Reviews - In my opinionA Poem by Barry S. Maltese
Written for a contest created by a very special person.
Words can be a weapon. When weilded for peace it is one of honor - used to strike in anger, it becomes one of bitterness.
Words when formed into a review have the same effect. It is not the review that should be questioned, but the reviewer. Was the poem read as education or entertainment, or as an opportunity to find flaw with the person who had written it? I have been reviewed by someone who picked apart my writing - but was so professional, the effects of the review was constructive criticism. I grew as a writer from my encounter with that reviewer. And I have also been picked apart by a vulture, who's words were so hateful, that their only intention could have been to inflate their ego, with the malice of mine. That reviewer loses credability, and their opinions dismissed.
Reviews are a very important aspect of this website. We as writers create to be heard. A voice inside of us cries out. And that stream of ideas leave our body through our fingers. Like it or not, when we are reviewed we are also being judged as people.
It is a great responsability to review someone's writing, for we must assess the body of thought without hurting the writer as much as helping. Many know this fact, and do not review as much as they write, for fear they might have to offend someone. I have been lucky. I have enjoyed the vast majority of what I have read - and have had to deliver very little criticism.
This is a great site, it offers opportunity for many writers to learn from the efforts of others, and to offer up their souls to be deseminated - dare I say disected. I have been lucky to have met many wonderful people, and few who have felt the need to stomp on my thoughts. I have grown as a writer, and person here. I have learned much about others, and even more about myself.
© 2010 Barry S. Maltese
Added on June 5, 2010
Last Updated on June 5, 2010
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