Poem nicely

Recently, the temperature has been turned up on this blog–to the point at which some very nice poets are leaving or threatening to leave the blog because they don’t feel comfortable posting their work for fear they’ll be attacked (in words). That is not the kind of blog I run, so for the first time ever, I’m going to have to start laying down the law.

I’ve received enough complaints about one particular person (over the course of more than a year) that I would feel justified in removing him from the blog completely. However, I believe in giving everyone a fair chance to poem nicely.

Starting today, everyone has a clean slate. Starting today, I expect poets on this blog to be respectful of other poets on this blog (and to other poets in general). Starting today, I do not want people copying and pasting the comments of others into the comments of this blog. Starting today, I do not want people attacking the content of other poets’ poems based off any belief system. Starting today, I am going to be policing the comments and removing comments that are disrespectful and even outright banning poets who are disrespectful.

I do not have a track record of trying to censor or exclude, but I am not going to tolerate others trying to intimidate and bully poets on this blog. This is a poetry blog, so write poems and let people know if you like what you read. If you don’t have anything nice to say, then zip it.

As far as the content of the poems, I continue to be very welcoming and open-minded about what poets write. However, I will not tolerate personal attacks. That is precisely where I draw the line.

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62 thoughts on “Poem nicely

  1. Dennis Wright

    Robert,

    I missed these ugly comments. I admit I don’t read as much of the comments as I want. I remain too busy with the rest of my life.

    Fortunately this also means these comments were not wide spread. You acted decisively and I appreciate you efforts. Critique and support to help a poem or poet along is important. Disrespect and put downs have no place. Thank you for standing up against them.

  2. Shirley

    Robert — perhaps there is something in the air. Just today I became aware of the probem on this site. Yesterday, on a fiber arts site, I came across the end of a ‘tempest in a teapot’… I think it was a teapot… unless some closing remarks were more whitewash than absolute truth. It sounds as if you had a much bigger pot a-boil [but I am not going to look back for evidence] and it seems that you did just what was required. Congratulations…sp

  3. Shirley

    Robert — perhaps there is something in the air. Just today I became aware of the probem on this site. Yesterday, on a fiber arts site, I came across the end of a ‘tempest in a teapot’… I think it was a teapot… unless some closing remarks were more whitewash than absolute truth. It sounds as if you had a much bigger pot a-boil [but I am not going to look back for evidence] and it seems that you did just what was required. Congratulations…sp

  4. Shirley

    Robert — perhaps there is something in the air. Just today I became aware of the probem on this site. Yesterday, on a fiber arts site, I came across the end of a ‘tempest in a teapot’… I think it was a teapot… unless some closing remarks were more whitewash than absolute truth. It sounds as if you had a much bigger pot a-boil [but I am not going to look back for evidence] and it seems that you did just what was required. Congratulations…sp

  5. Barbara Ehrentreu

    Robert,
    Thank you so much for Poem Nicely. If you saw my comment the last time I postedyou can see how I feel about anyone who writes comments such as you described. It’s sad that with all of the wonderful poets posting here there had to be someone to spoil the good kharma. What I said about this site on my comment for your election of Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere is you provide an equal opportunity for anyone who posts here. I appreciate all you do to provide a forum for poetry:)

  6. klasskat

    Most of the time my system doesn’t let me post to your blog, so I hope this gets through — Bravo to you. I applaud your words and feel sad at the same time that the words are even necessary.

    I learn and grow as a poet and writer from what I read here and bitterness only shadows life.

    Thanks, Robert // judy

  7. Richard B. Walker

    Robert,

    Thank you for all you’re doing here. I’ve just been reading your prompts and writing my poems. I’ve resisted reading what others have been posting because I don’t want it to influence what I’m writing this month; I plan on going back later and reading lots of poems.

    Thank you for naming the key idea of respect. Some people might talk about the right to free speech, but I appreciate that you’re asking people to be respectful. I don’t think that’s too much to expect of us. We obviously have the time and inclination to express ourselves creatively, I don’t see why we can’t also do so respectfully.

  8. Kiril The Mad Macedonian

    RE: Kiril, I went to your blog and was so impressed.

    Hope you will join us, Kiril. Your choice of image to link to your work is lovely.

    By Amy Barlow Liberatore
    _______________

    Thank U Amy for the compliments.

    I just remembered to add the link to my personal Song Poetry Round-up next to my link to Roberts prompt. ;-D

    Over the years I never could seem to find time to visit sites like this one much so contented myself with buying poetry, and writing prompt, books, and posting my efforts at both, and more, on my blog.

    Never have gotten much feedback so have no real clue whether I’m a bloody genius, an incompetent boob, or something in between, hee, hee. ;-D

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