The Art Of Criticism

The art of criticism

Should consist

Of accurate, rich language-ism;

Gentleness and witticism,

Care and love implicit

In a simple, clear expression.


Love of th’art it’s writing ‘bout,

Love, respect inside and out

For author, auth’ress, sculptor, sculptress,

Painter, paint-ress, instrumentalist and –ess.

Poet, poetess whose full respect he/she/they merit.


When I read clichés inherent

Such as, “Awesome” “Great” and “Wonderful”,

Thoughtless, glib and under-worked;

When I read “Like”, “Thumbs up, “Thumbs down

I frown.


This plea from Ms. Poetic Me,

Sincere, considered, justified

Is plain ol’ objectivity,

Objecting to a lazy critic.


A good critique

Is not a trick

Played out in adjectives and verbs.

A worthy critic is superb,

Does not disturb

Because he values art and artist.


The Art of Criticism 6.30.2016

Definitely Didactic;

Arlene Corwin







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