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  • Rookie - 150 Points Poetry Hound (11/25/2005 10:48:00 AM) Post reply
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    In honor of W.S. Merwin winning the National Book Award, here's one of his:

    The River Of Bees

    In a dream I returned to the river of bees
    Five orange trees by the bridge and
    Beside two mills my house
    Into whose courtyard a blind man followed
    The goats and stood singing
    Of what was older

    Soon it will be fifteen years

    He was old he will have fallen into his eyes

    I took my eyes
    A long way to the calenders
    Room after room asking how shall I live

    One of the ends is made of streets
    One man processions carry through it
    Empty bottles their
    Images of hope
    It was offered to me by name

    Once once and once
    In the same city I was born
    Asking what shall I say

    He will have fallen into his mouth
    Men think they are better than grass

    I return to his voice rising like a forkful of hay

    He was old he is not real nothing is real
    Nor the noise of death drawing water

    We are the echo of the future

    On the door it says what to do to survive
    But we were not born to survive
    Only to live

    W.S. Merwin

  • Rookie Michael Shepherd (11/25/2005 6:26:00 AM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    For those with more than a year's memory of this site, I've only just noticed that Rusty Daily (and don't we all...) with the light touch, is back posting...

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    • Rookie Mary Nagy (11/25/2005 10:08:00 AM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

      Is there a spot where the day we joined is listed?

    • Rookie Cj Heck (11/25/2005 8:15:00 AM) Post reply

      Morning, Michael - yes, I'm glad to see Rusty back. He has a wonderful way of looking at the world and his poetry for children is exceptional.

  • Rookie Joseph Daly (11/25/2005 6:09:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    I don't know if this has been mentioned yet but, by accident I came upon a site (www.PoemsAbout.com) which has my work on it although I did not submit it. I think other colleagues on PoHomay find that their work is also on it.

    Anyone got any explanation?


    Denis Joe

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  • Rookie Ben Cassel (11/24/2005 9:03:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    New thread: Which is better, to rotate a few poems or keep adding new ones to the collection? I can see merit in both, particularly the opportunity to read a great many works by one author and to choose by relative coolness of the title. But I've decided to try the former and to keep 10 at a time posted until the vegetables tossed at them desiccate and then replace them.

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    • Rookie Michael Shepherd (11/25/2005 6:21:00 AM) Post reply

      Personally, I would agree that pruning, spring-cleaning, is well overdue in my case - those poems written out of reaction to some Forum spat especially, which look pointless. And we should think of th ... more

  • Rookie Joseph Daly (11/24/2005 6:23:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    I thought I might post something of no consequence but I couldn't think of anything.

    Is that a sigh of relieve I hear?

    Hope you all had a Good Thanksgiving Day all you in the US.

    Love ya!

    Denis Joe

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    • Rookie Marcy Jarvis (11/25/2005 1:31:00 AM) Post reply | Read 3 replies

      I think that the flap that evolved over that Hitler poem that kid wrote might just incite him on to greater depths of creativity. It certainly created a storm, didn't it?

    • Rookie Mary Nagy (11/24/2005 8:02:00 PM) Post reply

      Well..........we got through it! Isn't that all we can really ask for Denis? ? ? I hope you had a great day too!

  • Rookie Herbert Nehrlich1 (11/24/2005 5:11:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    I just posted a serious poem about our resident desert poet JC.
    Unfortunately, it was immediately shat upon by that low-life and unfortunately still resident Durden (whose real name I suspect to be Turden.
    Wouldn't it be nice if we could have our peace and keep it too?

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  • Rookie Allan James Saywell (11/23/2005 5:20:00 PM) Post reply | Read 5 replies

    thank god thanksgiving is nearly over i am very thankful that we dont have it
    here in Australia, we should be thankful for small mercies

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  • Rookie - 150 Points Poetry Hound (11/23/2005 2:12:00 PM) Post reply | Read 4 replies

    I’d like to wish everyone here except Marcy Jarvis a wonderful Thanksgiving. It’s a time for appreciating our families and friends, and so I hope all of you except Marcy Jarvis experience the special warmth of those you are close to and care about. And a joyous holiday season to all of you except Marcy Jarvis.

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  • Rookie Mary Nagy (11/23/2005 12:50:00 PM) Post reply | Read 5 replies

    I JUST WANTED TO SAY I HOPE ALL OF YOU HAVE A GREAT THANKSGIVING TOMORROW! (Well, those that are celebrating it) And to all those who arn't, I hope you have a great day too! I will be watching everything and everyone for inspiration to bring back here. :) Sincerely, Mary

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  • Rookie Lori Boulard (11/23/2005 8:54:00 AM) Post reply | Read 3 replies

    Good morning all, and greetings from my new day job. I'm going through withdrawals already by not being able to 'hang' here as much, but I'll make up for it through some new poem fodder, I'm sure. Repression does wonders for creativity!

    Book update: I JUST ORDERED MY TEST COPY FROM LULU! ! We're in the home stretch, and if all works well it should be available by first week of December for mass orders. I was SO excited when I saw 'your book has been successfully published', with cover art and everything! Thanks to everyone involved, I've had a great time. Now maybe I'll have a chance to READ some of you I've been dying to check out! ! Happy Thanksgiving, and I'll let you all know how it looks.

    A bientot (later, Dudes) , Lori

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    • Rookie Mary Nagy (11/23/2005 2:22:00 PM) Post reply

      I CAN'T WAIT LORI! ! !

    • Rookie Michael Shepherd (11/23/2005 1:52:00 PM) Post reply

      and thanksgiving to you, Lori, for all your work for us.

    • Rookie Ernestine Northover (11/23/2005 11:30:00 AM) Post reply

      You're a swell gal, Lori, and you deserve a medal for all your work on this book for us. Once it's on sale, I hope we can have a price for us in the UK plus p&p. That would be great. Many, many thanks ... more

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