I think it works better when artists support each other rather than compete or critique. Used to go the other way with it. Hammer the problems. Kill the weakness. Yell-Yell-Yell as a vibe. Never had that many artists and poets to talk to as a result.
As a rule a poet knows exactly what is wrong with the work. If the poet doesn’t know exactly what, there is still the crushing general sense that the work isn’t right.
Someone coming in behind this and saying, “you didn’t x and y” can drive the confidence to make art right out of a poet.
But if you come along and say, “hey what you did here was cool” or “what your going after is the right vibe” then it gives a poet the confidence to continue. In this regard there is no difference between the poet and the athlete. To perform an athlete needs confidence in his abilities and in his training to acquire new skills and incorporate them. The same for a poet. Yet no one looks at it this way.
In Dig It Culture you speak to the success and you speak to the hint of the success. You speak not to what a poet is, but to what a poet will become. In this way you provide a framework for the poet to have a conception of confidence. The poet, now knowing that great lines are within reach, are actually possible, then journeys to find these lines.
Ultimately you turn yourself into a great poet. You find your own vibe and you discover your own truth. You create your own way. Dig It Culture is a way of critique that helps you see yourself as capable, allows you to conceive of yourself as a legitimate artist seeking new and powerful expression rather than a deluded child playing at rhymes.