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  • Michael Shepherd (10/20/2005 4:48:00 AM) Post reply

    Anyone been to the opera Dr Atomic? Has it been on TV?

  • Herbert Nehrlich1 (10/19/2005 6:21:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    Apologies for my post about the pills below.
    I needed to respond to correct the misinformation (not to mention the misspelling of the two key players) in a message Marcy had posted to warn parents and others.
    It has little to do with poetry but to warn about one danger while introducing and recommending another one may affect the life and health of a potential future poet.

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    • Michael Shepherd (10/20/2005 4:45:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      Herbert, you might like to complete your useful survey with a comment about aspirin. Some doctors recommend this on the grounds that it is (or should be) extracted from the natural substance of the w ... more

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  • ***** ***** (10/18/2005 5:41:00 PM) Post reply | Read 3 replies

    okay so who has a magic formula for an absent muse that doesn't require alcohol..... (clarification post)


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    • ***** ***** (10/19/2005 10:46:00 AM) Post reply

      such interesting and varied responses! Thanks for suggestions

    • Michael Shepherd (10/19/2005 7:14:00 AM) Post reply

      I'd say - when you notice the Muse is attending some other more profitable patient...do whatever is the exact opposite from whatever you're being, doing, thinking, emoting, right now - provided it doe ... more

    • Herbert Nehrlich1 (10/18/2005 5:44:00 PM) Post reply

      Camomille tea, made from filtered Lourdes water, add two drops of liquor amonii caustici,4 drops of sirupus rubi ideae, one teasponn of cultured buttermilk, a sprig of organic parsley, one capsule of ... more

  • ***** ***** (10/18/2005 5:13:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Okay so who has a magic formula for an absent muse?

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  • Marcy Jarvis (10/18/2005 12:33:00 PM) Post reply

    I like this: 'as water
    is the first social fluency
    in any desert: the cistern
    comes later and is an inducement of false power.
    Which makes the thinning sorrow of flight
    the last disjunction, of the heart'

    It has the touch of the surrealists. Max?

  • Poetry Hound (10/17/2005 5:31:00 PM) Post reply | Read 11 replies

    Question: I’ve noticed that people like Raynette and Uriah, who leave lots of comments on other people’s poems, seem to receive a lot of comments on their poems. Is there a relationship between giving comments and receiving them? I’m not criticizing it, and besides, I think Raynette and Uriah produce some really fine poetry. I’m just wondering, does this kind of unspoken quid pro quo exist, and does it result in people writing comments with the hope or expectation of receiving them? Not that that’s the only reason, or even the main reason, you leave comments, but is it ONE of the reasons?

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    • Lori Boulard (10/18/2005 10:50:00 AM) Post reply

      I think logically there is, and many of my favorites on this site I may have missed if they hadn't thrown out the first pitch. With so many submissions, unless you post something new with a really ent ... more

    • Michael Shepherd (10/18/2005 7:21:00 AM) Post reply

      .. and may I add to Andy's posting - I'm really grateful for those of you who mention your 'discoveries' here. I find it difficult to keep up with those whose work I read regularly, and which in these ... more

    • Raynette Eitel (10/18/2005 12:26:00 AM) Post reply

      Well, since my name is mentioned, perhaps I ought to make some sort of statement. #1: I don't feel I leave more comments on other people's poems than, say, Andrew, John Kay, Nax Reuf or Michael Phill ... more

    • Max Reif (10/17/2005 10:54:00 PM) Post reply

      Also, I should add, hearing how poems I' ... more

    • Max Reif (10/17/2005 10:50:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      I do tend to leave comments under poems ... more

    • Mary Nagy (10/17/2005 7:02:00 PM) Post reply

      One more thought.......I have to say I h ... more

    • Mary Nagy (10/17/2005 5:58:00 PM) Post reply

      **just to add**The number rating is anot ... more

    • Mary Nagy (10/17/2005 5:52:00 PM) Post reply

      I absolutely think the two are related. ... more

    • Herbert Nehrlich1 (10/17/2005 5:37:00 PM) Post reply

      Yes. H

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  • Poetry Snob (aka Jefferson Carter) (10/17/2005 3:19:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    I've finally gotten around to reading Daniel's poetry. I'm amazed that a fifteen-year-old can write with such sustained sophistication. His work is impressive. An insane thought just popped into my head, the dreaded p-word: is he a pseudonym? Daniel, who are you really? My question is a compliment, because your work is far beyond any 15-year-old's I've ever encountered, but I'm sensing someone messing with my so-called mind. Maybe I need to double the meds. JC

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  • Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler (10/17/2005 7:37:00 AM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    i hope i didn't completely miss the boat with this, but i got started into poetry at an early age, mostly writing 'songs'. these so-called songs were horribly cliched, nothing more than a mimic to what i heard on the radio. i didn't start to blossom as a poet until high school, where thru some strange inspiration, i became an ersatz rap artist, composing my own rhymes and beats and passing out mix tapes and such. the rap stuff was total machismo tripe and grand bravado, much like it is today. i would hardly say any of it was notable. (except my poem 'Self Defense', which was actually a song on my last album in 1994.)

    poetry became the run-off from the rap lyrics i was writing. after i discovered the Beat poets, it was all over. a few of my poems were published in a few school publications and local newspapers. my Spanish teacher confiscated one of my poems in class once, and became so impressed with it, she submitted it on my behalf to a local magazine. her encouragement really gave me the confidence to pursue my interest in poetry.

    i graduated high school and retired my microphone, but i've never stopped writing, sharpening my skillz and honing my craft.

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    • Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler (10/17/2005 9:15:00 AM) Post reply

      Max, i hadn't posted the confiscated poem yet; it's in one of my dusty notebooks. i'll see if i can't dig it up, dust it off and put it up here. i'l be sure to let you know when i do! Sherrie, i ... more

    • Max Reif (10/17/2005 7:56:00 AM) Post reply

      wow, good story, Jacob! That's pretty cool about your teacher sending in the confiscated poem. You got that one on this site?

  • Poetry Hound (10/16/2005 7:59:00 PM) Post reply

    For fans of W.S. Merwin, he has a new book out, not poetry but his memoirs. It's called 'Summer Doorways' and received a good notice in the New York Times Book Review today.

  • Max Reif (10/16/2005 6:33:00 PM) Post reply | Read 4 replies

    Is there anything else for a poet to work with, or work from,
    besides intellect and emotion?

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    • Rookie - 1st Stage Ernestine Northover (10/17/2005 1:11:00 PM) Post reply

      How about a sense of humour! Sincerely Ernestine.

    • Rookie - 1st Stage Michael Shepherd (10/17/2005 6:40:00 AM) Post reply

      Observation of those wonderful and weird fellow human beings who are myself in heavy disguise... I'd say that the use of the senses, meeting that inner self we call intuition, is absolutely the essent ... more

    • Rookie - 1st Stage Marcy Jarvis (10/17/2005 3:19:00 AM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

      Oh, and I would say I work from intuition.

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