i always crave the validation that comes from comments and as you said it's a tough pill to swallow when your work doesn't get the commentary or recognition you want. i'm always wondering if my poems are even good or if people are just being kind. i wish to be a good poet, but i fear i'm not and i want to get better but without criticism and praise i'm not sure how to improve.
First and foremost; there is no such thing as a bad poem, just an inexperienced poet. Secondly, you should never doubt yourself or the type of poetry you create. This is who you are as a person and an artist. Never second guess or doubt your abilities. You can never please everyone who comes along and reads your works. It is impossible and all you will do is just end up hurting yourself and losing faith in the one thing you are passionate about. It is a sad moment when a poet allows their spirit to be broken over someone else's disapproval. Many will love what you write and many will not, that's the way the cookie crumbles. Don't fret over the ones who don't like or agree with your poems but be overjoyed and compassionate with the ones that do love your works. As long as you have faith and passion and a strong desire to be the best writer you can be than when you really look at it the ones who don't like you really don't matter any more. Members of the Deep will comment soon enough, and when they do it would be wise to take heed to what they have to offer especially if it is for your best interest. As a fellow writer (I'm sure I can speak for many here) we are always our worst critiques. Some poems we may write may not have that feel of completion or "good enough" to post or meet other previous poems written expectations. But you know what, that is just perfect. As long as it comes from your heart with emotion and a burning passion in your soul than it is always a Masterpiece no matter what others may think or perceive. Believe in yourself and your talents and you will be amazed at how far and how much progress you can make. Never stop writing and never allow defeat. Keep an opened heart and an opened mind and the skies are the limit that you will soar with opened arms.