Never be afraid to say how a poem made you feel.
To all you wonderful readers out there, know that poets and writers could not exist without you. Worthy poets and writers recognize this and thank you sincerely everyday for your participation in their art.
The only thing worse for a writer than a critical review of their work is silence. Silence is the real enemy of the artist. Artists want to know if they made an impact, positive or negative, in the lives, worlds and perceptions of those that they touch.
So readers, to help an artist out, if I may play on the immortal words of the Department of Homeland Security, if you see something, say something. If something moves you, tell a friend, respond with a comment, or at the very least, like a post.
A few words by a thoughtful reader inspire writers to do what they do. Most writers just want to know they their voice has been heard, even if the reader does not agree or did not like what was said.
Most importantly, being a vocal reader means having the courage to say that a piece made us angry, or happy, or brought us to tears, as so many great artists have done for us. This is the substance of the artist’s life. The more we feed them, the greater they create.