What is more important for a poet? To receive praise, which is no guarantee for great poetry, or to feel that a genuine human emotion was expressed as well and as honestly as possible for that poet? Just thinking, what if, what I write is applauded by the ” experts” but, I simply wrote to please or wrote for the ” experts” ? I don’t know if this is true but I remember reading somewhere that no serious critic ever wanted to go near any of Charles Bukowski’s poems until recently. Now, of course, he is considered, at least on this site, to be one of the 10 greatest poets.
( possibly from Jefferson Carter )