GirlPoets is a community/workshop for *serious* female poets. If you're looking for nothing but praise and pats on the back, this community is not for you. This is a place for people who want to improve their work and learn, and this is accomplished both through receiving feedback on one's poems AND critiquing the work of others.
Here are the rules:
1. Be a girl. Duh.
2. For every poem that you post, you must critique the poems of two other people (just to make sure that everyone gets feedback, you know)
3. If you want to show us a revision of your poem, do it as a separate post from the original, but use the lj-cut tag to include the older draft so we can compare, etc.
4. Any kind of poetry is okay--form poetry, haiku, automatic writing, etc etc. Metafiction is also okay sometimes (if you don't know, don't ask).
4. Criticism does not = attack! It really is possible to tell someone gently that their poem sucks.
5. If your poem doesn't receive lots of glowing praise, please don't get upset. We are all here to learn from one another.
6. Do not attack people who didn't give your poetry great reviews. You're allowed to disagree, of course, but understand that these people are taking time to give you feedback on your work, which is, after all, the reason you are here.
7. Feel free to discuss poetry as well--favorite poets, inspiration, technique, books on poetry, etc. Just remember that the main goal for this community is to create a poetry workshop atmosphere.
A word about the whole girl thing--I'm not sexist. Really. I just wanted to create a community for female-inspired, female poets. I've checked out the other poetry communities on here, and none of them really appealed to me. So I made one of my own. No big deal. Don't be a little boy and send me hate mail or accuse me of being a lesbian man-hater.
Anyway, join, learn, make friends, and be merry! :)
Your moderator, Jess
P.S. NO FREAKING ADVERTISING. It's just plain bad manners. They did make community_promo for a reason, you know.