As some of you may have noticed, I have recently begun to experiment with poetry. I have created a folder for such, and I plan to make more of it. As such, I think an examination of the differences in creating drawings and creating poetry is in order. For me, one of the appealing aspects of making a drawing is the fact that there is no going back, no redrawing, and no compromising. Once the ink is set, there is no reworking it, it's set for life. Poetry is completely different; I find myself writing a line, then erasing and rewriting it often. Progress is slow, and often goes in reverse. Whereas I generally don't worry about whether my drawings will be good (I know that most people like most of my drawings, and that they respect the sheer effort involved, if not the designs) I feel much more vulnerable about my poetry. It is in many ways more personal, and has greater potential for embarrassment than my drawings; furthermore, it is somewhat easier to speak intelligently about poems than drawings, as poems are composed of words rather than images. For that reason alone, poetry is easier to criticize than a drawing is. Still, both enterprises involve a great deal of effort and planning, as well as reflection on how to go about them. I have always been verbose, and am now translating that into words as well as imagery. I welcome criticism on both, so long as the criticism is fair.