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crypticbard commented on: windswept smiles by crypticbard 1 day 4 hours ago
So glad that it connects: So glad that it connects personally. This is an amalgamation of many summers  quilted together, which I feel brings the feeling to the forefront. Thanks for sharing your journey with this poem. /Rik.
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J9thxciv commented on: windswept smiles by crypticbard 1 day 10 hours ago
Beautiful evocation of past: Beautiful evocation of past memories. and it touched my own from the most significant summer of my life, decades ago.
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karlmcallister commented on: the fall by karlmcallister 1 day 10 hours ago
Thanks!: Hey, thanks for taking the time to comment on my poem! I've been browsing your works looking for a springboard into your work and mind. You right well and have a cohen like quality to your work which is kind of opaque, but which ar the same time leaves you wanting to know more about the mind and the experience(s) behind the poetry.  I stumbled over "cannot, will not" and could really identify with the sentiments. I tried to reply directly in the poem but fot a message that I wasn't authorized. So, hope you get this reply.  I tried to reply directly in the poem but fot a message that I wasn't authorized. So, hope you get this reply. The reference to writing to someone long dead gave me an association to this text by the Indigo Girls who do the same thing to Virginia Wolf.  I think you might like it. The only problem is that they write so fucking well that one is left to feel a little impoverished in comparison. Be well and vest of luck with your work. 
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Rebecca commented on: Bonded by Rebecca 1 day 12 hours ago
Thank you for taking the time: Thank you for taking the time to read my poem :)  
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J9thxciv commented on: Caper Emissarius, A Poem For Peri Bathous by J9thxciv 1 day 18 hours ago
I have not found, nor read,: I have not found, nor read, the text of Pope's essay.  Never could find it online.  I just liked the sound of the title as a name for a hater, lol.
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J9thxciv commented on: The Storm by rachel 1 day 23 hours ago
Yes, the tempo of the storm: Yes, the tempo of the storm is counterpointed to the tone and sound of the speaking voice in the poem.  The poem displays its verbal power successfully and dramatically.
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J9thxciv commented on: Finale II by rachel 1 day 23 hours ago
From deceptively simple: From deceptively simple language, the poem creates a devestatingly poignant and philosophically compliex perspective.  Your poem reminds me of something J.V.Cunningham, one of America's greatest Poets, said:  that the best Poetry looks like it was easy to write, and is, in truth, too difficult for most people to write.  This poem, like your other poems, meets and exceeds the Cunningham test.
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J9thxciv commented on: Finale by rachel 1 day 23 hours ago
Prey-fear and dawn dew?: Prey-fear and dawn dew? Really?  From four such simple and ordinary words, juxtaposed by the poem's process, you present a highly emotional, profoundly complex, thought which far transcends the ordinary simplicity of the words as we normally use them.  To me, this is a textbook perfect example of the highest function of Poetry:  to draw from our ordinary words concepts that far exceed the sum of those words.  Poetry, when written by a real Poet and not a mere poseur, is like a star---fusing all sorts of elements from the simplicity of hydrogen, and providing to us the by-products of light and warmth.  You are writing real Poetry . . . as if you had invented the concept and form.
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J9thxciv commented on: The Fate of Stars by rachel 1 day 23 hours ago
Thus us the best kind of: Thus us the best kind of poem---because it presents a seeming paradox and then demands an answer to its concluding question.  And the particular approach to this poem's unique perspective is both articulate and provocative.  This is a poem of powerful discernment and demonstrates that a real Poet is always more compelling than even the finest philosopher.  Wow!!!
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rachel commented on: The Storm by rachel 2 days 2 hours ago
Thank you so much! I've sent: Thank you so much! I've sent you pm to better express my thanks and say how pleased I am that you've liked my recent bout of work. As for this poem, I wanted the lines to somewhat reflect the tempo of a storm, how the threat looms overhead, them strikes suddenly and then recedes just as quickly; the last stanza is meant to evoke an emotion or imagery of listening to the last roll of thunder in the distance
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J9thxciv commented on: The Storm by rachel 2 days 3 hours ago
Your extended metaphor is: Your extended metaphor is very impressive, as is the modulation of the poem's voice---quiet at the beginning and end, but mire emphatic in those lines that begin with "I was raised."  Once again, I gladly say, as I did about the Siren poem and the Fox poem:  I really, really enjoyed reading this one.
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crypticbard commented on: Caper Emissarius, A Poem For Peri Bathous by J9thxciv 2 days 7 hours ago
Read up on Peri Bathous but: Read up on Peri Bathous but could not find the text itself. Will try to search via 'Alexander Pope.' It should be public domain by now. (scratches head)
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sweetwater commented on: Summer’s Bones. by sweetwater 2 days 16 hours ago
Thank you very much, I'd: Thank you very much, I'd forgotten about this one only found it when I looked at my old iPad. Autumn is a favourite of mine too. :-) Sue.
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crypticbard commented on: Three Trillion by owlcrkbrg 2 days 19 hours ago
I like how this poem invites: I like how this poem invites people to be useful and aware of our interactions within our habitat. Thanks for sharing.
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crypticbard commented on: Bonded by Rebecca 2 days 19 hours ago
Bonding does require the: Bonding does require the giving of time to each other. This is a beautiful thought and a beautiful poem to match. Thanks for sharing.
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