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  • Lori Boulard (11/1/2005 9:10:00 AM) Post reply | Read 5 replies Stage

    Hello hunters, I hate to get tech-y on such a beautiful Tuesday, but does anybody know how to find recent comments posted to your poems w/o checking each one that's been read? It's fine with ten or so poems but now it's downright silly, and I don't want to miss anybody. Thanks in advance for any tips!

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    • Lori Boulard (11/3/2005 12:06:00 PM) Post reply Stage

      aaahh, I see I'm not alone. Max, I'll take your suggestion and bug the web-spinners.. or maybe take Andrew's tip & hit my site every five minutes until I'm NUMBER ONE, BABY!

    • Michael Shepherd (11/2/2005 4:53:00 AM) Post reply Stage

      This is a bit weird - there seemed to be this facility at one time - confusingly, 'comments' in one place got the commonts BY you, 'comments' on your stats page got the comments ON you - but I can 't ... more

    • Max Reif (11/1/2005 11:25:00 AM) Post reply Stage

      Yeah, the mgt wrote me some months back that they're workin' on it. It would be nice to have an update. If you e-mail them about it, you might have to be a little 'direct' in saying you really need th ... more

    • Michael Shepherd (11/1/2005 11:03:00 AM) Post reply Stage

      Go to your poems and hit those marked 'N ... more

    • Mary Nagy (11/1/2005 10:55:00 AM) Post reply Stage

      I don't think there is a way Lori. It s ... more

  • Allan James Saywell (10/31/2005 10:33:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

    i wrote a poem the other day on Austalian race mare 'Makybe Diva' she has just won the Melbourne cup for a record third time in a row she is now the greatest AusTrAlian race horse since PHARLAP

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  • Max Reif (10/31/2005 9:19:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

    a lengthy interview with William Stafford:

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    • Marcy Jarvis (11/1/2005 2:26:00 AM) Post reply Stage

      great interview. I was especially interested in what he had to say about how he didn't involve his family in his writing. He seems very sanguine about that. I also was curious about how he thought A ... more

  • Poetry Hound (10/31/2005 12:15:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

    Here's an unusual word usage site to bookmark - http: // It's called the Double-Tongued Word Wrester: A Growing Dictionary of old and new words from the fringes of English. For example: Share Of Throat n. the proportion of the beverage industry’s sales belonging to a specific brand or manufacturer.

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    • Marcy Jarvis (10/31/2005 6:00:00 AM) Post reply Stage

      I'm stuck on pocketbook and flawn and it couldn't help me with either of those, but thanks.

  • Allan James Saywell (10/30/2005 9:31:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

    i write under a couple of alter ego's on poem hunter but i still find it hard to decide which poems to allow my charactors to have i find it's like having duel personalaties after a while you become distant from them they start to assume personalities of there own one of my charactors i dont like him at all

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  • Jerry Hughes (10/30/2005 5:40:00 PM) Post reply | Read 7 replies Stage

    Greetings all. This hasn't anything to do with the current discussion, but to tell you I'll be off-air from this afternoon (Melbourne time) , until the morning of Tuesday, November 8.

    I'm off to Queensland, to visit my eldest son Mark, who was diagnosed with Parkinsons some time ago. But it seems the current regime of medication he's on, isn't doing what its supposed to.

    The dread fear of any parent is, one of their children proceeding them to the great unknown. However, I'll take your good wishes and pass them on. God knows, Mark needs every good wish he can get. Thanks, Jerry

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    • ***** ***** (10/31/2005 6:39:00 AM) Post reply Stage

      Your love for him is palpable. That should help you both through whatever comes. S.

    • Michael Shepherd (10/31/2005 4:34:00 AM) Post reply Stage

      Jerry, sad news and best wishes. But I feel I must offer this: that my own slight shake responds instantly to meditation. It's as if one vibration takes a superior precedence over the other in the ner ... more

    • Richard George (10/31/2005 12:40:00 AM) Post reply Stage

      All the very best to you both - always especially cruel when some one's struck down prematurely like this.

    • Jerry Hughes (10/30/2005 10:30:00 PM) Post reply Stage

      Sherrie, Linda, Herbert, Kitten, Jeffers ... more

    • Herbert Nehrlich1 (10/30/2005 8:23:00 PM) Post reply Stage

      No worries, be happy Dad. Best H

    • Mary Nagy (10/30/2005 7:29:00 PM) Post reply Stage

      We'll all be praying for your son Jerry. ... more

    • Max Reif (10/30/2005 7:08:00 PM) Post reply Stage

      Bless you, best to you both, Jerry. Hope ... more

  • Max Reif (10/30/2005 3:38:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

    I would be interested to see what anyone else might want to comments under Gershon Hepner's just-posted poem, 'lovetimes'.
    I found the poem, and Lawrence Pertillar's comment previous to the one I just made, very interesting.

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    • Allan James Saywell (10/30/2005 5:22:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

      I found it interesting Max so i wrote a poem about it i love inspirational poems they make me hungry and juice up my creative juices which in turn touches my gastric juices which makes me hungry, just ... more

  • Max Reif (10/30/2005 3:31:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies Stage

    Will someone please explain to me, without condescending, if possible, what the Stafford poem is doing and is not doing? As you would a student of yours, if you were a poetry teacher? I'd really appreciate it.

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    • Marcy Jarvis (10/31/2005 6:07:00 AM) Post reply Stage

      Stafford was a pacifist. I got this quote from his bio on AmericanPoems: 'I keep following this sort of hidden river of my life, you know, whatever the topic or impulse which comes, I follow it alon ... more

    • Michael Shepherd (10/31/2005 4:20:00 AM) Post reply Stage

      I'm not suggesting that this is Stafford's 'message' here, but perhaps his awareness (and was this one of his 'poetry teaching' poems, directly or indirectly, for poets?) : There's a beautiful dic ... more

  • Allan James Saywell (10/30/2005 2:48:00 PM) Post reply Stage

    just having my bowl of fluoride my bowl of oats Melbourne cup tomorrow i
    could finish in the lilly patch drunk and disorderly

  • Marcy Jarvis (10/30/2005 11:48:00 AM) Post reply Stage

    A Ritual To Read To Each Other

    If you don't know the kind of person I am
    and I don't know the kind of person you are
    a pattern that others made may prevail in the world
    and following the wrong god home we may miss our star.

    For there is many a small betrayal in the mind,
    a shrug that lets the fragile sequence break
    sending with shouts the horrible errors of childhood
    storming out to play through the broken dyke.

    And as elephants parade holding each elephant's tail,
    but if one wanders the circus won't find the park,
    I call it cruel and maybe the root of all cruelty
    to know what occurs but not recognize the fact.

    And so I appeal to a voice, to something shadowy,
    a remote important region in all who talk:
    though we could fool each other, we should consider-
    lest the parade of our mutual life get lost in the dark.

    For it is important that awake people be awake,
    or a breaking line may discourage them back to sleep;
    the signals we give-yes or no, or maybe-
    should be clear: the darkness around us is deep.

    William Stafford

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