to Verse and Adichie and not a poem

to Verse and Adichie and not a poem

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto
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Our site needs closer monitoring because this kind of thing should not happen on any site, much less a poetry site where we need to be supporting each other.

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There have been two people ( I have been told who are actually one in the same) who have closed their accounts and in so doing have named me and a few others on this site as reasons. We have been accused of many things including Catfishing. There has been a lot of telling going on here. But the ones so named in these libelous posts have been on this site for many years and are known to be nothing more than polite and helpful to other poets here, no hidden agendas.
So I ask you Verse and Adichie...in front of God and everyone on this site to show us the so-called comments on the poems and/or private messages in which any of us have been anything other than polite and encouraging.
j.

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It's hitting my little mind a little since I did not expect any people to be malicious towards you. You've been and you are an amazing support for this site, Sir and your true friends are always grateful for you. I know you're ignoring the bogus and more than sensible to enjoy the life. Best wishes to you***

Posted 1 Month Ago


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I don't necessarily have a horse in this race, but I've been on this website for some time and can attest to both witnessing, circumventing and at times even participating in such disputes. It's not uncommon. And I'm somewhat compelled to remind you that this still remains a website, in that it follows the rules of free speech and anonymity the same as any other.

Though I can relate to the frustration you might've felt, I've learned from experience that thicker skin can be of more benefit than reaction, or in turn unnecessary confrontation - more often than not it'll lead to what I often think of as 'Lord of the Flies' childishness - and seeing as your work is very regularly advertised on the writing home page, and understanding that notoriety can sometimes make you a target, I would suggest that you try not to take what happens within these various communities all that personally.

Poets and writers can be sensitive, but this remains the internet and that sensitivity can leave you more vulnerable to offense than had you simply accepted that people will be people, and that 'status' on this website remains as inconsequential as another's attempts at defamation ultimately are.

Again, I do understand, and though I likely sound critical, things like these happen all the time on this site and I believe it's part of being a writer (especially if one intends to enter the arena of publication and public response) to understand how to navigate them.

Posted 1 Month Ago


I wrote for another site previously and saw this same
kind of thing there. I don't think anyone besides the above regards you as anything other than a fine poet and a gentleman. By the way, what is Catfishing?

Posted 1 Month Ago


Well-said! So sorry to hear about what has been going on J. Malicious Malcontents are not needed on a site like this, where wonderful writers like you, and so many others, feel free to express what is in their hearts and souls. Good-riddance to those liars and slanderers. They have shown their hand and their hypocrisy, hopefully for the last time. I wish peace and healing to you and all who were hurt by them.

Posted 1 Month Ago


I have been away for a time, so I missed all the calamity, but somehow "catfishing" just doesn't seem in your area of expertise, Jacob. Even if you are a real fisherman, the catfish is a shocking catch to reel in!

All i can say, is whatever transpired, just let it fade away like many of the nasty incidents that have occurred here in my four years. There are always a couple of lunatics here that have escaped from the asylum. Just straitjacket them with your poetry, keep stepping up to the poetic plate, point to the outfield like The Babe in '32, and just knock them into the stands. Your character and poetry speaks for itself.

I am taking an extended break from the cafe for a while to polish off the rust and get back to the reality of writing, so i'll catch you again when I eventually return.

All the best, my friend.

Posted 1 Month Ago


J,
Sorry to hear you've been accused of such falsehood. I've always appreciated your revues and comments.
Unfortunately, this world is full of bad actors. Keep up the good work.
T

Posted 1 Month Ago


Love! Love! Love! . . . You know how I feel (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 1 Month Ago


It's hitting my little mind a little since I did not expect any people to be malicious towards you. You've been and you are an amazing support for this site, Sir and your true friends are always grateful for you. I know you're ignoring the bogus and more than sensible to enjoy the life. Best wishes to you***

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I have been on two writing sites in the past, where these unwarranted intrusions are rife. I 've been accused of racial prejudice, insulting Native Americans, and even being an intellectual snob. All of the criticisms were laced with expletives, which clearly defined the profundity of their thinking along with the paucity of their intellect. Unfortunately, ,if they are barred, they simply come back under another alias - but the pattern is always the same. (Leopards cannot change their spots).
I learned to ignore them, they were of no loss to me - but interestingly enough, both those sites have now disappeared....has justice prevailed:-))
Just ignore them, Jacob, you have much more to offer in the way of rational thinking and quality of writing than these semi-morons.

Norman




Posted 1 Month Ago


Take heart good sir I don't believe any of that silliness one only has to read your words to know the truth of you... some people have issues, and sometimes they express them in a therapeutic verse and parse the pains in poetry and others get stuck in the cycle and use this as a means of continuance one cannot allow oneself to take blame for this but can only try to be an example of the former expression

Posted 1 Month Ago


Many thank yous for posting such a fine expose of two people, if that's what or who they were. They hurt one particular person and a handful of others, including me. In over ten years in the cafe, I think this the second most spiteful thing to have happened. (The other was when a brother reported his brother - a supposed renowned photographer, to be dead. However the so.and.so came back from the dead not long after. Other members might remember) I equate that with the present happening.. it was cruel and meant to hurt people who really treasure their cafe friends. Meantime, there's been quite a lot of suspicion and pointing fingers. Many thank yous, jacob. .

Posted 1 Month Ago



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Originally from Bronx, NY, I live in Carbondale, Illinois...teach English at two community colleges and have been writing and publishing poetry since 1970. Friending works two ways. If we have had .. more..

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