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  • Rookie Isaiah Rodrigues (4/10/2014 8:00:00 AM) Post reply
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    when I'm around you everything wrong felt so right
    even in my arms i held you in spite
    our differences wanted to make you my miss
    now all I see is dusted and fake kisses

  • Bronze Star - 5,211 Points Daniel Brick (4/8/2014 11:30:00 PM) Post reply | Read 3 replies

    The 19th century English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge write several definitions of poetry. ONE of them (I'm paraphrasing) " the best words in the best order." Great! But that gives a very important task to fulfill, namely, to find the BEST words. You have to sift through your vocabulary, check a dict'y or thesaurus, write a draft and look it over and MAKE CHANGES that improve the expression. That's what writing poetry is all about. The notion that poetry is an inspired spontaneous flow of words that spills on to the page and spills some more and some more - that's writing a diary or journal, which is preliminary writing to poetry writing. It's actually very helpful as one of my poetry teachers, Michael Dennis Browne, told the class. Why?Because you empty all the junk in the front of your mind onto paper, get rid of it, so your truest, deepest thoughts can arise. Try it. You'll be amazed at this process. Eventually, you won't have to spend as much time EMPTYING your mind and you will get to the good stuff much faster. Also, if poetry is indeed the BEST WORDS, you don't need to write 40 lines,50 lines, _____lines, you fill in the blank. A poem is meant to be compressed. It a bundle of energy waiting to explode! Trust your readers' imaginations to be launched into visionary space by the explosion you set off. How can they soar imaginatively if your poem goes on and on and on. There was a modern Latin American poet who wrote one poem a week for many years. On Sunday she wrote a draft of the week's poem on a blackboard, then for each day Mon. through Sat. she erased some of it, everyday the draft got smaller, leaner, more compressed. By the next Sun. she had a diamond-poem!

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    • Bronze Star - 5,211 Points * Sunprincess * (4/27/2014 2:14:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      ...............an amazing write...you write the best comments on poems and writing poetry...I can always learn something when I read your comments...have a wonderful day..

    • Bronze Star - 5,211 Points Richard Blay (4/9/2014 3:16:00 PM) Post reply

      I agree with you Dan... my opinion about poem is..., turn a whole book into one page, then, turn the one page into a paragraph, then, turn the paragraph into a sentence, and if possible, turn that sen ... more

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  • Bronze Star - 5,211 Points Daniel Brick (4/8/2014 11:06:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    First things first! I want to add my appeal to those who have already written this forum is about poetry, it's not poems. Publish those at your site. Here we discuss the process of writing poems, so that we become better poets. I've been involved with POEMHUNTER since last Oct. I've published just over 33 poems in that time which I consider a lot! They have all gone through extensive revision, which is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. I have often been importuned to read poems by the poet himself or herself. Well, well, except in a very few occasions I have waited patiently - what other kind of waiting is there?- for people to discover my poems. And they do. Steadily but slowly. Here's a suggestion - first, a warning: Too often I read at my Poems Site a comment like this: NICE POEMS. I LIKE THEM. READ MINE AND GIVE ME COMMENTS. Well, to be perfectly, bluntly honest, that kind of statement does not encourage me to read said poet's poems. You squeeze out 5 words about my sincere efforts and then expect me to read and comment on YOURS! The first time you read someone's poems, just stay in that reading/appreciation frame of mind. Show by your comments you have REALLY, HONESTLY read them. Let the poet for whom you are expressing appreciation discover your poems. Don't ask them!

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    • Bronze Star - 5,211 Points Paul Butters (5/26/2014 5:57:00 PM) Post reply

      Daniel I have just happened upon this and totally agree. Very irritating, " Please read mine now I've read yours." Urggh. Yes it's spamming or even begging, and very prevalent on this site. ... more

  • Rookie Richard Blay (4/8/2014 11:50:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Let the boy in you write first, then the man in you can edit later.

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  • Rookie Michael Hylton (4/7/2014 6:01:00 AM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    It's funny! But I've been searching through the forums on this site, everywhere I look all I find is people posting their own poems. Is not the purpose of these forums to discuss ways and techniques in writing poems?Is not the purpose to create ideas on how to write?If so, then where are the discussions, where are the techniques and ideas. I have not found any advice, techniques or ideas on writing. Maybe it’s just me.

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    • Rookie Richard Blay (4/8/2014 11:44:00 AM) Post reply

      I really agree with you. I think people are struggling to be noticed... the purpose of this forum is not met.

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  • Rookie - 114 Points Kolade Seun (3/28/2014 7:40:00 PM) Post reply

    Dear readers, below is a poem meant to lament the disaster involved in a war or similar experience. The victims of war are not its only casualities, 'they are well out of it'... But we that remain behind to mourn these losses are the main casualities... We should avoid any cause for a violent process and embrace dialogue wherever we find ourselves...


    Its weird only when its a cry;
    Its mild and a norm to be without a fright;
    cataclysmic experiences bury forever plight;
    Unexpected predicaments to contend with all the remain might;
    weirdness conceived...

    Sojourn in the land of fear;
    Cheap commodities of fright for sale;
    what a journey to embark on by this new itinerant!
    Lucid variations of harmonious feeling of fear;
    pale pedestrians sail in their pairs...

    A new life of charade for the fear of fear;
    recurring encasulation of the reason for the tear;
    the fear to play;
    even to pray;
    All squadron withdraw, retreat and hide with personalities of lesser fear;
    still, no not one, that is not borne with this same fear.

    Critical critics are welcomed. For other lines of my thoughts, kindly check out this link: http://www.poemhunter.com/kolade-seun

  • Rookie Trynian Aiuyer (3/27/2014 11:25:00 PM) Post reply

    I like the feel of it!

  • Rookie Richard Blay (3/27/2014 3:01:00 PM) Post reply

    Has your mistakes given you any new idea(s) , well, consider them carefully before you discard them.

  • Rookie - 2 Points Obodokasi Agbor (3/18/2014 6:33:00 PM) Post reply

    I'm here to learn for I have learnt enough to learn that every man is a learner.

  • Rookie Nonso Ibe (3/18/2014 2:01:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Public masturbation
    Mental masturbation.

    I think my poetry is fine
    the problem is making money from it

    this is a problem because i don't want to do anything else

    i just got rejected from creative writing school
    i know i am good enough to get in
    i don't know why they didn't take me

    Poetry is easy
    so is blasphemy

    human beings are greedy
    except they choose not to be

    writing this piece is unnecessary
    i could plant my vegetables
    and rare my life-stock

    but i choose this,
    i choose you

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    • Rookie K.c. Ford (4/3/2014 10:23:00 AM) Post reply

      You state poetry is easy to write and that your motive for writing what you call poetry is money. Forget it and go back to growing vegetables because lust for money will not produce poetry of substanc ... more

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