James Mills

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  • Andy Konisberg (5/7/2005 9:08:00 PM)

    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.

  • Michael Shepherd (5/7/2005 4:36:00 AM)

    James, I see you've drawn the spite rating from the 'oners' for your poems. Sorry if my posting was to blame...

  • Frances Macaulay Forde Frances Macaulay Forde (5/2/2005 11:36:00 AM)

    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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Best Poem of James Mills

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.
His numbers, in all the years, haven't shown
as ex-corporal caller turns the wheel
and the same bally jokes revolve and drop,
snipered, on the half-deaf, half-dead, half-full
hall of pensioners with fat pens
and luckless grins whose week's entertainment
spins and tumbles. Someone checks. They groan.
He removes his specs sauntering barwards
for his first pint, shouts an old joke, ...

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