James Mills

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1.
War Torn
Some remnant living in muscle memory
is pressed, dressed and polished each time
he marches, slowly now and with tired bones,
to the Legion for his Friday bingo.
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2.
Terminal Leave. France 1917
I spent last night in my valley.
Green and peaceful, it is.
Slow wagons of unburdened past
creak slow down berry-bright lanes.
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3.
After The Deluge
There's a blue harmony to Summer rain,
Its subtle rhythm suits the mood I'm in,
A pulsing tempo, a liquid refrain
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4.
A Few Degrees Of Heat
A slope of rising road
gains on the pair of us -
forcing silence.
Dusty birds and drunken bees
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5.
For The Children
Along about now
old Day pulls the covers up
and whispers night-night.
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Andy Konisberg 07 May 2005
some real promise here...I've left comments on a few. I like the fact that you switch in between styles and structure... I don't think you handle dialogue in quite as effective way as you could because often it completely divides the poems...I would suggest integrating descriptive elements with dialogue, to retain cohesion....there are some great elements here; some really wonderful stand-out lines and I think 'Quiddity', 'For the children', 'Terminal leave', and I think another I commented on, are the most impressive pieces in terms of maintaining rhythm and structure...even though you are mainly writing free-verse poetry. There is some excellent turns of phrase at times, and I look forward to reading your future postings, James.
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Michael Shepherd 07 May 2005
James, I see you've drawn the spite rating from the 'oners' for your poems. Sorry if my posting was to blame...
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Fabulous skill with words. The 'More Info' lists many different James Mills. You are obviously a serious poet and I would like to read more of your work. So? Who are you?
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