I'm 42 years old. I write because I am good at it and because I have no choice. Sharing, while valuable for feedback, is not my primary goal. Fame is.
Seriously, though, editors don't "troll" the internet looking for stolen poetry. But I've taught college English for 15 years. When someone's essay looks too good, it takes no time at all to do a Google search to see if it's stolen.
It would take no time at all for an editor or assistant or anyone else in the office of a lit mag (if it's large enough to have employees) to type in one line in quotes.
Why? Because why buy the cow when you get the milk for free. People aren't going to pay for a literary magazine that's full of work they can view online for free.
That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.
P.S. By all means, post your poems if you want feedback. I wouldn't stop anyone from doing it. But I did want to warn those who may not have thought about it.
P.P.S. But if you truly want to share, post your poem in your own blog, and give everyone in the world your blog address. I find that even the smartest and well read of my friends won't go out of their way to read a poem unless it's in their faces. Publishing here means that only poets/forum members are reading it. Publishing on a non-poetry forum allows the general public to read it.
<span class='smallblacktext'>[ Edited Wed Feb 23 2005, 11:18AM ]</span>