I'm not just talking about this site but more in general. What sort of feedback do you find helpful when it comes to a critique of your poetry? Sure, awkward phrases and places where the writing can be tighter are great to have pointed out to you if they weren't things you noticed on your own, but what other sort of things do you find helpful? I'm trying to decide if I should seek out a critique for some of my poems or just send them out for publication. If you've been at this crossroads, what did you decide to do? I write mostly formal poetry. I can work with structure and follow the rules, so I know it's correct, but is it any good? I think I would rather just get form rejections from the journals I want to submit my work to than be laughed at by my (poet) friends. My mother called me the other night after I had spent the entire day working on a sonnet. I read it to her, and she said something like, "That's nice. What else did you do today?" What else? That was it. I spent hours working on this little sonnet. And it's probably going to need more work. As much as I hate the revision process with my prose, I don't mind it at all for poetry. I'm not sure why that is. It's much harder for me to write poetry than prose. But I just love the feeling of really working on a poem. I don't think my mother's really into poetry, and I wasn't looking for a critique, really. I don't know what I was hoping for. And as much as I would like to strengthen my poetry, I worry that it could backfire. I have friends who have published their poetry. I find their work exceptional, flawless, moving. And they all make it look so easy. Over the summer, I read a poem to a poet friend. He was laughing before I finished. It was not supposed to be funny. I think it was more my attempt at poetry that had him cracking up. This guy is my closest poet friend, but I get the feeling he's not really into helping me out. I would love to hear from any of you poets out there about your experiences sharing your poetry and having critiques of your work. Do you think the feedback helped you? If you found a poetry critique partner... Well, how did you find them? I know people I could ask to read my stuff, but these are my real-life friends, and I am probably not on their level. And already being laughed at once was enough. I acted like it didn't bother me, but it did. Maybe it would be better if I had specific things to ask about my poetry, but, really, all I want to know if it's good and how I can make it better without making a fool of myself in the process.