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  1. Date: 8/21/2013 2:51:00 PM
    A poem is a piece of one's heart and soul. It isn't just words someone typed up for fun...though, some do that. For me, poetry is my passion. I just had someone reduce one of my poems of six or seven stanzas to six or seven lines...What does that say to me? Obviously, I need not spell that out. Cultures DO differ. In some cultures, you NEVER point out mistakes. Having said that, I have pointed out a mistake on someone's poem in a comment when I should have emailed the person...The person said they would take it coming from me, but next time to soup mail would be better. Yes, I wish I had done that. I know who can take my comments, and others I'm not familiar with, I don't point out mistakes.

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  1. Date: 8/18/2013 8:03:00 AM
    well, craig.. for me , the best way is to soupmail the person if one's suggestion or comment is sensitive... i hope we do not criricize openly and demand another poet to follow his/ her own style... yes, kashi is a fine example of good manners when it comes to queries... btw, your tie is on the floor, lol... nice blog!..:)

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  1. Date: 8/17/2013 11:24:00 AM
    Love the blog, Craig, and yes, I too think it truly helps if someone catches an innocent mistake, without expecting you to change the whole gist of the poem. As Andrea mentioned, Kash has been one of my greatest "proof readers", catching my careless mistakes in order to help......but not to criticize...The secret is doing it in the kindest way, (as Charmaine just said)....with good intentions. It is a generous and unselfish thing to do for a fellow poet.But it takes the right approach. I am always grateful for such help.(PS...I was once so grateful to a lady in a check-out line for calling my attention to the jacket I was wearing inside-out! (I had been trying on clothes...was in a rush!)

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  1. Date: 8/17/2013 11:23:00 AM
    I'd like to say too that what one person will get offended by another may very well see as a favor, ANY review is a good review, any comment that doesn't literally tell you what your wrote is crap IS A GOOD COMMENT, the person actually took the time to leave one which is more than one in every 10 to 20 people do. And heck I don't have twice the time to comment in the comment and then go to soup mail

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  1. Date: 8/17/2013 10:06:00 AM
    Especially since many of us use forms new to us and sometimes the descriptions in the "forms" tab do not even have examples.

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  1. Date: 8/17/2013 5:51:00 AM
    Slot 4 You are a real American; therefore, I am going to be very direct and frank with you because you can stand the heat. I believe that you do spend time to read most of the poems on this site. You read and analyze the poet’s poems that you were assigned to…but you never commented on them. I have read quite a few poems on this site and I have not seen where you have commented on others poems. I think you should start reading everyone’s poem and you will learn to appreciate other peoples work more without commenting on the faults.

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  1. Date: 8/17/2013 5:49:00 AM
    SLOT 3 I use to attend theatrical performance and every time I attend, I would point out the faults, of the actors, directors and script. I found out that this was robbing me of enjoying the performance. Everyone was cracking up with laughter in the theatre, and I was so serious wondering what everyone was laughing about. Then from there on I realize that I must learn to enjoy the little and funny things in life. On this forum most writers aren’t professional writers and they need a forum to express themselves. They are not looking to become publishers so I enjoy scrolling through many poems and I find great pleasure in reading them. I have learnt a lot from even reading badly written poem.

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  1. Date: 8/17/2013 5:48:00 AM
    SLOT 2 Learning about people and culture will take a life time but common sense is what everyone is born with. It is not what you say; it is how you say it. Some students could be CEOs/ and Directors today but because they had a bad teacher who criticize them, and never take time out to help them. It made them feel as if they are good for nothing.

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  1. Date: 8/17/2013 5:47:00 AM
    This is very long; therefore, I will break it up in different slots. Well you have said is true. However, there is a time and place for everything. That's actually the American way of looking at things and doing things. I am sure that you are well traveled like me and you are cognizant that you can easily offend another culture by correcting their mistakes. Some people cannot handle it. You should find none offensive ways to communicate that same message to them. Like sending them a carefully personalize written email before broadcasting it for everyone to see.

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  1. Date: 8/16/2013 11:02:00 PM
    Craig, I agree with you. putting this blog up is a must. I tried a form for Giorgio's contest. I asked for help. Thanks to you and Nathan, I know the form is wrong. I have no time to correct my entry ATM. I will find my way tomorrow. I don't mind if poets correct my mistakes. in a positive way of course. Skat

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  1. Date: 8/16/2013 10:56:00 PM
    Speaking of your tie story. Today at my anniversary dinner with hubbie, a host at the door made me quite startled when he said loudly in front of three other restaurant workers, "Hey, I have to tell you something" (that kind of worried me just the tone he was using) then he continued: "your tag is showing from the back of your shirt." good grief he had me thinking there was toilet paper trailing on my shoe or something. Just a little tag sticking out from my shirt. What I am saying is: use finesse.

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  1. Date: 8/16/2013 10:52:00 PM
    we have to pick the right circumstances. I usually let my friends know in a soupmail when it involves a form that I know a lot about and also, I am not shy to point out typos, things like that. I've been rebuked very harshly by a few people for going any farther than that with critiques I think are important. For example, the use of antiquated words. If a poet is fond of using them, be very careful about letting them know that modern publishers do not like it. You might get your head taken off!!!

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