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PostPosted: Sat Oct 9 16:07:06 EDT 2010    Post subject: Do you post everything you write? Reply with quote

Do you post every poem you write? Even if you don't like it, or think anyone else will?

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 9 17:04:05 EDT 2010    Post subject: Re: Do you post everything you write? Reply with quote

i have poems that i've written that i will never post, for varying reasons. i've posted poems that i thought people would hate, and some of them have received more comments than my usual writes. art is a matter of taste. thank god we don't all have the same palate!

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 9 18:40:52 EDT 2010    Post subject: Re: Do you post everything you write? Reply with quote

Thanks, I think i might post it once my proofreader dude gets back to me!

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 9 19:42:05 EDT 2010    Post subject: Re: Do you post everything you write? Reply with quote

if you ever want feedback before posting in the forums, you can message me...sometimes i ask other poets to help me out privately before letting the whole gp world have at it...

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 9 20:22:04 EDT 2010    Post subject: Re: Do you post everything you write? Reply with quote

Thanks, I might have to take your up on that offer.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 9 21:37:25 EDT 2010    Post subject: Re: Do you post everything you write? Reply with quote

I used to be nervous to go into
these workshops, or comment,
gotten better over time, I think
it's useful to post poems I'm unsure
of, open myself up to feedback yikes
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25 15:52:30 EDT 2011    Post subject: Re: Do you post everything you write? Reply with quote

Beware, those of you who enter contests. Posting your work on GP or othr public poetry sites can be considered by contest sponsors as publishing your work. I've been entering several contests for the last several months with a collection I made of about 80 poems, and I had to remove most of them from here to be able to submit it. Eventually, I'll post them back and remove another set for my next round of submissions.

I really like having my work available online, and greatly value the workshops, so I'll continue to post new work until such time as I include it in a contest grouping.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13 11:38:25 EDT 2011    Post subject: Re: Do you post everything you write? Reply with quote

I'm usually capable of penning 2-3 poems in any given month. I'm a prosaic poet, so the average length of any one of my poems is usually 2-3 "small" poems for others.

I've never had any qualms about posting any of my work here at GP. I figure if I don't piss at least a few people off with something I write I'm not doing it right. Nothing is ever really "too personal" to me because I generally delete myself (there is no "I" in my poetry in a literal sense, only in a character speaking of him/herself) on a personal level in the work I pen... err... type. I don't personally exist on a direct level in my work, only indirectly through my characters who speak on my behalf (and sometimes very vocally).

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17 15:56:38 EDT 2011    Post subject: Re: Do you post everything you write? Reply with quote

Crowded_Fire wrote:
Do you post every poem you write? Even if you don't like it, or think anyone else will?

God no. I post most of my poems to the paperbasket, or to the void of the recycle bin. More should go there than do, in truth.

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PostPosted: Tue May 17 13:05:28 EDT 2011    Post subject: Re: Do you post everything you write? Reply with quote

I have piles of notes and poems in various stages of completion. Some may get finished, others may not.

And there are a few finished pieces (and by "finished" I mean "ready for workshop") that may never see the light of day, for personal reasons.

Then there is the stuff I wrote in high school and college. I will never post it. You can't make me.

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PostPosted: Tue May 17 15:46:10 EDT 2011    Post subject: Re: Do you post everything you write? Reply with quote

fogglethorpe wrote:

Then there is the stuff I wrote in high school and college. I will never post it. You can't make me.

It would actually be entertaining to post up some of our high school stuff just so we can have a good laugh at it. Hugh, I'll go for it if you do!

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PostPosted: Wed May 18 9:21:57 EDT 2011    Post subject: Re: Do you post everything you write? Reply with quote

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It would actually be entertaining to post up some of our high school stuff just so we can have a good laugh at it. Hugh, I'll go for it if you do!

j.p.

Hmm..you may have to go first.

