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  • (12/24/2007 7:16:00 AM)

    I enjoyed this poem, Ivan. There really is a great deal of tension on this site between genuine poetic impulse (of which I think there's fortunately still a good deal) and distractions and impediments (be they the countless sticky ads, the site's mechanical breakdowns that impede, the boorish disinclination of the staff to respond to feedback that they themselves have solicited, the encouragement to rate flippantly instead of providing a sincere response, or the foolishness entered as poetry or response to poetry) .

    Still, from time to time a response appears that really does feel sent from the heart to the heart-and that can be a special moment. Thanks for sharing.


  • POEM: I Am a House by Sonny Rainshine (12/9/2007 8:46:00 AM)

    I think this one is right in there with your very best, Bill. I really enjoyed it!

    Direct and clear, your observations regarding the various components of your 'house' - roof, chimney, room, ceiling and floor - are thoughtful self-appraisals of yourself and your life experiences. (Perhaps I am just reading sloppily (?) , but your discussion of your walls seems to shift viewpoint - from the walls of your house itself (whether interior or exterior, loadbearing or not) and their door sizes, locks, etc. to the outside walls surrounding a property that can be augmented by barb-wire, barricades, etc. The rest, though, seems wonderfully integrated, and the tone and content are perfectly compatible. Very nice job, indeed!

  • POEM: I Am a House by Sonny Rainshine (11/21/2007 5:51:00 AM)

    This is really, really good! A rather unique perspective presented marvelously, with assurance and wit...and sincerity, too. You start strong and finish stronger. Among other things, you show that the sonnet, even if only in its length, can still work as a fantastic vehicle to focus, concentrate and express thought and feeling.

    I know I can be obtuse, but I don't get how the title 'Dark Wind' works with the poem (unless you are referring to the dark wind of the mind's enjoyment of itself) Please let me know sometime if you have a free moment. Luckily my sluggishness about this did not detract from a fantastic reading experience. Thank you.

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  • Chuck Toll (12/25/2007 8:21:00 AM) Post reply

    Wishing PH Staff and Members a Merry Christmas

    All has not been corrected,
    But like Scrooge ressurrected
    I’m prepared to relent.
    Still, I hope you’ll repent.

    Make your New Year’s resolve
    Be more quickly to solve
    Your site’s IT troubles
    Before user rage doubles,
    Then triples, quadruples…
    Come, show us some scruples!

    Also, it wouldn’t hurt
    To make reply (albeit curt)
    When a member sans fuss
    Speaks to you through “contact us.”
    That would feel more polite
    And would be more upright.

    But in honor of this day of fun,
    I say, ‘God bless us, everyone! ’

  • Chuck Toll (12/7/2007 5:10:00 PM) Post reply

    PH: Two Haiku For You

    The screen seems frozen
    but the pop-ups toil onward
    the soul links that work

    Our Sargasso Sea,
    circle of Hell Dante missed,
    yawns in its torpor

  • Chuck Toll (12/6/2007 4:17:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Please click 'post reply' to the right of 'Chuck Toll' and the PH poetry contest announcement, and it should open to provide you a box (which may look too small for a poem but in fact will accommodate it easily) . Then click 'post message' at the bottom of the box. Thanks for adding yours! CT

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