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Attention new members!

We've had quite a lot of new members lately and I address this mostly to you. I've been going through the 'Undiscovered Poems' list, poems that have received no feedback. I've also been checking the statistics on people who post a few poems and don't return. We care a lot about Neopoet and want it to be a friendly and helpful place.

There is an instant and obvious correlation. The 'Undiscovered' posters and the post-a-few-and-leavers don't give any feedback to anyone else. This is a community, not a service. And perhaps as importantly the act of reading and responding to other people's poetry dramatically increases your own poetic insight and skills.

Feedback is self-serving altruism and the secret to why Neopoet is the best place on the web to hone your skills, learn, find community and colleagues and even help others.

No-one expects an academically informed thesis, just your thoughts and feelings,
cheers

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ayup

cheers,
Jess
Neopoet is a workshop. Poets take the time to read and think about your work and offer suggestions.
There is no obligation to make any changes however please acknowledge critique and comments.

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Hi Jess, got a message from Ian about this, just thought it was time I popped in to visit you after all these years too, & to read what you've been doing of course... You & I tend to stand at different poles at times, but I think we both value the rich growth that Neopoet can provide... Anyway, I am happy to check the "Undiscovered" works when I am able (since I've been back I've just made sure I have a look & feedback on poems in the stream, as well as anyone who offers me feedback of course - that's just courtesy to me)... it will be sporadic, hopefully it is useful to be at least welcoming as I totally agree with what you have written about, good move.

Cheers
Anni

My dear friend always told me "Water the seeds of joy first"

and I think you'll find I've mellowed a bit. No less rigorous honesty but way less abuse.

I'll be sure to check out your recent posts. Wow, five this year after a seven year gap. I look forward to it.

cheers,
Jess
Neopoet is a workshop. Poets take the time to read and think about your work and offer suggestions.
There is no obligation to make any changes however please acknowledge critique and comments.

author comment
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