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  • Abekah Emmanuel Freshman - 2nd Stage (9/15/2014 1:43:00 PM) Post reply

    Let me express my sincerest gratitude to all senior hunters who have been reading my poems with much attention. Thank you all.

  • Jefferson Carter Rookie - 1st Stage (9/15/2014 1:11:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    John, I believe M. (whatever or whoever he is) is suggesting paraphrasing a poem as a first step to understanding it. Not a bad idea though many reputable poets today write work that isn't " subject-driven" but " language-driven" ; in other words, you can't paraphrase the content because the poet's focus is on the surface of the poem's language. Very hard to articulate what many modern poems are " about." Read Jon Ashbery for an example..

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  • Mohammad Skati Veteran Poet - 3rd Stage (9/15/2014 12:36:00 PM) Post reply

    I would like the other members to share discussing a certain topic in poetry like love, peace, ..., in detail about a certain poet or poets. Thanks.

  • Nicole Binder Rookie - 1st Stage (9/14/2014 8:59:00 PM) Post reply

    Hello! I am in search of Maya Angelou reciting her poem " I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" ?I heard a snippet of it on the news but have no found the full version of here actually reciting it. Thanks for your help!

  • Okunuga Olanreywaju Rookie - 1st Stage (9/14/2014 1:32:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    Please everybody I need your comment about my poem am new in this website please encounrage me by reading my poem and tell me what you see

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    • Frank Ovid Rookie - 1st Stage (9/15/2014 10:30:00 PM) Post reply | Read 3 replies

      Pace yourself Westlake. Ease it down to 500-600 per day. You'll get there.

    • John Westlake Freshman - 2nd Stage (9/14/2014 11:55:00 PM) Post reply

      I will be reading your work soon enough. Am wading through mountains, but I will reach you. Please be patient

  • Gulsher John Rookie - 1st Stage (9/13/2014 2:08:00 AM) Post reply

    Dingleberry has taken away all the golden EGGs home...sad

  • Tony Adah Freshman - 2nd Stage (9/13/2014 1:12:00 AM) Post reply

    ....a novice stepdancer practising his routine. I love this for it fits where I am. The young shall grow J C!

  • Gulsher John Rookie - 1st Stage (9/13/2014 12:45:00 AM) Post reply

    Gulsher John (9/12/2014 9: 20: 00 PM) Post reply
    Yesterday I was reading an article about Free verse, by Y.S Omand, that poses a pondering question: what it is that 'determines the 'length - and nature '- of the poem's line or a verse?(as JC says.) in formal and in free verse as well. Is this be the pattern of syllables or rhythm or any linguistic compulsion?can we figure out this question with the established conventions?Franky 'frankly' phrased this as crappy..., don't know why?****

  • Jefferson Carter Rookie - 1st Stage (9/12/2014 2:36:00 PM) Post reply | Read 3 replies

    Poemhumpers, here's my 9/11 poem. It took me 13 years to write. I may have posted it here before. I think it's good. Enjoy (or not) .


    The tower’s gray and white stripes
    like a corduroy curtain behind him,
    the man, dark-skinned, wearing
    a pale sports coat & black slacks,
    the man isn’t falling. I’ve superglued
    the photo upside-down to the inside
    of my closet door. He isn’t falling,
    one knee lifted, arms rigid, trapping
    the billowing skirts of his jacket
    against his sides. He’s anyone
    I can imagine. The father of many girls.
    An expert on the language of Greenland,
    which has no expletives. A novice stepdancer
    practicing his routine. Sometimes, when
    no one’s around, I open the closet door
    & say, “Good morning, Dancing Man.”

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    • Lamont Palmer Rookie - 1st Stage (9/13/2014 11:14:00 AM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

      JC, I enjoyed the poem, now, and the first couple of times I read it. Naturally the subject matter helps it along, as it quite deliberately plays on the emotions (not saying there's anything necessari ... more

    • Gulsher John Rookie - 1st Stage (9/13/2014 12:17:00 AM) Post reply

      Why JC, you'r afraid of someone to open your closet when no one around? He is not 'anyone' he is 'THAT' particular man; Dark skinned. i read it so many times, indeed a hard nut to crack. Superbly cr ... more

    • Frank Ovid Rookie - 1st Stage (9/12/2014 9:16:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      I REALLY like this poem. Makes me sad though.

  • Gajanan Mishra Bronze Star - 4th Stage (9/12/2014 8:24:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    A little faith,
    I have with me,
    Please come and
    take it, I am
    ready to deliver
    you at this time.
    A little faith
    That is with me
    is ready to
    go to you for
    the purpose of
    Please come and
    see in you, the truth.

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