Michael Shepherd

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Comments about Michael Shepherd

  • Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler (12/6/2005 4:58:00 PM)

    i'd stop reading your work if its sheer brilliance failed to piss me off and make me envious. go ahead, write another masterpiece and show me up. see if i care. you can even rub it in, too!

    Jake

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  • Max Reif (11/5/2005 10:35:00 AM)

    I'm astonished that I haven't posted a comment here before. How would this look on the dust-jacket of Michael's e-book here on PH: 'I could think of far worse ways to spend my time than reading the 414 (as of Nov, '05) poems in the 'complete PH works' of Michael Shepherd.' If Michael hadn't found Poemhunter, Poemhunter would have had to go out and get him. He makes it possible to at least sometimes bring at least a *veneer* of civilization to the Forum discussion group. Most days his warm, witty, and/or profound poems are some of the ones I read first.
    (AND, I know a poet here in America I think of as 'the American Michael Shepherd'-or alternately, M as 'the English Phil Phillips'. And I'm taking up a collection to get them together!)

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  • Gol Mcadam (7/12/2005 4:31:00 AM)

    Michael, I have only just discovered this comments page! So, can I take the opportunity to tell you that I enjoy and admire your work and am particularly interested in the spiritual aspect of it. Can I also thank you for your encouraging and often amusing comments on my stuff. Regards, Gol

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  • Andrew Konisberg (6/5/2005 4:27:00 PM)

    Michael, I can't believe I have never been on your comments page. I have read and enjoyed much of your work. You have often brought a modicum of decorum to the web-site. Yet, more importantly, you have offered some very laconic poetry and presented much food for thought. I like your style and salute your sonnets. You have also never failed to present yourself in a gentlemanly way, and are always there with words of encouragement (for even MY laughable attempts at writing a 'sonnet') . You are a paradigm of consistency and a bastion of erudition and good sense. Having said all that, can I loan some money?

    Best regards, A.K.47

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  • Raynette Eitel (5/20/2005 5:55:00 PM)

    Michael Shepherd is a poet who has mastered the craft of poetry. He manages to blend reality and fantasy in a believable manner and shares his memories and emotions without becoming maudlin. We are blessed to have so many of his poems on this website.

    Raynette

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  • Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler (4/29/2005 2:40:00 PM)

    Michael Shepherd is an excellent poet and an even better friend. he has great taste in beer, too!

    Jake

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  • Michael Shepherd (4/8/2005 4:32:00 AM)

    He Ru, groet! Wilkomen op poemhunter... en bedankt voor gefeliciteerd met mijn verjaardag! Tot ziens... veel liefs, Michael

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  • Michael Gessner (3/19/2005 2:14:00 PM)

    'A Novel Situation' is as finely spun as it gets; the language becomes the thing itself. I was switched into the scene with the exchange of the two figures in Sz.
    1, and thereafter the journey was irrevocably the reader's own. It's rare when a poem becomes the thing itself. The piece is a fascination.

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  • Sandra Osborne (3/12/2005 11:42:00 PM)

    from Paul....

    Paul England (3/12/2005 1: 08: 00 AM)
    Yes you think i'm angry no i just smile
    and i live in the real world and to call me sick is
    sad you people talked ill about my dead brother
    and i fight like a mad man you asked for it
    don't sit moaning now and if micheal speaks
    that way about me behind my back then he is
    not the man i thought he was

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  • Christian Eliab Ratnam (3/7/2005 9:35:00 PM)

    The poem ' A grief ago' was a beautiful piece of work. I would want to ponder on it a little more. GREAT WORK! ! !

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Best Poem of Michael Shepherd

! A Wish

I'd like to write - like grown-up poets do:
with similes that span the universe,
that sparkle, crackle, dazzle, woo the mind;
and touch the heart with tender, swoony verse...

I'd like to write - like grown-up poets do:
in literature that's all the better for
those soaring, parabolic parables
and paradigms, and rhymes, and metaphor...

I'd like to write - like no-one else has done:
forget the rules and precedents; let fly
to heights undreamt of yet, new mindscape won..

And yet, perhaps, the world's served better by

small lamps of words ...

Read the full of ! A Wish

0197 Being In Mind

Poets seek in poems, a truth that's yet to be:
to catch those glories half-formed in the mind,
those tantalising visions which we see
for fleeting seconds; fear may never find

again; yet leave a presence in the air,
the evanescent substance of a dream,
like half-remembered, half-forgotten care,
but known to be more real than they seem;