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  • Rookie - 7 Points Max Reif (12/31/2005 3:43:00 PM) Post reply
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    Just did the burning of the calendar.
    We don't eat the ashes till dinner, though.

  • Rookie Joseph Daly (12/31/2005 11:41:00 AM) Post reply

    An observation: Is it the time of the year for writers, because I have spent a good few hours over the past three days reading some fantastic works. I would have expected a sort of winding down, but no, that certainly is not the case. I'm not going to name names, you know who you are from comments that I have left. I am just bemused by this phenomenon.

  • Rookie - 138 Points Ernestine Northover (12/31/2005 11:20:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Hi Everybody. I shall drink a toast to you all for the New Year. My best wishes to everyone on PH, thanks for all the great times I have enjoyed since finding you all. You're a great bunch. Wherever you are, have a wonderful time, in whatever way you will be celebrating. See you all in 2006. Happy days! Love Ernestine XXX

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  • Rookie Michael Shepherd (12/31/2005 10:30:00 AM) Post reply | Read 3 replies

    Did you realise that if you hit PoetryAbout.com , our secret sister site, under your name, you get a popular fave list (by readers and computer, presumably) of your poems? Intriguing, and a nice way of breaking-in your resistant friends and relations to your work!

    If you're like me, and proudly love your poetic offspring all the more if you know they're liked by others - then give yourself a 2006 treat.

    My particular treat was finding well regarded, the poem I extracted from Rilke's advice to a young poet, and feeling that he himself was writing it today, with today's enjambment (for better or worse..) .

    Did I wish you all a happy 2006 already 5 times? Well here's the sixth.. spend the remaining hours of 2005 insh the condish conshun condishun youwd youdwant you'd want wanto be be in cheersebody evrybod frauld acqu frau quai...

    And a wish for international poetry in 2006: that it/we can/ join the love we have for the English language at its best, in the West, with the warm open heart that our Eastern brothers and sisters have revealed here this year...

    XXX Michael XXX

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    • Rookie Herbert Nehrlich1 (12/31/2005 7:07:00 PM) Post reply

      www.PoemsAbout.com is the correct site methinks. It appears that someone has put our poems in 'rating' order indeed. Wow! If so, a BIG THANKS, I needed that. H

    • Rookie Herbert Nehrlich1 (12/31/2005 6:49:00 PM) Post reply

      Exactly my question. I think it's the wrong name (?) H

    • Rookie Michael Voorhis (12/31/2005 3:19:00 PM) Post reply

      Wait, how do you go about doing this? I go to the site but it just seems like one of those low-end search engine pages.

  • Rookie - 7 Points Max Reif (12/31/2005 8:31:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Today's WRITER'S ALMANAC gives this inspiring detail from the life of Henri Matisse. If you're me you'll appreciate it:

    It's the birthday of the painter Henri Matisse, born in Le Cateau, France (1869) . He and Picasso are generally considered the two greatest painters of the twentieth century. But as far as historians can tell, there was absolutely no sign in Matisse's early life that he would go on to become an artist. He started out studying law, and though his law school was in Paris, Matisse never once attended an art museum while he was living there, not even the Louvre.

    He returned home after law school to take a clerical job in a lawyer's office when he was struck by a case of appendicitis. He was bedridden for weeks, and a neighbor suggested that he try passing the time by painting. His mother bought him a box of paints, and he read a how-to-paint book. He later described those first experiences painting as almost like a religious conversion. He said, 'For the first time in my life I felt free, quiet, and alone... carried along by a power alien to my life as a normal man.'
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    Today's ALMANAC also quotes Nicholas Sparks, a writer whose work I've never read, saying, Nicholas Sparks said, 'Writing the last page of the first draft is the most enjoyable moment in writing. It's one of the most enjoyable moments in life, period.'

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    • Rookie - 7 Points Declan McHenry (12/31/2005 9:13:00 AM) Post reply

      Max, an excellent post highlighting one strand of that topical oddity 'inspiration.'

  • Rookie - 7 Points Max Reif (12/31/2005 8:28:00 AM) Post reply

    Unusually, the NY TIMES has published a whole page of poetry today, by Seamus Haney and others who are also probably very famous, though their names aren't familiar to moi. BECAUSE the TIMES requires a log-in, I posted the whole enchilada on the FREEFORM POETRY FORUM here at PH (where I often go for walks because it's so quiet-there, you can hear silence and see your lone footprints in the snow) . Read your hearts out! (As if 94,000 poems here aren't enough!)

  • Rookie Joseph Daly (12/31/2005 7:51:00 AM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    Okay Folks. With her latest posting Mary has thrown do the gauntlet with a question. Some of us have already responded. So put the grey matter into gear, check out Mary's piece and then get working.

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    • Rookie Declan McHenry (12/31/2005 9:19:00 AM) Post reply

      Mary's poem on inspiration. I would recommend to all to get heartily drunk. Yet when I mention drinking most seem to think of the bottle rather than Baudelaire's more inspiring exhortation to get drun ... more

    • Rookie Max Reif (12/31/2005 9:14:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      Denis, please, what's Mary's question? I can't find her post.

  • Rookie Herbert Nehrlich1 (12/31/2005 6:40:00 AM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    Rich, you are the one who is sorely needed in this place.
    I have not met anyone who can dole out a critique with such a straight face, with enough kindness and with the constructiveness that ought to be so welcome by any poet.
    You are that person. So, if you can make the time in 2006, I would welcome it.
    Best wishes and a Happy New Year
    H

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    • Rookie Rich Hanson (12/31/2005 4:22:00 PM) Post reply

      Thank you, Herbert. I've been reading more and writing less. Hopefully the reading will reflect favorably on what I DO write. I've been reading all of Ted Kooser's work, since our poetry group in B ... more

    • Rookie Michael Shepherd (12/31/2005 7:37:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      Rich, what did you dare to say about Herbert's poetry? Repeat.

  • Rookie Herbert Nehrlich1 (12/31/2005 4:13:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Before the year is over, would Poetryhound still want to comment on the Fluoride issue?
    I hadn't heard anything recently and must assume that he now agrees with me (? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?)
    Best wishes
    H

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  • Rookie Herbert Nehrlich1 (12/31/2005 2:38:00 AM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    Looks like England is back...name is:
    : Hakan Han

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    • Rookie Michael Shepherd (12/31/2005 7:35:00 AM) Post reply

      I'd say not. The fun guy loves the sound of words. There's poetic hope for him. Hakan, are you ha ha harkening to this?

    • Rookie Joseph Daly (12/31/2005 6:09:00 AM) Post reply

      You might have a point there. Simplistic (in the not-so-good-sense) , anarchistical punctuation with a touch of bitters thrown in for measure. Yes it certainly has that familiar whiff to it.

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