Thank you so much, Heather
. I was so surprized and pleased to see your name on the contents page, showing you as the most recent poster in the Member's Poetry section, as it's been quite awhile since you've [at least] posted
I agree with what you're saying about poetry, and as the trends and norms, and all those other words that apply, have changed across time, so have people's 'tastes' in poetry. Especially in a Member's Poetry section [and I was one of those who 'smiled'
at the idea of Roger Green and bananas, et al], the 'criteria' are not so stringent, nor should they be. I'm quite certain there are poetry-writing-workshop sites to fulfill those other purposes.
...what draws me to poetry is finding a particular sentiment that moves me, that I can relate to, and that stirs feelings in my heart and soul. I care nothing for meter or rhyme or technique, though I admit that they can be used well and with lovely effect.
I so agree. I won't say that the 'beauty of the dance' isn't subliminally effected, at least somewhat, through the meter/rhyme/technique, thereby facilitating the stirring of feelings in our heart and soul. Yet, the concepts, even awkwardly expressed, are what do it, as well. So much has occurred on these levels here, that never would have, had the writers [yourself included, of course] held themselves to such [an impossibly] high standard of "world-class poet," at this juncture. I am grateful for those who have shared their writings. Tears, rapturous tears, anger, laughter, tenderness, sorrow, so many things that make us human have been prompted through their words, and have allowed us to share, and see, and feel, and know ~ clearly ~ that we are not alone. Like you, for me, that's what matters most.
I can't believe what you've actually done for me, either, with your synchroncity
. You've brought forward the very thread I wanted, to find the name of the Portugese poet, whom I thought of when I saw the book that I bought last night, Sonnets From The Portuguese
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Now, I can write his name in the front of the book. I wasn't looking forward to the search, and now, it's miraculously done
. Did you do me this huge favour on purpose
? I've just written it in, "Fernando Pessoa (Passionate Portuguese Poet)" ~ thank you