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  • Jefferson Carter (9/1/2014 4:50:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies Stage

    Poemhumpers, this is a prize-winning poem?OK, I'll admit Richard Vargas, the editor, and I have been at each other's throats (he's one of those self-styled progressives who blocks you if you dare disagree with him) , and I'll admit there's no accounting for tastes. BUT to award this poem $500?I don't get it. What do you think?


    (Winner of " The Mas Tequila Review’s" 1st Annual Margaret Randall Poetry Prize)

    The earth would continue
    turning, whether there’d been a second explosion
    or a flood or oil spill or indescribable heat.

    Whether the syllable of cancer soiled
    a sentence. Whether what we had could
    remind us of what we wouldn’t.

    We were working,
    and now we are hiding.

    We decide we need to be away
    from bridges and crossings and carnage.

    We call on raptors to release us,
    then we stock our pantries.
    We boot up for the open country.

    Geography causes everybody to worry
    about different things.

    We stand where we can see and meet
    our neighbors—

    where time moves shyly
    in single seconds.

    - Lauren Camp

    (Randall comments, this poem “is both grand and intimate. Its craft draws me in and rewards me, deeply. Its momentum builds. And I love its final two lines, which bring its vast geography into human time.”)

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    • Lamont Palmer (9/2/2014 3:50:00 AM) Post reply Stage

      This poem is too preoccupied with saying something 'important'. There are a few nice lines in it, but the banalities override them. It typifies these kinds of contests where mediocre poems spewing pla ... more

    • Professor Plum (9/1/2014 8:38:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies Stage

      Jeff, I love the ending and several lines ring my poetic bell, " ...syllable of cancer soiled a sentence." is very nice (maybe trying a bit too hard though?) . Overall, I'd throw 500 bucks a ... more

  • Jefferson Carter (9/1/2014 11:43:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

    Well, fellow Poemhumpers, my reading in St. Paul was good, a small but appreciative audience, which, I guess, is better than a large but indifferent crowd. I sold a couple of my new and selected, always satisfying, and re-connected with Bob, a friend from grad school, and his lovely partner, Ann. I also got to know David, the manager of Subtext books, and Steve Mueske, my fellow reader, whose work is really, really fine. I was going to read about 20 poems, but reading to 15 people feels like listening to one's echo. I cut out 5 poems but liked the way the new poems I did recite were received. Fun times in the land of 10,000 lakes.

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  • John Westlake (8/31/2014 7:32:00 PM) Post reply | Read 3 replies Stage

    My fellow poets (both young and old) , this is a friendly warning. There have been a few members who have been getting scam messages from members in Senegal. This is just one of the messages sent to one member:

    I am happy to view your profile
    today i pray and go through it than i decided to contact you,
    I am just a simple lady and single.
    I want you to understand that age, color or distance does not matter
    but loving and caring matters a lot in life,
    I will appreciate it so much if you directly contact me through my email address which is
    ( to enable me tell you more information about me,
    because i don't know much here I will await for your email

    As soon as you contact her/him/them via your email, she/he/they will basically tell you some sob story and say that they have a large amount of money (normally about £50,000) that they want give to you. They will ask for your bank details and ask them to send money to them, usually £500. Please for the love of the creator, don't send them any money and report their profile to Poem Hunter. These people are criminals who just want to take your money and give nothing in return. Please don't let these people corrupt the site and ruin it for every one. Please share this with ALL of your poem hunter contacts to let them know.

    Thanks for reading


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  • Mohammad Skati (8/31/2014 12:17:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies Stage

    I am, as a translator - an interpreter, reading a lot of poems in different languages and that helps me to figure out what's going on with different forms of poetry in different languages. I do translate a lot of poems on a daily basis for different poems by different poets just to convey poetry in a good way to many people. Thanks.

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  • Gajanan Mishra (8/30/2014 10:00:00 AM) Post reply | Read 2 replies Stage

    Let me come and see the world that is like me.

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  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (8/29/2014 11:11:00 PM) Post reply | Read 6 replies Stage

    Ancient Mariner is a poem about French revolution in which STC and WW both took part..Seeing the end disgusted with he penned the poem When Albatross was depicted as good omen means Revolution was fair when Albatross became evil omen revolution gone out the track and WW back to Tin tern Abbey..STC has the peculiarity in Cryptic symbolism go through Kublai Khan- It was dream- Cryptic - - request from Members to comment and make literature more interesting for them those are the student of the language...thank you

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  • Adam M. Snow (8/29/2014 4:19:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

    I have found one of my earliest poems that I have written back before I knew what real poetry was. I was never taught how to write poetry in school, not even in high school. I had to teach myself. This poem I wrote when I was a freshman in high school. I do have to admit, this poem was bad. I do have to say that I've learned a lot over the years and my poetry has grown a whole lot better. To get an idea to where I started off at, here is that terrible poem of mine. I just wish my school would've taught me poetry, but because I was in special ed, they kept telling me that it was too advanced for me. I had to teach myself poetry because my school wouldn't. This isn't my very first poem, but it's one of them.

    Blood on the Floor
    By: Adam Snow

    Do you see the blood on the floor?
    Do you see the blood on my hands?

    What have I done?I am slowly dieing
    and I can't stop it. What was I thinking?

    Than I remember the pain my abusive
    parents has put upon me.

    " Was there something else that I could've done?
    Instead of killing myself?"  I cried out.

    Than a bright light appear and a voice called
    out to me, " Young child I'm hear to tell you that
    someone loves you, that it is not to late to call his name
    and ask him to forgive you."

    It was an angel. I did what she said. I cried out, " Jesus."
    I cried out his name again, " Jesus I'm sorry,
    please forgive me father."

    After I said that prayer, I saw a bright light.
    It was heaven. I then know now that
    I was in a better place.

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    • Peter Stavropoulos (8/29/2014 9:58:00 PM) Post reply Stage

      It's hard to go past what you're saying in the poem. The experience you had. I hope your life is much happier now. For me, my wife and daughters are my lifeline. I hope you have some good people in yo ... more

  • Mohammad Skati (8/29/2014 8:46:00 AM) Post reply | Read 2 replies Stage

    I suggest studying William Shakespeare and his great works especially his sonnets, so we all can benefit.

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    • John Westlake (8/30/2014 2:38:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

      Shakespeare is a good start, but don't forget people like Wordsworth or Shelley. There is much to be gleaned from the long gone poets if you have the patience

    • Peter Stavropoulos (8/29/2014 4:25:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

      " Suggest" is a better word than " want" . You assume we haven't read Shakespeare, why?

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (8/29/2014 8:18:00 AM) Post reply | Read 2 replies Stage

    Poetry is a diplomatic trap to catch human by a superhuman state of thinking. Supra-conscious strategy of hacking human mind.

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    • Frank Ovid (8/29/2014 8:24:00 PM) Post reply Stage

      I want my poetry to be like a serial killer with a hatchet, hacking the human mind. Some have told me it does. That's a compliment.

    • John Westlake (8/29/2014 7:31:00 PM) Post reply Stage

      An interesting theory. Not one I can agree with straight up. When I write, I do so because I want to. I never have considered using my poetry as a weapon. If there are people out there who would, ... more

  • Nehemiah Theophylus Haokip (8/29/2014 7:37:00 AM) Post reply | Read 4 replies Stage

    Poetry is an art of Psychological science, and deep meditation to look inside and out side of every nature both living and non living things as well as universal

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