carter Jefferson Carter Male, 91, United States (10/27/2013 10:21:00 AM)

I sympathize with Hogg and Wordjunkie's comments below about the nasty tenor of comments PHers make about each other's poems and personalities. I'll try to be more temperate in my remarks, but as long as the aspiring poets here think poetry is self-expression, any critique of their work will be seen as mean.

My advice to poet-wannabes is almost always the same: stop writing for a year or so, start reading good contemporary poetry, and perhaps even open a basic book about poetics. Anything less and you'll expose yourself as someone addicted to the idea of being SEEN as a poet, not someone who actually wants to write decent verse.

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