The thing that drives this forum is the same thing that hooked me on Buk before I read even a single word. The first book I cracked was "The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over the Hills"...it was lying on a cart in a public library...the title grabbed me. But what I noticed (before reading anything) were readers' comments penciled in the margins of the poems.
Exclamations, criticisms, even arguments back and forth - now that I think about it, it was a sort of an old school forum itself (to go along with card catalogues :) - hand written in the margins of a library book. I had never seen anything like it (still haven't), and I had worked in that library for a couple of years.
I thought this must be something great...something special...where else do readers feel *compelled* to leave their comments in the margins of a poem (good or bad)? I was right, and what extraordinary power these words have! I especially like seeing the enthusiasm of the newly initiated that come to this forum "to leave their comments in the margins" :)