Writing Poetry Tips, Part Two: Write it, Own it
A Short Writing Lesson
Anonymous poets are cowards. Either the poet lacks confidence in their words and is seeking feedback without ridicule, or the poet is writing something offensive and/or controversial and is afraid of reprisals.
Either way, shame on you!
If you expect me to read your poem, you need to offer some kind of identification. I don't care if it's a pseudonym. If you don't respect your work enough to tell me who you are, I won't respect it enough to read it. I'm not going to mock your poetry if it's bad (okay, maybe I will... but not to your face!). Writing, especially poetry, takes practice. Not every poet, not every poem is good, but, be proud of your work. If you're not proud enough to put your name on it, why should I waste my time reading it? I'm not going to hate you if you spout a different opinion then mine, even if it's a mean or hateful one.If you're going to be controversial and be anonymous, you lose all credibility.
Unless your life would be in danger for what you've written, there's no excuse. I don't allow it in my poetry workshops. No one should.
I won't hate you, but I might hate your work if you don't put our name on it.
Write it. Own it.
all rights reserved. Copyright Justin W. Price November 10th, 2011
Thanks for Reading.
PDXKaraokeGuy, also known as Justin W. Price, is the managing editor at Efiction Horror. Husband to Andrea, father to two dogs. writer.poet.baseball fan. tattooed. He is am amateur theologian with a rabid sweet tooth.He resides in a suburb of Portland, Oregon.He has a poetry book available for Amazon Kindle, and also maintains a blog, FirstBlog. His work has been featured in the Crisis Chronicles, efiction Magazine, The Hellroaring Review, the Bellwether Review, EFiction Humor and the Rusty Nail. Please visit his profile page for more information. Thanks!
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