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PostPosted: Wed May 18 13:51:47 EDT 2011    Post subject: Re: Do you post everything you write? Reply with quote

I have burned up/trashed/ or lost anything I wrote from art school days twenty plus years ago. The only line I remember from anything is " with each breath I inhaled, the sky grew pale " oh so deep...ha ha. I will at times write five different versions and forms of any idea I have if I am uncertain. A Villanelle can really help you pace, whereas an Italian Sonnet can force you to work within a less difficult structure. If unsure which we can all be at times be not afraid to post up for feedback. Sometimes it take a different set of eyes and ears to figure out what we as writers are missing.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11 16:35:39 EDT 2011    Post subject: Re: Do you post everything you write? Reply with quote

no! no! no! there are stacks of poems I have written as angry poems when I was so mad at someone the only way I could get control of that anger was to write it out. I would never post those poems as the anger passes, we make up, but the poem would be there as a constant reminder. i have poems I worked on and tried to get where I wanted them to go, but they never worked out and they too are in my trash stack. There are poems posted that are so personal I wonder what the poet was thinking when they posted it for the public to see. To me there are public poems, personal poems, and trash Smile. I only post the ones that the general public could appreciate and that actually turn out as intended.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 2 7:11:27 EDT 2011    Post subject: Re: Do you post everything you write? Reply with quote

Well for me 99% of what I write in English goes to GP, for me poetry in English is a challenge, I want to write and think better English, for it is not my native language. And I can appreciate and be very thankful for all the help I have received over the years I have been here.
I must confess that I have deleted some of my old poems which I intend to re-write some day, maybe.
The thing is that GP brought me back to my school days, if you know what I mean, back to study Grammar.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15 19:08:49 EST 2011    Post subject: Re: Do you post everything you write? Reply with quote

I don't but then again, most of poems, are products of multiple re-writes, therefore I feel embarrassed putting something out that isn't clear in its intentions. With the same breath however, nothing is ever finished, and even poems that I feel okay putting out, I would also feel okay with putting in a work shop because if it is good, then no one can do anything to make it better.
Also the really really good ones, I also won't post on here either, because if they have ever touched a digital media (and there always is a way to find it) you can't get paid to publish in print.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30 23:17:18 EDT 2014    Post subject: Re: Do you post everything you write? Reply with quote

Complicated story (somewhat):

A couple of years ago, I used to post way too many poems (things I think were crappy and ended up deleting). I love writing in the abstract nowadays, but back then, most of the things I wrote were really awkward, but I was trying to figure out who I was as a person at the time and develop a unique writing style.

I wanted to dig into my psych a bit. I finally found both concrete/abstract styles that work for me without making it sound as if I'm shoving a dictionary or really awkward sayings into somebody's brain. Some poems fail, but the ratio of poems that sound good is a lot higher than before. Now, I only post like 2/4 of my poems and am sort of self-conscious about some of them.

I often have the feeling that 2/4's of my poetry is crappy or good but nobody will like it and 2/4 of my poetry is good stuff that people will like. This doesn't bother me much and I often post things that I think people will like (some of which is concrete and other stuff that is abstract).

I know not everybody will like your work (generally speaking), and that's fine. I just happen to balance what I think is good work of mine with what others will think of it (without being too obsessive of both).

In the last year, I think I produced more good stuff than I did than say...three / four years ago (things I'm embarrassed about, haha.)

Some things, I don't take too seriously, and others I do. Sometimes, the poems I write in five minutes are a lot better than the ones I write in an hour or through multiple edits (in days..usually a few days), or vice versa.

I don't like to label most of this stuff. It is what it is. And besides, I don't like all of my work (either for being generally crappy or okay/good but not what I want/ed to produce), and others like some/all/none of my work, but the thing is, different people like different stuff (like some enjoy stream of consciousness and others don't - debatable).

That's why I try to put other people's opinions into consideration while writing certain things without being too worried. Some stuff I write to entertain others, and other stuff to reflect/heal/think/express happiness, sadness/create a surrealistic effect (my internal world often times) etc.

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