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Poem Number 870
before, I contributed early to pffa's hltsioe tone) is divisive and tiresome. I don't want to be screamed at, you know?anonymous, you've really hit on what is probably the biggest issue for me. But as I say that, I realize that it's not a poetry forum issue, but a poetry issue. Most of what we all write is forgettable. More, not just able to be forgotten, but should be forgotten. (Great, now I have Dust in the Wind running through my head!) Allowing someone to post whatever they want encourages poetry-as-commodity. Not allowing them to post simply drives away traffic and creates a constrained and sterile atmosphere in which all spontaneity is sacrificed in the name of fairness. I'd rather have commodities than nothing. Is there a better solution?
better to post with impunity
wracking the brain or the heart
with hit or miss
mistakes or missteps
with the occasional good fortune
of well turned phrase
than scrub the words to redness
and mistake that for fresh and raw.
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