I just saw the most entertaining spin that I've ever seen when someone came in and behaved in a less than grown up manner while commenting on an artistic expression.
Oh hey, that never occurred to me until just now, maybe childish commenters are actually children who are up way past their bedtime and cranky.
*gives that some thought*
First commenter: [we'll call him/her X]
I find X's use of a period in the above comment strange for several reasons. Since X did not see fit to put his/her blanket criticism into a sentence, the formality of a period seems out of place. By typing a single word, the assumed nature of the comment is that it is being typed in imitation of a spoken catcall. This sense is reinforced by the fact that the word cliche is not capitalized and by the reduplication of the letter i, which is apparently meant to give the reader the impression that this transcribed catcall is being delivered like a punchline from a 90′s sitcom. And so, naturally, any punctuation other than an exclamation point seems out of place. Or, to put this criticism in a way that X might better understand:
This poem is fantastic by the way.
I laughed and laughed. I wanted to leave a response to the second commenter consisting of just the word *applause* but I figured that there was no reason to poke the first commenter with a stick ……
The poem being commented on was penned by the Daughter of my Heart, Lauren Carpenter, and it's a beauty. If you'd like to go see it you can visit Dark Sky Magazine HERE.
Oh and just to finish off the part where my buttons are popping off my vest from being proud….Lauren's poem Field Woman was just published in The Greensboro Review Spring 2010 Number 87.
I've always been quite fond of the number 87.