I asked for poetry advice once. Gave out a few poems. Out of the two that answered, only one responded.
What I got was: “Read more poetry books.“
I’ve read poetry, but I asked for a critique.
So, I only assumed that my work was terrible. A disaster. I’m not sure what else to think about that. He pointed out that I put stories in my poems, but that was about it.
I have read so many poems over the years. I’m even subscribed to a poetry Youtube channel. But I wasn’t sure how just reading more poetry would help. I wanted to hear some advice.
What lines didn’t make sense? What part do you feel like I should expand on? Did you feel like I didn’t put enough metaphors in? Too many metaphors? Was it long enough? Did you feel the rhythm of it all? What do you think the story is about? What words stand out to you the most? How do you feel after reading the poem?
“Read more poetry” wasn’t the advice I was looking for…
So, when giving a critique, I hope you give more than a few words. More direction. List the good, and list the bad. Think about it as if you’re personally receiving the critique you’re giving.
Critiques are hard to give. They almost have their own art form. But I promise, you need over one sentence to write a good one.
Have you had similar experiences before? Do you agree? Leave a comment below!