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Ad hoc Adherence:

In response to the Weirdelf
Challenge to compose
A poem outside the genre usual
An attempt not off the shelf
But my original prose
Submitted for your perusal.

Who is the arbiter of poetry?
Is it freeform or uniformity?
Does it require precise geometry
To convey a sense of serenity?
Freewheeling or on circuitry
Poetry is artistic sovereignty..

Style / type: 
Structured: Eastern
Review Request (Intensity): 
I want the raw truth, feel free to knock me on my back
Last few words: 
Weirdelf, I have submitted a poem outside the Rhyku range to meet your challenge. Look forward to your always interesting reviews.
Editing stage: 

Comments

Hope my comment will push this poem up for Weirdelf to see.

My answer: There is no arbiter, but we all have our ideas of what we like or what a poem could be. If anyone's comments have made you feel like they were trying to control you or they were trying to be the arbiter, I hope you will accept my response that this is not what critique or constructive feedback is about. They are just suggestions. The poem is still yours and the choice is still yours to decide if you want to make changes or not. Yet, the purpose of Neopoet is to workshop. To give and receive feedback to make revisions to our writing, so we can improve our craft. Writing and poetry is a craft, a skill, to be honed like any other.

So yes, we all have artistic sovereignty over our work, and getting feedback and comments from others doesn't change that. Implementing someone's feedback doesn't make the poem less yours and more theirs. It just means you were willing to learn and grow with help from someone who shares your passion.

Hope this makes sense and I hope you're well.

Keep writing,
Kelsey

Advocates Coordinator

Critique, don't comment. Neopoet is a workshop and is designed to share your poetry, receive and make critique of the work posted, and most importantly, for you to evolve as a poet.

www.kelsey-burroughs.weebly.com

Thanks for your helpful comments. I think you may have misunderstood my prose. Weirdelf, whose comments I welcome and anticipate, had asked me to step out of the Rhyku format and accept a different genre challenge. So this poem was in response to him and I could only think of the structure of the poems as an appropriate content for my challenge. Neopoet has allowed me the space to publish my work and I have only a positive impression of Neopoet

author comment

I was worried you or he might be upset! Good to see that it is just a friendly challenge. It's my job around here to mediate conflict and try to reduce potential conflict, so I just have to check.

Kelsey

Advocates Coordinator

Critique, don't comment. Neopoet is a workshop and is designed to share your poetry, receive and make critique of the work posted, and most importantly, for you to evolve as a poet.

www.kelsey-burroughs.weebly.com

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