On critiques and why we don't offer them.
We get a lot of requests to critique someone else’s work here at Poetry Riot. There are blogs that do that, but we will never be one of them. It’s good that those blogs exist, don’t let this post make you think otherwise. Why don’t we critique other people’s work, you ask? Well, let me explain.
We are all writers, with our own styles, our own unique ways of expressing things, and in my opinion, have no right to tell you how to do what you already do. Your voice is your own, as is ours. Finding that voice is part of the beauty of writing. You will find it if you keep at it.
One of the biggest things to help me was taking a look at my older work, seeing my traps, the words I used most often, and avoiding them. I learned what I aspired to be and what I didn’t just by reading (tumblr and books). I seek feedback from a select few that I trust, and I’m grateful for their input and honesty.
Some general advice; read your poems out loud. That helps with getting the line breaks right. It helps you emphasize the words you want to and helps with flow. If it sounds different when you read it, change the line breaks.
I have my own pet-peeves when it comes to writing. For example, I detest the words “darling”, “ribcage”, or “baby” in poetry or prose. I think they’re predictable, outdated, and gross. BUT that’s MY opinion, and you know what they say about those.
The writers who use those words aren’t necessarily bad at what they do, they just have a different style. Who the fuck am I to tell them that the voice they are using is the wrong one? I’m just another writer here throwing words around, hoping to make someone feel something, or at the very least, get it out of myself. It takes a lot to write. The act of it requires a certain kind of bravery, and I commend them for it.
I hope that I haven’t offended anyone. If I have, I apologize, that was not my intention when writing this post. I have a deep belief in being honest, and that’s exactly what I was doing. It’s a character strength or flaw, depending on how you look at it. Sometimes it’s both. Anyway, I’m rambling.
Now you know why. We love what we do here, but critiquing someone else’s work won’t ever be part of it.
be kind and stay rad.