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She's So High

2018-11-13
Oh, this is some first-class skylarking. I believe Mr. Thomas would have been impressed.


Flowers and fruits

2018-11-12
Heavenly.


Reading Devkota in a Cowshed

2018-11-08
Nicely done, Bibek. I noticed the same thing last time I went back to where I grew up: the smells. Odor is such a basic, moving sensation.


New Directions Paperbook 316

2018-11-08
I've had that very book on my shelf for decades. Such passion issues from it (though not always a great deal of coherence).


Memorandum to Myself

2018-11-06
Well said, and inspiring, even to an unbeliever.


Croome with a view

2018-11-06
I don't have the background to determine whether you have hewed to an established form. I do love your rhyme scheme.


The Wisdom of Kindness author unknown traslated by Ann Wood

2018-11-06
I like it!


A Lenten Sky

2018-11-06
Nice. That's how such encounters work when they work correctly.


Southern Comfort

2018-11-05
Telling, wise conclusion.


Missing

2018-11-02
Good question, good poem.


Facts vs. Opinions

2018-10-31
Facts only can exist in a universe with a supreme being. Such a being is needed to establish and enforce the difference between truth and falsehood. In a universe without a supreme being, incontrovertible truth is impossible to establish. Thus, a "fact" is the same as an opinion. I happen to live in a universe without a supreme being. If you think that I'm mistaken, I dare you to try to prove me wrong.


Autumn Jinn

2018-10-30
I'm with Tom.


contractual

2018-10-30
Passion dissipates. It just does.


Homing Song

2018-10-29
A fine summary and conclusion.


Schoolhouse Rock

2018-10-29
I was too old for Schoolhouse Rock, but I remember receiving such feel-good messages from my social studies textbooks. America was the land of the free, and Americans were lanturn-jawed crusaders for democracy and against any sort of oppression. Then the riots took place and the Viet Nam war heated up, and I started to realize that what Americans were being told was no closer to the truth than what Russians were being told. "Make America great again" is just shorthand for the wish to continue believing that old popaganda.


Sonnet

2018-10-27
A brilliant collaboration!


The Two of Me

2018-10-27
Well done!


Autumn Solo

2018-10-27
I'm with the others. This is a fine poem, immediate and pensive at once. That's a tough combination to pull off.


Autumn Villanelle

2018-10-27
I certainly found it fun. What a chewy, tasty treat.


Up the côte

2018-10-16
Wonderful!


state of the union

2018-10-12
There is much to fear. The roar of reaction is sweeping the entire world.


The Candidate

2018-10-09
Bravo!


The Old Man of Gugh

2018-10-08
Getting a little crabby after all this time, I see. Wonderful poem.


America

2018-10-08
Any attempt to rescue our society from barbarism will require that such people be defeated. It isn't clear that the rescue effort will succeed. As a Leninist, my inclination is to say, "Exterminate them," and move on. If you harbor sentimental thoughts about elections and "majority rule" (the outright theft of two of the last five presidential elections notwithstanding), good luck to you.


America

2018-10-08
Any attempt to rescue our society from barbarism will require that such people be defeated. It isn't clear that the rescue effort will succeed. As a Leninist, my inclination is to say, "Exterminate them," and move on. If you harbor sentimental thoughts about elections and "majority rule" (the outright theft of two of the last five presidential elections notwithstanding), good luck to you.


Telemeres

2018-10-08
True enough. Great poem.


Contributor's Note

2018-10-08
About as I would have expected, except for "Come On, Eileen.". That's got me scratching my head.


72nd Letter to a Poet

2018-10-05
I hate that.


Highway Town

2018-10-02
Interesting; the people in those towns probably feel the same way about those going past.


Five Cinquains

2018-10-02
A very effective stop-motion sequence.


Where Is My Proverb

2018-10-01
"Hermitage of bourbon;" brilliant!


To Annet

2018-09-25
Hoorah to Coo & Co. for bringing cheer and food to the long-suffering Samson spirits.


This October Night

2018-09-25
Both versions are fine. I prefer the one which is shorter.


Mist

2018-09-24
Interesting. Well done, Colin, and Pony.


Ablutions Afloat

2018-09-21
Nicely done, Joe.


One Wednesday Morning

2018-09-21
I agree with Joe.


A Fleeting Thought

2018-09-18
I was fired. My classes were taken from me. There was plenty left to write about, and of course, unease and foreboding readily attach themselves to almost any subject.


Clerihew

2018-09-18
And we love you for it.


Song of the Samson spirits

2018-09-18
Less lighthearted than usual, still brilliant.


Nonentity

2018-09-18
When I said that nobody reads my poems, I meant that no one in the larger world reads them. I deeply appreciate that you, my colleagues, read them.


Drowning

2018-09-17
A taut, impeccable poem. Great work!


Something beautiful yet unkind - 1

2018-09-16
Nicely written, Sameen. It reminds me of my college days: so many intoxicants, so little time.


Momo: A Haiku

2018-09-14
I almost never find anything worthwhile in haikus. This one is a gem.


An Ocean of Tears

2018-09-13
I enjoyed this one thoroughly, Dave.


Finally—The Rain

2018-09-13
Bravo! Delightfully atmospheric.


Red Kite

2018-09-12
Here's hoping that Alice replies.


Ennui

2018-09-10
I love it!


Time Shall Pass, And So We Must

2018-09-06
A bracing draft of old-school New England Puritanism.


Largo Tranquillo

2018-09-06
I agree with Tom. The tranquility of the evening is conveyed, not just by what you wrote, but also by how you wrote.


Hell Bay

2018-09-04
I can't think of a fresh word of praise. This is another fine poem.