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  • Colin Down (10/27/2005 11:34:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Hi, there I thought that this would be a good place for information. I recently aquired a small leather bound poetry book by Matthew Arnold, it dates from 1928, can anyone tell me about this book, and would it be worth insuring?
    Many thanks

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    • Michael Shepherd (10/27/2005 4:06:00 PM) Post reply

      If I were you, I'd email Maggs or another of the rare book dealers in London and ask them the going rate. Arnold died in 1888 and out of fashion now, so I doubt it's worth much.

  • Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler (10/27/2005 8:43:00 AM) Post reply | Read 3 replies

    hey, what are you all doing for Hallowe'en? parties, costumes, masquerades, burnt pagan offerings, etc?

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    • Mary Nagy (10/27/2005 8:09:00 PM) Post reply

      Taking the kids trick-or-treating and then passing out candy at our house......typical halloween.

    • Michael Shepherd (10/27/2005 3:46:00 PM) Post reply

      A nice bit of timing over here - they've just found a 'witch-bottle' one of 200 or so found to date: you get the local white witch to fill it with a concoction of 30 or so ingredients, then stick it i ... more

    • Michael Shepherd (10/27/2005 11:13:00 AM) Post reply

      On my knees fending off the ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties, and things that go bump in the night, praying that All Saints' Day will arrive on schedule this year... is there another way ... more

  • Mary Nagy (10/27/2005 5:42:00 AM) Post reply

    A day late.......but HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO RONBERGE! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  • Marcy Jarvis (10/27/2005 5:30:00 AM) Post reply

    Brush your breath, brush your breath, brush your breath with DENTINE!

  • Jerry Hughes (10/26/2005 7:35:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Movers, those who eat soup with a fork, and Shakers. A little reminder that life through poetry isn't all doom and gloom. Nor is it a venue to vomit hatred,
    intermixed with racial vilification on to defenseless paper. Here's an example of how poetry can touch the soul deeply.


    Love set you going like a fat gold watch.
    The midwife slapped your foootsoles, and your bald cry
    Took it's place among the elements.

    Our voices echo, magifying your arrival. New statue,
    In a drafty museum, your nakedness
    Shadows our safety. We stand round blankly as walls.

    I'm no more your mother
    Than the cloud that distils a mirror to reflect its
    own slow
    Effacement at the wind's hand.

    All night your moth-breath
    Flickers among the flat pink roses. I wake to listen:
    A far sea moves in my ear.

    One cry, and I stumble from bed, cow-heavy and floral
    In my Victorian nightgown.
    Your mouth opens clean as a cat's. The window square

    Whitens and swallows its dull stars. And now you try
    Your handful of notes;
    The clear vowels rise like balloons.

    Sylvia Plath

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  • Allan James Saywell (10/26/2005 7:28:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    i have to ask this question i realize it's not the place to do it, but how much do YOU pay for a litre of petrol on average in the USA

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    • Herbert Nehrlich1 (10/27/2005 4:30:00 AM) Post reply

      I am so happy that my 5.7 Hemi V-8 uses so little fuel. H

    • Mary Nagy (10/26/2005 7:43:00 PM) Post reply

      Here in Michigan we are paying $2.40 per gallon.......that's for normal gas. Diesel fuel is $3.39 per gallon (that's really riling the truckers!)

  • Allan James Saywell (10/26/2005 2:30:00 PM) Post reply | Read 4 replies

    the poet who has the need to mark my poems with a one is back in town and i say to you thank you you must really care about my work to go to that much trouble

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  • Allan James Saywell (10/26/2005 2:18:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    got out of bed to have a early breakfast only 5.15 in the morning in tweed heads the rest of the family are sound asleep children seem to need sleep
    might have a bowl of fluoride for breakfast this morning

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  • Allan James Saywell (10/26/2005 1:57:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    the only thing i remember from my schooldays is the boy stood on the burning
    deck, tarzan swings tarzan falls, tarzan breaks his-- no i'v forgotten

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  • Michael Shepherd (10/26/2005 11:18:00 AM) Post reply | Read 3 replies

    I'm so cynical that any report that says 'There is no evidence that...' (harms, doesn't harm, etc) I assume means either they haven't devised a sound test, or they're selling something...

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    • Herbert Nehrlich1 (10/26/2005 8:46:00 PM) Post reply

      Michael it is the wisdom of age, nothing can beat it. Just watch as it further increases in the next 18 years and stay away from the fluoride. I will eat my hat and Sherrie's pink brassiere if I can b ... more

    • Herbert Nehrlich1 (10/26/2005 8:43:00 PM) Post reply

      Yes NAIVE is right. There is no evidence is often supported by 'findings' from epidemiology (statistics) , which is mostly useless and cannot be used for proof of anything but often is. Probably, th ... more

    • Poetry Hound (10/26/2005 2:15:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      It's standard language from careful scientists and researchers in all fields, Michael. 'There is no evidence that.. ' means exactly what it sounds like, that there's always a possibility that evidence ... more

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