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  • Rookie allan james saywell (12/5/2005 3:27:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply
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    hello how are you, i am good are you good i will post my poem soon thank you

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    • Rookie Poetry Hound (12/5/2005 4:33:00 AM) Post reply

      Allan, can't you please stop cluttering up the forum with this kind of nonsense?

  • Rookie Herbert Nehrlich1 (12/4/2005 9:48:00 PM) Post reply | Read 7 replies

    I am posting something that was sent to me by regular e-mail.
    I find it fascinating reading but am afraid that poor Sharon will be in hot soup soon in her immediate environment.
    Any comments?

    Here is an open letter from the poet Sharon Olds to Laura Bush
    declining the invitation to read and speak at the National Book
    Critics Circle Award in Washington, DC. Feel free to forward it along
    if you feel more people may want to read it. Sharon Olds is one of
    most widely read and critically acclaimed poets living in America
    today. Read to the end of the letter to experience her restrained,
    chilling eloquence.

    Laura Bush
    First Lady, The White House

    Dear Mrs. Bush,

    I am writing to let you know why I am not able to accept your kind
    invitation to give a presentation at the National Book Festival
    on September 24, or to attend your dinner at the Library of Congress
    or the breakfast at the White House.

    In one way, it's a very appealing invitation. The idea of
    speaking at a festival attended by 85,000 people is inspiring! The
    possibility of finding new readers is exciting for a poet in personal
    terms, and in terms of the desire that poetry serve its
    constituents-all of us who need the pleasure, and the inner and
    outer news, it delivers.

    And the concept of a community of readers and writers has long been
    dear to my heart. As a professor of creative writing in the graduate
    school of a major university, I have had the chance to be a part of
    some magnificent outreach writing workshops in which our students
    have become teachers. Over the years, they have taught in a variety
    of settings: a women's prison, several New York City public high
    schools, an oncology ward for children.

    Our initial program, at a 900-bed state hospital for the severely
    physically challenged, has been running now for twenty years,
    creating along the way lasting friendships between young MFA
    candidates and their students-long-term residents at the hospital
    who, in their humor, courage and wisdom, become our teachers. When
    you have witnessed someone nonspeaking and almost nonmoving spell
    out, with a toe, on a big plastic alphabet chart, letter by letter,
    his new poem, you have experienced, close up, the passion and
    essentialness of writing.

    When you have held up a small cardboard alphabet card for a
    writer who is completely nonspeaking and nonmoving (except for the
    eyes) , and pointed first to the A, then the B, then C, then D, until
    you get to the first letter of the first word of the first line of
    the poem she has been composing in her head all week, and she lifts
    her eyes when that letter is touched to say yes, you feel with a
    fresh immediacy the human drive for creation, self-_expression,
    accuracy, honesty and wit-and the importance of writing, which
    celebrates the value of each person's unique story and song.

    So the prospect of a festival of books seemed wonderful to me. I
    thought of the opportunity to talk about how to start up an outreach
    program. I thought of the chance to sell some books, sign some books
    and meet some of the citizens of Washington, DC. I thought that I
    could try to find a way, even as your guest, with respect, to speak
    about my deep feeling that we should not have invaded Iraq, and to
    declare my belief that the wish to invade another culture and another
    country-with the resultant loss of life and limb for our brave
    soldiers, and for the noncombatants in their home terrain-did not
    come out of our democracy but was instead a decision made 'at the
    top' and forced on the people by distorted language, and by untruths.
    I hoped to express the fear that we have begun to live in the shadows
    of tyranny and religious chauvinism-the opposites of the liberty,
    tolerance and diversity our nation aspires to.

    I tried to see my way clear to attend the festival in order to bear
    witness-as an American who loves her country and its principles and
    its writing-against this undeclared and devastating war.

    But I could not face the idea of breaking bread with you. I knew that
    if I sat down to eat with you, it would feel to me as if I were
    condoning what I see to be the wild, highhanded actions of the Bush
    Administration. What kept coming to the fore of my mind was that I
    would be taking food from the hand of the First Lady who represents
    the Administration that unleashed this war and that wills its
    continuation, even to the extent of permitting 'extraordinary
    rendition': flying people to other countries where they will be
    tortured for us.

    So many Americans who had felt pride in our country now feel anguish
    and shame, for the current regime of blood, wounds and fire. I
    thought of the clean linens at your table, the shining knives and the
    flames of the candles, and I could not stomach it.


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  • Rookie - 7 Points Max Reif (12/4/2005 9:25:00 PM) Post reply | Read 3 replies

    I never checked the MEMBERS ONLINE link before in my MEMBER CLUB settings here, till a moment ago. There were 18 named members online; 6 unseen members online; and-get this-4753 VISITORS online! Whew!

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    • Rookie - 7 Points Declan McHenry (12/5/2005 5:23:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      At peak times I've sen visitor numbers double that. It's is almost one visitor for every poet listed on the site.

