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Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Aiming for Perfect Poetry

This week's theme: Aims, Goals, Ambitions

I had a think about how our Aims, Goals and Ambitions can be affected
by other's comments.

This poem is also dedicated to my dear friend Sharon Lucchessi, from California, who is the You in this poem, though of course it refers to anyone who supports a friend on their creative path.

Good critiques are worth their weight in gold, however, some can be crushing and choking.
I hope the metaphor comes across that internal and external validation can shape our confidence like weeds growing on our path of self belief,
the 'parent' plants of which are the critics.

I  read an article by Freida Hughes who said:

 " I regard negative criticism of living poets (whether they are beginners or not) as akin to shooting someone whose feet are nailed to the floor. No one intends to write a bad poem if they want to be a poet. Nor would I wish to crush a fledgeling creative spark that may produce something much better later, when such a spark is often so difficult to keep alight".