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  • Gunasekaran Ra Rookie - 1st Stage (9/17/2014 4:31:00 AM) Post reply


  • Lamont Palmer Rookie - 1st Stage (9/16/2014 11:53:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    A quote from one of my favorite critics and thinkers on poetry. Post your own favorite quotes. Its fun. -LP

    'Surely we read poetry because it gives us a sense of the depths of language, meaning nudging meaning, then darting away, down to the unfathomed and muddy bottom. Critics, generations of critics, have devoted themselves to revealing how those words work, to showing that each sense depends on other senses. Not every poem has to be as devious and shimmering as Shakespeare (there is room for plain speaking, too) : but the best poetry depends on the subtlety and suggestiveness of its language. If we demand that poetry be so plain that plain readers can drink it the whole plain day, we will have lost whatever makes poetry poetry. (This plainest of plain poetry often goes, “Once upon a time, blah, blah, blah... ha! ha! ha! ”) It’s curious that complex or difficult poets of the previous generation, Robert Lowell and Anthony Hecht and Richard Wilbur, are still praised for the elegance and intransigence of their words, while young poets are told, in not so many words, that subtlety is old fashioned.' - William Logan

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    • Jefferson Carter Rookie - 1st Stage (9/17/2014 12:37:00 AM) Post reply

      What a shallow ass! What makes poetry poetry? Or more precisely, what makes good verse? Willie L. would probably say rhyme and meter, since he's so stuck on Wilbur and Hecht. He admits " There ... more

  • Frank Avon Freshman - 2nd Stage (9/16/2014 6:37:00 PM) Post reply

    We are asked to post our favorite poems and our favorite poets on PoemHunter. What I would like to see are some of your favorite anthologies. I'll begin with just four of mine:

    Brinnin, John Malcolm and others, eds. The modern poets an American-British anthology

    Collins, Billy Poetry 180: a turning back to poetry

    Janeczko, Paul B. Strings: a gathering of family poems

    Miller, E. Ethelbert In search of color everywhere: a collection of African-American poetry

  • ... Dog God 8hate Rookie - 1st Stage (9/16/2014 9:17:00 AM) Post reply

    . . . . Your Party

    yes ... (please observe!) ...

    i wish i could attend ...
    alas! a strenuous distance
    forbids, a disabling factor
    for a ... disabled shoe?
    i wear boots! But contingent on
    where worn ...
    this execrated traveler, an
    impeded chattel ...
    so subject ... so imposed
    of they so imperious ...
    they so masked in their
    invisible, non approachable
    lair... they, those stealthy,
    deceitful, but guileless ...



  • Abekah Emmanuel Freshman - 2nd Stage (9/15/2014 1:43:00 PM) Post reply

    Let me express my sincerest gratitude to all senior hunters who have been reading my poems with much attention. Thank you all.

  • Mohammad Skati Veteran Poet - 3rd Stage (9/15/2014 12:36:00 PM) Post reply

    I would like the other members to share discussing a certain topic in poetry like love, peace, ..., in detail about a certain poet or poets. Thanks.

  • Nicole Binder Rookie - 1st Stage (9/14/2014 8:59:00 PM) Post reply

    Hello! I am in search of Maya Angelou reciting her poem " I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" ?I heard a snippet of it on the news but have no found the full version of here actually reciting it. Thanks for your help!

  • Okunuga Olanreywaju Rookie - 1st Stage (9/14/2014 1:32:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    Please everybody I need your comment about my poem am new in this website please encounrage me by reading my poem and tell me what you see

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    • Frank Ovid Rookie - 1st Stage (9/15/2014 10:30:00 PM) Post reply | Read 3 replies

      Pace yourself Westlake. Ease it down to 500-600 per day. You'll get there.

    • John Westlake Freshman - 2nd Stage (9/14/2014 11:55:00 PM) Post reply

      I will be reading your work soon enough. Am wading through mountains, but I will reach you. Please be patient

  • Gulsher John Rookie - 1st Stage (9/13/2014 2:08:00 AM) Post reply

    Dingleberry has taken away all the golden EGGs home...sad

  • Tony Adah Freshman - 2nd Stage (9/13/2014 1:12:00 AM) Post reply

    ....a novice stepdancer practising his routine. I love this for it fits where I am. The young shall grow J C!

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