    • Rookie - 7 Points Max Reif (12/5/2005 4:30:00 AM) Post reply

      Well, I also checked my personal stats, and either there are new ones or I never accessed the ones for hits on individual poems, day by day, before. Somewhere betw 40 and I forget,60,90, poems of mine ... more

    • Rookie - 7 Points Poetry Hound (12/4/2005 10:11:00 PM) Post reply

      Max, the vast majority of those 4,753 visitors - I would guess 99% of them - are checking out established poets on the site. Regards.

  • Rookie allan james saywell (12/4/2005 4:55:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    hope you like robert burns now this is how they used to speak all those years ago some people still speak like it i think he was welsh i'm not sure perhaps someone could enlighten me

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    • Rookie Joseph Daly (12/5/2005 9:02:00 AM) Post reply

      Really, this is too much. Allan, have you never heard of Mahognamy? Why do you think that they sing Auld Lang Syne?

    • Rookie Ben Cassel (12/5/2005 12:10:00 AM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

      Oh, Mr. Asm - You can expect to be descended upon by angry Scots at any moment. Burns is the original National Bard of Scotland.

  • Rookie Allan James Saywell (12/4/2005 4:47:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

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    Address To The Tooth-Ache

    My curse upon your venom'd stang,
    That shoots my tortur'd gums alang;
    And thro' my lugs gies mony a twang,
    Wi' gnawing vengeance;
    Tearing my nerves wi' bitter pang,
    Like racking engines!

    When fevers burn, or ague freezes,
    Rheumatics gnaw, or cholic squeezes;
    Our neighbors' sympathy may ease us,
    Wi' pitying moan;
    But thee - thou hell o' a' diseases -
    They mock our groan!

    Adown my beard the slavers trickle!
    I throw the wee stools o'er the mickle,
    As round the fire the giglets keckle,
    To see me loup;
    While raving mad, I wish a heckle
    Were in their doup.

    O' a' the num'rous human dools,
    Ill har'sts, daft bargains, cutty-stools,
    Or worthy friends rak'd i' the mools,
    Sad sight to see!
    The tricks o' knaves, or fash o' fools,
    Thou bear'st the gree.

    Where'er that place be priests ca' hell,
    Whence a' the tones o' mis'ry yell,
    And rankd plagues their numbers tell,
    In dreadfu' raw,
    Thou, Tooth-ache, surely bear'st the bell
    Amang them a'!

    O thou grim, mischief-making chiel,
    That gars the notes of discord squeel,
    Till daft mankiud aft dance a reel
    In gore a shoe-thick; -
    Gie a' the foes o' Scotland's weal
    A towmond's Tooth-ache!

    Robert Burns

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    • Rookie Jerry Hughes (12/4/2005 5:17:00 PM) Post reply

      A J S, I fully empathise with Rabbi Burns' address to a tooth ache. I've had one all weekend, and just made an appointment to have the mother out on Wednesday, the earliest my dentist can see me. That ... more

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  • Rookie Herbert Nehrlich1 (12/4/2005 4:35:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Try as I might I have not found the Manage Your Comments section yet. Talk about three blind mice!

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    • Rookie Declan McHenry (12/4/2005 4:38:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      It's with the old 'manage your poems' option from the member area or the forum pages when you log in. It's a third option under poems.

  • Rookie Mary Nagy (12/4/2005 2:02:00 PM) Post reply | Read 4 replies

    I'm just wondering..........since the new 'sponsored links' being highlighted in our actual poems has anyone else noticed the flood of pop-ups now? I'm getting them like crazy and I have my settings to block most of them. Is this because of the new links being directly on our poems too? Also, does anyone else think the ''highlighting'' of 2 words or so in a poem will affect the reading of it? I mean, if what we've written doesn't call for an emphasis on the words that get highlighted don't you think that will have an effect on the power of what we've written? Just a thought.

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    • Rookie Joseph Daly (12/4/2005 7:46:00 PM) Post reply

      But Mary, Is Jen better without Brad? And would you not be enriched by such knowledge? With tounge firmly lodged in cheek Denis Joe

    • Rookie Ernestine Northover (12/4/2005 3:16:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      Oh goodness, Mary, I'm driven mad by them, everytime I try to clock in on PH, or read a poem of somebody's, mostly Smileys or Windows trying to flog something or other. I think I will have to updat my ... more

    • Rookie Michael Shepherd (12/4/2005 2:55:00 PM) Post reply

      Mary, that sounds awful. What we get over here is Google offering to fill in our e-address line for us, in exchange for which we get a pop-up from media-click or fast-click or something, whenever we h ... more

    • Rookie Mary Nagy (12/4/2005 2:14:00 PM) Post reply

      Just to add.......and if you watch the b ... more

  • Rookie Sean Hart (12/4/2005 12:21:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    check out my poems yo

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    • Rookie Max Reif (12/4/2005 12:54:00 PM) Post reply

      Dear Sean, I see you have no lack of confidence.: -) AND, you certainly have a fan in Kelly Moy. I read everything you've posted so far.The lines I felt were most original were 'We’ll have ice c ... more

  • Rookie - 7 Points Max Reif (12/4/2005 10:53:00 AM) Post reply | Read 4 replies

    One thing I don't think anyone has mentioned. It's nice to get all the MASSAGES on this Forum! Have you noticed the typo when you reply to a Message here?

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