There seems to be some confusion on the creative boards concerning their mandates. Recently a warning was added to the Poetry creative board. It so stated that “works posted in this forum are critiqued.” Why the warning? Wasn’t this assumed? Well from many of the new poet’s comments of late it appears not.
First let me backtrack a little and explain the purposes of these two boards, the Poetry Board and the Poetry Workshop.
The Poetry Board
This is a share board. It’s open to the public and to any search engine. If first rights are an issue for you, don’t post here. But it’s also meant for critique, not happy talk. If you don’t care what people think about your poetry and are just posting it for the fun of it, or for show, don’t post it here. This sight is a little more lax than the workshop, being that a social element is allowed to an extent, but it is still a serious site.
The Poetry Workshop
This board is hidden from the search engines. This is for serious and even brutal critique. It’s to work on your poetry, your style and voice. No social elements allowed. If you have a thin skin than get the hell out of here.
Now that we cleared that up let’s talk about the Tavern and the Poetry Blogs, there is a slight difference between the two.
The Tavern Poetry- Sub Forum.
This is a fun board, a social gathering of sorts. It’s meant not for critique but for the less serious offerings. It’s for those poets who just like to show their poetry and are not concerned about improving or tweaking it. They can add pictures or drawings to it, even music, still being creative but in a non-judging atmosphere.
The Poetry Blog
For smucks like me, it’s an individual board. Critiques are welcome, even blistering ones but so are pictures and anything that the poet wants to add. It’s a personal showcase of sorts, meant as a poetic journal or diary.
So there you have it- Hope this clears up some of the confusion.