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  • Max Reif (10/28/2005 4:32:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    I feel really happy with a poem I just posted:
    WIKIPEDIA: TOTEM AND TABOO.
    I feel it says a lot of things I've been learning for a long time; and the experience described in the poem presented the opportunity to say them!

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    • Max Reif (10/28/2005 4:39:00 PM) Post reply

      Well, my wife says it needs more work. But that's ok. We can send a poem back down the ol' chute as many times as we need to!

  • Max Reif (10/28/2005 12:15:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    A SUDDEN REALIZATION ABOUT MICHAEL'S ARTICLE!
    My God, Michael, if your article gets wide readership around the world, there'll be even LESS focus on **OUR** poems! The tsunami of poets descending and pouring dozens, hundreds, THOUSANDS of poems into the 'poem-river' on the Home Page will grow exponentially! We'll NEVER be heard (let alone famous) !
    In fact, I'll give ya $25 American to hush your article!

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    • Herbert Nehrlich1 (10/28/2005 6:25:00 PM) Post reply

      I am in with 25 East German Marks. Best H

    • Michael Shepherd (10/28/2005 12:51:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

      yeah but, like, no, but, yeah...trust me, I'm a journalist...like, when you're alone in a small boat in the middle of the ocean, a single seagull's cry is the sound of a friend.. the best stuff will s ... more

  • Michael Shepherd (10/28/2005 6:54:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    If anyone who reads this has better French - or better still, Turkish, anyone? - than I, and can draw Emilie's, Collette's, or Teymur's attention to this article which they already have, ask them to fill in the * spaces, and then feel free to use it as a stock publicity article to send to magazines, PLEASE do - and again, anyone who might interest a literary or feature editor?

    Apologies for this Nikhilistic posting today...

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    • Max Reif (10/28/2005 10:13:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      My Turkish is limited to what I learned on an old Firesign Theater comedy record: 'Follow along in your Guidebook, as we learn 3 more words in Turkish: 'Tow-el'. 'Baaaath.' 'Borrrr-derrr.' Bu ... more

  • Michael Shepherd (10/28/2005 6:19:00 AM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    I append the draft article which PH failed to fill in. Anyone who wants to send it on as bait to a mag is welcome. Any figures quoted date back to last June or so, I haven't revised it.

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    • Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler (10/28/2005 10:04:00 AM) Post reply

      good work with the research, Michael! you dug up some interesting facts. you must be a journalist! the mere fact that you were able to come up with so much info with so little help proves that expon ... more

    • Max Reif (10/28/2005 8:43:00 AM) Post reply

      Well, it's great that you did this! I'm surprised the Mgt. has not been more forthcoming, and I hope someone succeeds in clearly conveying your simple wish to them.

  • Michael Shepherd (10/28/2005 5:56:00 AM) Post reply

    oK, third attempt to reply to Ronberge, PH swallowed the others. in brief:

    Poemhunter and its fellow sites are a cultural phenomenon well worth the attention of an inflight magazine, or a Sunday supplement, or a literary magazine. With this in mind, I drafted an e-interview with PH management to use as bait, but PH were incapable of responding to such questions. Language barriers perhaps or no idea of PR. So if any of you can tweak a press string, do. The French would do it well and appropriately, and it only requires one such article to get other mags going on it. You could refer people to me in the first instance. No need to tell you of the value of poetry...

  • Herbert Nehrlich1 (10/28/2005 2:44:00 AM) Post reply

    I have posted two poems. One The Other Terrorists, the other To Take You For A Ride.
    Both are critical of modern medicine. Since I am in the very midst of it I can assure you that my observations (and the intended social message) are not the ravings of a lunatic or someone who is against anything mainstream or establishment. There is much wrong with today's society and much more in modern medicine.
    Corruption and the mostly successful attempts to make everyone think they are sick (because no matter how bad the food, environment etc. not everyone will get sick, thus one needs to convince them that they are) is what the Sickness Industry represents.

    Since this is not the place to discuss these matters (except for some brief comments perhaps) I would ask those tempted to disagree or motivated to discuss the issues, that I am available outside the forum.
    Meanwhile, if you read the poems, I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did writing them.
    Best
    H

  • Jerry Hughes Rookie - 1st Stage (10/27/2005 8:17:00 PM) Post reply

    another from Spike, who's epitaph reads: 'told you I was sick'

    THE DANCER

    He danced with a monkey
    He danced with a cat
    And he danced with a man
    In a big black hat
    He danced with a Muslim
    He danced with a Jew
    And he danced with a Chinaman
    Six foot two
    Then he took all his clothes off
    And danced all day
    That's when they came
    And took him away.

  • Jerry Hughes Rookie - 1st Stage (10/27/2005 6:05:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Moovers, nose pickers and Shakers, here's a piece of Milliganese insanity and genius. The world is a much sadder place without him.

    PIFFED

    I piffed at my mother
    I piffed at my dad
    'Will you stop that piffing
    It's driving us mad! '
    I piffed at my mistress
    The next day at school
    I piffed and I piffed
    The silly old fool.
    I piffed at Willy
    I piffed at Bert
    And I piffed at the tail
    Of my grandad's shirt
    Oh I piffed and I piffed
    Oh I piffed everywhere.
    Then I piffed at the Queen
    So there - so there.

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    • Allan James Saywell (10/27/2005 6:27:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      milligan he's crazier then me, i thought i was crazy actually i feel normal again after reading that i feel that after reading that poem i will ask for a release

  • Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler Rookie - 1st Stage (10/27/2005 1:01:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    i'll agree, Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme' is a tough album to beat. most jazz people regard Miles Davis' 'Kind of Blue' as the best jazz album ever recorded. but for my money, 'Love' perhaps even tops 'Blue' for it's smoky winding sax and funky improvisation. i recommend both albums as a start for anybody interested in getting introduced to jazz music.

    http: //www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/Music/10/27/music.coltrane.reut/index.html

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    • Poetry Hound (10/27/2005 3:48:00 PM) Post reply

      Both of those albums are great, alhtough I prefer 'Birth of the Cool' to 'Kind of Blue.' However, I hate the idea of a 'best' jazz album because it's so subjective. And you have to leave out brilliant ... more

  • Colin Down Rookie - 1st Stage (10/27/2005 11:34:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Hi, there I thought that this would be a good place for information. I recently aquired a small leather bound poetry book by Matthew Arnold, it dates from 1928, can anyone tell me about this book, and would it be worth insuring?
    Many thanks
    Colin

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    • Michael Shepherd (10/27/2005 4:06:00 PM) Post reply

      If I were you, I'd email Maggs or another of the rare book dealers in London and ask them the going rate. Arnold died in 1888 and out of fashion now, so I doubt it's worth much.

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