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Date Fri Sep-14-12 10:18 AM
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To get back to the original question...

First, I'm not sure you need someone with a different opinion to evaluate your work. You know what YOU think and that's what the poem expresses. What an opposition opinion does is just blunt the force of what you have to say. You already know it's controversial and might incite unpleasant responses, so you don't need to have that confirmed.

What you are deciding, it seems, is if or perhaps when to make this public, not whether it might offend some (you pretty much know it will). For ME that choice would be based on several factors.

1. How strongly do I feel about this topic? How badly do I want to express my opinion on it publically? Sometimes I have an opinion, even a strong one, but feel no need to share. Other times, expressing myself is something I feel I need to do regardless of the consequences. In this, I would say you just have to be honest with yourself.

2. Who will the publishing of this HURT, and how badly? If something I wrote has the potential of causing a life-threatening riot, I wouldn't do it, period. No opinion of mine is so important that expressing it is worth someone's life. On the other hand, if the only likely outcome is some people I don't like anyway shunning me, well, I'm going to be putting that out there pretty quick.

Again, I think you need to be honest about the consequences to others as well as to yourself. These are the things I would consider in choosing when and if to publish publically a controversial piece.

Hope that helps.

--June

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Two Questions About Controversial Works [View all] , Wandering Author, Thu Sep-13-12 01:56 PM
  RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, Weird Jim, Sep 13th 2012, #1
RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, Wandering Author, Sep 13th 2012, #2
      RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, Weird Jim, Sep 13th 2012, #3
           RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, Wandering Author, Sep 13th 2012, #4
                RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, Weird Jim, Sep 14th 2012, #5
RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, junedrexler, Sep 14th 2012 #6
RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, Wandering Author, Sep 14th 2012, #7
RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, KatsInCommand, Sep 14th 2012, #8
RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, whilstwhile, Sep 22nd 2012, #9

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