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  • Rookie Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler (8/17/2005 1:17:00 PM) Post reply | Read 3 replies
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    Cadaver update! ! so the corpse is moving right along. and we've welcomed a few more PHers on board since it kicked off. so far, after putting all the stanzas together, it seems to come together rather nicely. next time, we should do a Corpse on Charles Dickens' Breasts!

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    • Rookie Herbert Nehrlich1 (8/17/2005 5:30:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      I am not familiar with the drinking habits of Charles Dickens. Liver damaging substances like alcohol will eventually cause the development of male boobs, due to an imbalance (excess) of oestrogen.As ... more

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  • Rookie Hailie Barker (8/17/2005 11:21:00 AM) Post reply | Read 4 replies

    hi everyone! i'm new here, and to writing poetry, and i was wondering if anyone could offer me some inspiration. i've hit 'a writers block'! lol thanks x

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    • Rookie Richard George (8/17/2005 2:11:00 PM) Post reply

      What I normally do is go out of doors, to a cafe or a pub maybe or just a park bench, and observe people and let my impressions of them guide me. It's surprising how often an event happens that can th ... more

    • Rookie Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler (8/17/2005 11:26:00 AM) Post reply | Read 4 replies

      we're collaborating on an Exquisite Corpse poem on the Forum. the topic is Emily Dickenson's Breasts. if you want in, i can add you to the list. just let me know! the rules of the game are eac ... more

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  • Rookie Mike Dunning (8/17/2005 4:07:00 AM) Post reply | Read 4 replies

    Hello all I am new here so please be gentle with me LOL

    When I was at school I read a poem I think it was called '50,000 body bags'

    Can anyone help me out with finding this poem I thought it was by charles Causley but is not on here

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    • Rookie Peter Robinson (8/26/2005 7:47:00 PM) Post reply

      I know the poem you are looking for. I have it at work. Unfortunately, I'm away on a course this week so can't access it. I may have a copy on file somewhere. If you're not in a rush I can certain ... more

    • Rookie Michael Shepherd (8/17/2005 10:20:00 AM) Post reply

      Gwynn and Kinnell also wrote well-known poems entitled 'Body Bags'...

    • Rookie Michael Shepherd (8/17/2005 10:14:00 AM) Post reply

      If you Google: International War Veterans Poetry Association, you'll get some pretty devastating poetry, including Moller's 'Body Bags'. Ouch. There's a bit of confusion hereabouts, since '50,000 bod ... more

    • Rookie Richard George (8/17/2005 4:57:00 AM) Post reply

      I think you want the forum 'Looking for ... more

  • Rookie allan james saywell (8/17/2005 1:34:00 AM) Post reply

    when are you going to bury that corpse Jake you had a little success why not
    let it decompose and may it rest in peace

  • Rookie Maty Grosman (8/17/2005 1:19:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    'Poetry Snob (8/16/2005 2: 37: 00 PM)

    Yes, and an idea without words (fresh diction, basic undwerstanding of sound, etc.) is boring pomposity. Snob'

    Your statement is not valid because a word (i.e. a concept) IS an idea! If it is not, as I said, it is gibberish. (A sound that represents nothing and has no connection to existence.)

    As much as I didn’t want to get into any personal affairs around here, you seem to be both anxious and desperate to enter one...How come you (unsuccessfully) try to answer a remark I made on a comment (which substance it did happen to understand, and agree with, while correcting only the way it was presented) before attempting to uphold your previous arguments?

    For the future, I just want to state that I have no intention of engaging myself in childish games. I have neither the time, nor the interest do so.
    If you want to have a proper, valuable conversation, from which we both might collect some fruits; I will be more then happy to continue.
    Yet, if all you are going to do is keep trying to prove that yours is bigger then mine, you better find someone else to challenge.

    Sincerely, for the last time,

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  • Rookie allan james saywell (8/16/2005 8:01:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    hello everybody i'm your new self appointed critic who will serve the members of this sight without fear or favour

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    • Rookie Poetry Hound (8/16/2005 9:31:00 PM) Post reply

      Hello Allan 'Poetry Blob' Saywell. I would say anyone who comments on a poem here is a self-appointed critic.

    • Rookie Max Reif (8/16/2005 8:37:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      Welcome, Blobbie. That's a nice, poetic name. I saw 'The Blob' when I was ten.Do you know we already have Poetry Snob? Are we gonna have Poetry Fob, Poetry Bob, Poetry Slob, etc, etc all joining us to ... more

  • Rookie Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler (8/16/2005 10:59:00 AM) Post reply | Read 4 replies

    i thought i'd give about 24 hours for folks to come on board with the Corpse Poem, so here we go.

    we'll make it topical. 'Emily Dickenson's Breasts' seems to be the topic of choice. each poet will compose a five line stanza. i will PM each of you when your turn comes with one (1) line from the preceding poet for you to start your stanza off. please reply back to me with your stanza and i'll move it along.

    if you have any burning questions, just shoot.

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  • Rookie Michael Shepherd (8/16/2005 10:17:00 AM) Post reply

    My assessment is: there are three factors here. One is that PH has shortened its post-it time (though not always): second, it seems to have created two log-in streams, one for home page, one for posting; and third, whenever a server gets near being taken over by a bigger server, it's probably because of overloading and lacking the resources to expand. Right now, wanadoo which took over freeserve, which was getting worse and worse, asks for a redial sometimes every 20 seconds at peak times. So one sometimes can't get (because of the redial pending) back to what was going on before. AAAARGH.
    Put the three together and life's a bit... (Redial pending) ... ch.

  • Rookie Herbert Nehrlich1 (8/16/2005 4:44:00 AM) Post reply | Read 3 replies

    Off subject. Anyone having a lot of problems with the system asking for e-mail and password every few minutes. It's happening to me and it will lose my poems (freshly 'created') every time. Though I follow the advice now (was it Michael?) and save them after typing.
    Is it just me or is the system experiencing problems?
    Thanks for any volunteer answers.

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    • Rookie Max Reif (8/16/2005 8:22:00 AM) Post reply

      Everything always works like a charm (sorry for the cliche', let me change that to 'works like a nose'!) for me here except they still don't dropp the double 'p', usually. My e-mail program keeps ask ... more

    • Rookie Gol Mcadam (8/16/2005 6:30:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      Have you tried typing the poems on a word processor then 'Cut & Paste' to Poemhunter? It cuts down the time online.

    • Rookie Richard George (8/16/2005 5:23:00 AM) Post reply

      I've had not quite the same problem. On occasion there's only a limited time to type poems in. One longer poem of mine required *eight* attempts and extensive tugging of hair follicles. Thank the Lord ... more

  • Rookie Michael Shepherd (8/16/2005 4:13:00 AM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    Hunter-gatherers, backbiters, sinful and damned charitably included: two small matters.
    Do you ever read the supposedly poetry-related headlines on the home Page - like Nikki Giovanni's sister laid to rest (!) ... but sometimes they're really of interest. Usually they add a sign-up. But the current Kentucky item (third from bottom today) wants your sign-up first. This is tiresome - they just lead to more spam offers from 'associates'. I suggest we complain to PH when deprived of these riveting items by commercial stupidity...

    Second, has anyone ever contributed to the Academy's poets.org website for offerings? Naturally I'm not eligible even if, but I wondered if it contains any quality work.

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