Starlite is happy to announce that it will begin the capability for each poet (who wishes) to receive critiquing comments from their readers. The planned go-live date for this feature is October 1. Between now and then, we would like your input into the proecess. What do you want to hear from your readers? Below you will see a brief description of how the process is expected to flow and the currently proposed questions that will be included. Everything is fair game. If you don't like a question, or you want a new one added, this IS THE TIME to speak up. I will be addding a topic in general discussion for comments.
KajunCutie is the lead on this project and will do all the coordination. So you can speak up to her directly with your comments as well.
1. Each poet can decide to opt out of the critical comment process. If they do so, then anyone reading their poems will only see the comment area (as it is today)
2. Reviewers will be anonymous to the writer.
3. Reviews will be available only to the writer. They will not be shared like comments
4. Poets will be able to tag problem reviewers as unprofessional (which block that reviewer from doing more reviews). If a reviewer is blocked too many times, then they will be blocked from reviewing any more poems.
Poet will be able to see the reviews for all poems or for a specific poem via the critical comment system. Critiques should NEVER be about the poet. No attacks against any poet are allowed. Reviews should concentrate more on positivity than negativity. Always remember the purpose is to build the confidence of a writer, not to tear it apart.
* On writing dynamics 1. Were there spelling errors? 2. Were there grammar errors? 3. Were there punctuation errors? 4. Which words/lines/punctuation need to be corrected? 5. Did the poem exhibit a rhythm? 6. Are the rhythm and meter fairly consistent throughout? 7. Do the words evoke concrete imagery? 8. What was the strongest aspect? (Alliteration, metaphor, form etc) 9. What was the weakest part? 10. If a structured form of poetry was used, was it done correctly (as you understand it)? 11. Did the form used fit the content of the poem? * On content 1. Did it stir emotion inside of you? 1-5 (1=no 5=lots) 2. What was the strongest emotion felt? 3. Is the language original? 4. Is the voice consistent? 5. Is the work writer-centered or reader-centered? 6. Did the point of view remain the same through out? 7. Was theme or message kept central to the poem? 8. Are there any lines of the poem that seems to distract from the point? 9. Is there any language or word choice that would conflict with the message and audience? 10. Was the symbolism easy to understand? 11. What do you think the message of the poem was? 12. Why was it written? 13. Who do you think the intended audience of this poem is? 14. Does it hit that audience? * Extras 1. Did the music fit? (if applicable) 2. Did the background/graphic fit? (if applicable) 3. Was the poem readable (font and colors)? 4. How does the poem sound when read aloud? * Overall 1. What was most memorable about the piece? 2. Did you enjoy the poem? 3. Give one suggestion for improvement.
Give us your thoughts. This feature is for you to grow in your poetry via honest feedback from your peers. What would you like to hear them address.