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  • Hailie Barker (8/18/2005 5:56:00 AM) Post reply

    hi everyone. i've just read Seamus Heaney 'Selected Poems' and loved it. i recommend it to Heaney fans. love hailie x

  • Max Reif (8/18/2005 12:07:00 AM) Post reply | Read 4 replies

    Just went to the pharmacy to pick up some cough syrup for my wife. A friend was waiting for a prescription. He was excited about a book he had-ACTS OF LIGHT, THE LIFE AND POEMS OF EMILY DICKINSON! !

    He was thrilled by the ecstasy of her poems, as I was yesterday, researching my stanza.

    I told him about our corpus, -lowering my voice for the word 'boobs' as we stood in line together. Told him I'd share our little experience with y'all.

    The Beat goes on!

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  • Allan James Saywell (8/17/2005 11:36:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    well i'm a major player in the school of life i have played the game for nearly six decades that is where i draw my inspiration from i live my poetry
    I see my poetry i am a major in the skill of survival
    And i am as mad as a cut snake

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    • Matthew Pearson (8/18/2005 10:01:00 AM) Post reply

      Do you look into the flames of a fire and believe you are back in the middle ages?

  • Max Reif (8/17/2005 7:51:00 PM) Post reply

    I never saw this poem before today. Just discovered it poetry-essay-hopping. I find the idea so delightful. The poem really creates a world. I dunno about where it goes with that world, but I just love to think of the nouns standing around, etcetera. Language is certainly alive!


    by Kenneth Koch

    One day the Nouns were clustered in the street.
    An Adjective walked by, with her dark beauty.
    The Nouns were struck, moved, changed.
    The next day a Verb drove up, and created the Sentence.

    Each Sentence says one thing ­­ for example, 'Although it was a dark rainy day when the
    Adjective walked by, I shall remember the pure and sweet expression on her face until the day I
    perish from the green, effective earth.'
    Or, 'Will you please close the window, Andrew? '
    Or, for example, 'Thank you, the pink pot of flowers on the window sill has changed color recently
    to a light yellow, due to the heat from the boiler factory which exists nearby.'

    In the springtime the Sentences and the Nouns lay silently on the grass.
    A lonely Conjunction here and there would call, 'And! But! '
    But the Adjective did not emerge.

    As the Adjective is lost in the sentence,
    So I am lost in your eyes, ears, nose, and throat­­
    You have enchanted me with a single kiss
    Which can never be undone
    Until the destruction of language.

  • Allan James Saywell (8/17/2005 4:59:00 PM) Post reply | Read 3 replies

    i just made a comment on a poet on this site just a little bit of truth
    and suddenly the comment disappeared so much for freedom of speech
    he prides himself on his ability according to him for the critic to be honest
    well i was honest went to his bio he comes from washington, say no more

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    • Michael Shepherd (8/18/2005 4:41:00 AM) Post reply

      Well the first eight words give the game away, don't they?

    • Herbert Nehrlich1 (8/17/2005 5:48:00 PM) Post reply

      From Washington yes, but not Washington DC. The clowns live in the latter, in the former the brains tend to rust since they have a prolonged rainy season. Out of 365 days,45 are not cloudy/drizzly. It ... more

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  • Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler (8/17/2005 1:17:00 PM) Post reply | Read 3 replies

    Cadaver update! ! so the corpse is moving right along. and we've welcomed a few more PHers on board since it kicked off. so far, after putting all the stanzas together, it seems to come together rather nicely. next time, we should do a Corpse on Charles Dickens' Breasts!

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    • Herbert Nehrlich1 (8/17/2005 5:30:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      I am not familiar with the drinking habits of Charles Dickens. Liver damaging substances like alcohol will eventually cause the development of male boobs, due to an imbalance (excess) of oestrogen.As ... more

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  • Hailie Barker (8/17/2005 11:21:00 AM) Post reply | Read 4 replies

    hi everyone! i'm new here, and to writing poetry, and i was wondering if anyone could offer me some inspiration. i've hit 'a writers block'! lol thanks x

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    • Richard George (8/17/2005 2:11:00 PM) Post reply

      What I normally do is go out of doors, to a cafe or a pub maybe or just a park bench, and observe people and let my impressions of them guide me. It's surprising how often an event happens that can th ... more

    • Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler (8/17/2005 11:26:00 AM) Post reply | Read 4 replies

      we're collaborating on an Exquisite Corpse poem on the Forum. the topic is Emily Dickenson's Breasts. if you want in, i can add you to the list. just let me know! the rules of the game are eac ... more

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  • Mike Dunning (8/17/2005 4:07:00 AM) Post reply | Read 4 replies

    Hello all I am new here so please be gentle with me LOL

    When I was at school I read a poem I think it was called '50,000 body bags'

    Can anyone help me out with finding this poem I thought it was by charles Causley but is not on here

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    • Peter Robinson (8/26/2005 7:47:00 PM) Post reply

      I know the poem you are looking for. I have it at work. Unfortunately, I'm away on a course this week so can't access it. I may have a copy on file somewhere. If you're not in a rush I can certain ... more

    • Michael Shepherd (8/17/2005 10:20:00 AM) Post reply

      Gwynn and Kinnell also wrote well-known poems entitled 'Body Bags'...

    • Michael Shepherd (8/17/2005 10:14:00 AM) Post reply

      If you Google: International War Veterans Poetry Association, you'll get some pretty devastating poetry, including Moller's 'Body Bags'. Ouch. There's a bit of confusion hereabouts, since '50,000 bod ... more

    • Richard George (8/17/2005 4:57:00 AM) Post reply

      I think you want the forum 'Looking for ... more

  • allan james saywell (8/17/2005 1:34:00 AM) Post reply

    when are you going to bury that corpse Jake you had a little success why not
    let it decompose and may it rest in peace

  • Maty Grosman (8/17/2005 1:19:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    'Poetry Snob (8/16/2005 2: 37: 00 PM)

    Yes, and an idea without words (fresh diction, basic undwerstanding of sound, etc.) is boring pomposity. Snob'

    Your statement is not valid because a word (i.e. a concept) IS an idea! If it is not, as I said, it is gibberish. (A sound that represents nothing and has no connection to existence.)

    As much as I didn’t want to get into any personal affairs around here, you seem to be both anxious and desperate to enter one...How come you (unsuccessfully) try to answer a remark I made on a comment (which substance it did happen to understand, and agree with, while correcting only the way it was presented) before attempting to uphold your previous arguments?

    For the future, I just want to state that I have no intention of engaging myself in childish games. I have neither the time, nor the interest do so.
    If you want to have a proper, valuable conversation, from which we both might collect some fruits; I will be more then happy to continue.
    Yet, if all you are going to do is keep trying to prove that yours is bigger then mine, you better find someone else to challenge.

    Sincerely, for the last time,

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