What would you do if someone you really cared about and respected told you you were wasting your time? I recently got some tough love on my poetry skills. I was told my poems are really bad. That I'm wasting my time writing them over writing other things. This person said my focus should stay with prose. I guess I foolishly thought I could do it all. But I do think maybe this person is right. It's not like I'm quitting writing, but I realize that I am never likely going to have much success as a poet. I would never stop reading poetry, but maybe that's better left for those more skillful of the form than I am. I feel like I should be upset about this, but I'm not at all. Would you be upset if someone told you that you were wasting your time writing a certain thing? Would you listen to them? Have any of you had things like this said to you before?