It’s very difficult when people critique your work that don’t understand or are not familiar with the genre.
Its difficulty is compounded when you are not present for said critique.
I was unable to attend my latest writer’s meeting because I was tied up with the kids, but had already sent my critiques and sent my own work in to be critiqued. This meant that my work would be read without my being present.
Big problem if the writers who read your work are not familiar with the genre. The genre I submitted this week was poetry and because it performance style/spoken word poetry, some of the writers were unable to comprehend the style or the cadence of the work.
It made me think about how you have to be careful who you send your work to for review, or even who you talk to about your life, as they may not understand the basis for what they reading or listening to in reference to you.
This is pertinent for me to recognize, because if you don’t recognize the fact that people are not in position to speak into your life, you may follow their advice, directions and yes – critiques and all along they are NOT KNOWLEDGEABLE about what they are talking about.
Thank God that many of my writer cohort are upfront about their lack of knowledge on the topic of performance poetry and the reading/critiquing of it. That way, I am able to weed out the comments that are not pertinent to what I am writing and take in the ones that may be of some assistance.
I would post the poems but I am entering one of them into a contest and they cannot be posted on a web page before hand.
Perhaps, I will post the two I am not sending once I make a decision!
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