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  • Rookie - 150 Points Poetry Hound (8/18/2005 11:35:00 PM) Post reply | Read 4 replies
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    The thing I admire most about Amberlee Carter's poetry is the seeming effortlessness of her original imagery. Sometimes I read a poem by someone and admire it although I think the images, while original, are ponderous or forced or too self-conscious. Amberlee's images fit right into the flow. They seem effortless

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    • Rookie - 150 Points Max Reif (8/19/2005 6:35:00 PM) Post reply

      I've enjoyed some of Amberlee's poems. I've found some stunning things in them. At least, they stunned me.

    • Rookie - 150 Points Gol Mcadam (8/19/2005 1:31:00 PM) Post reply

      Amberlee is a young person with a poetic turn of phrase. I agree with Michael, she could have the makings of a good poet but maturity will be the key here.

    • Rookie - 150 Points Michael Shepherd (8/19/2005 12:50:00 PM) Post reply

      I had stopped reading Amberlee, feeling that her poetry was all about Amberlee and love, and more for her own age-group to appreciate; but reading 'Swing-Sets' I feel that there's the making of a genu ... more

    • Rookie - 150 Points Poetry Hound (8/19/2005 11:58:00 AM) Post reply

      Well, that's interesting. I wasn't reall ... more

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  • Rookie Michael Shepherd (8/18/2005 4:03:00 PM) Post reply

    Dear sinners against the fair name of Poetry -

    two things:

    a) there's a facility on the Home Page for telling PH it's too slow;

    b) you can make yourself an Adobe e-book so that your poems don't disappear into cyberspace forever like happened last year.

    and -take care out there!

  • Rookie Pradeep Dhavakumar (8/18/2005 4:03:00 PM) Post reply | Read 4 replies

    Hi All,

    I have two questions on which I need your guidance/suggestions.

    1) On forced rhymes: Apart from sentence inversion what else is forced rhyme? I understand something like uncommon paring of words like I revolved is considered forced, but I revolved still does make sense. And I don’t understand why a creative medium like poetry is disallowed to create new pairs. And also what is forced for one may not be forced for another. In that case there is no CLEAR definition for forced rhyme. Am I right in my understanding?

    2) About the tense: When you write about the past, what is the best tense to write in? Could I write about the past in present tense without giving a clue to the reader that it is about the past? Like can I write now, I sit on my mother’s lap listening to the brave adventures of Tarzan. In what tense are childhood/past poems normally done?


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    • Rookie Herbert Nehrlich1 (8/19/2005 6:53:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      Even partial sentence inversion is acceptable if 'supported' by its 'justification', say an especially funny line or similar.I think you are correct that there can not be a clear definition, it all co ... more

    • Rookie Michael Shepherd (8/18/2005 4:38:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      On past tenses: so few children in some countries (Britain and Argentina for a start) are actually taught grammar rather than usage these days, that ESL teachers find themselves having to waste much t ... more

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  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie - 7 Points 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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  • Rookie 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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    • Rookie 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?

  • Rookie - 7 Points 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.

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

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

    • Rookie 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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  • Rookie 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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    • Rookie 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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