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Jefferson Carter Jefferson Carter Male, 92, United States (6/17/2013 11:45:00 AM)

David Wood, I read " G8" and didn't like it much. Why imitate 19th-century rhyming verse?The battle against formal verse, especially sing-song formal verse, was lost about 60 years ago. You need to STOP writing and start reading. Whether you want to write contemporary poetry or not, you don't have a choice. If you're serious about writing better poems, immerse yourself in the work of good contemporary poets, like Charles Simic, Philip Levine, Mary Oliver, etc. If you're not serious about writing decent poetry, why bother to post?

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  • Rookie - 339 Points David Wood (6/18/2013 10:54:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply
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    You really are an obnoxious snob. I was hoping people would read the message not focus on the style. You are being rather an anal retentive. If somebody emailed you that 'there will be a nuklear war in ten minutes' you would focus on the spelling error and not the message.

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    • Rookie - 339 Points Jefferson Carter (6/18/2013 12:16:00 PM) Post reply

      Ah, yes, David, the old " Snob" attack! When it comes to quality in art, you're damn tootin' I'm a snob! If you want readers to focus on your G8 message (such as it is) , write an email ... more

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