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if i were japanese

2017-01-18
I know a number of Japanese, and they do lead very structured, constricted lives. They seem to be simultaneously attracted to, and horrified by, America and Americans.

I'm quite sure that I'll never work myself to death.


Masquerade of Love

2017-01-16
Often, this is what happens. For better or worse, most humans aren't good at just fornicating and moving along.


January 15

2017-01-16
Sounds about right.


WHEN YOUR GIVEING A READING

2017-01-16
There's no excuse for such rudeness.


Grey

2017-01-15
Nice.


In a Poetry Reading

2017-01-15
A bit precious in places, a bit in-your-face provocative, this is a young person's poem. It's a good one. I especially liked

So, we who call ourselves ‘poets’
All the time—
Ask for beers & cigarettes
& drink like our favorite poets
Because we believe that all great writing
Comes from drinking & smoking;
& when drunk we turn our chubby poems
Over & over in our muddled heads.


Left Undone

2017-01-13
I love it when things go like that.


Shining

2017-01-12
Very nice, very positive.


My Aotearoa

2017-01-11
Otago is starkly beautiful. I loved. Oamaru.


Mrs Shelley’s Blues

2017-01-11
So much for artificial intelligence. I enjoyed this one.


Handyman

2017-01-09
That's a fair description of my skills.


vertigo part II

2017-01-09
It's possible that someone just bumped our viewing device.


The Magician And His Assistant

2017-01-09
This is a very sweet poem, but that last line worries me.


Mimi

2017-01-09
You can't always go back, but sometimes you can, and sometimes doing so is very nice.


Gods

2017-01-07
This is excellent.


THE ADVANTAGES OF WRITING! (completed)

2017-01-07
I agree. It's very hard to say what you intended to say in conversation. Only when writing can you do that.


p o s t ~ L O V E

2017-01-07
A subversive thought!


AS I WALK (a work inprogress)

2017-01-07
It barely matters.


A Poem

2017-01-07
Isn't that the truth? You set them loose, and wait to see what others make of them.


Receptivity

2017-01-07
Very nice.


Dew Spiders

2017-01-07
This is a very strange, delightful poem.


quote

2017-01-07
It's tough. Let me tell you.


Anecdote of a lantern

2017-01-06
I love it! You absolutely nailed this one.


act of war: the know how.

2017-01-06
John McCain is a lunatic. He's always looking for a reason to go to war, too much time in Vietnamese prisons, I guess.


vertigo

2017-01-05
I'm not so sure. Consider Zeno's paradox of the Tortoise and Achilles. As with numbers, any physical thing can be halved.


Matinee Sunday Afternoon

2017-01-05
"The day wants someone to deride
But not me I simply sulk and hide"

I've never read a more accurate description of depression.


modes of speech

2017-01-05
This is a fun poem, breezy, pleasantly episodic. Also, quite gracefully written.


January 1

2017-01-04
This is a poet's poem. Subject-wise, there's not much here. It's all craft.


Lizard Lift

2017-01-04
This one made me laugh and laugh. Well done!


December 31

2017-01-04
The reassurance of everyday pleasures. I went out for lunch with my wife and daughters yesterday afternoon. I know exactly what you mean.


Friendship

2017-01-03
I'm with Ashe. Well done.


the bore

2017-01-03
I just tell myself that Monet painted a lot of haystacks, and each one is worth viewing.


New Years resolution 2017

2017-01-03
A wild roller coaster ride. Not bad.


HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR!

2017-01-03
The same to you, my friend.


as the cars hiss by (contains adult content)

2016-12-31
You could have done worse.

Cars Hiss by my Window

The cars hiss by my window,
Like the waves out on the beach.
The cars hiss by my window,
Like the waves out on the beach.
I've got this girl beside me,
But she's out of reach...

Jim Morrison, 1971


Word-wealth

2016-12-31
Brilliant! All true! A couple of words I enjoy are the oleaginously malevolent "loathsome," and the bunker-busting "iconoclast," a word that is in ever greater demand now that so many, often quite mundane, things are being described as "iconic."


pharmacist

2016-12-31
He'd also probably know which restaurants made people sick.


Nine Very Short Stories

2016-12-30
These have "Ozarks" written all over them, and they're enormously entertaining. I might like the last one best.


russia (revisited)

2016-12-30
Henceforth, you shall be known as Boris.


She was a Wire Bird

2016-12-30
Very nice.


Time (A long time)

2016-12-30
Excellent questions. Surely, he had pride in his workmanship. I'm sure that you have pride in yours. What we can't know is whether yours is so durable as his. Maybe we should go back to carving stone tablets.


Trance Zition

2016-12-30
I read all of your poems. I like this one best.


Ramblings 379

2016-12-30
Your words have a music all their own, one that always impresses me.


Ch. 8: Annus Mirabilis

2016-12-30
Hard-boiled poetry: what's not to like?


northern light

2016-12-29
Longing, beautifully presented.


Six Short Takes (2010)

2016-12-29
I have to say that I'm most taken with the vocational verses.

Yesteryear's verses --
racing horses, strong and fierce!
Now our words stumble.

*

Poet sleeps and dreams
of the perfect line. Wakes up
and forgets the words.

Ain't those the truth?

As for the as-yet undelivered poem, I know that you'll find your way through it, and it will be magical.


I'M GIVER OF BOOKS - TERRY PRATTCHET's OF COURSE!

2016-12-29
You have done a wonderful thing.


Why Night is Late

2016-12-29
Nicely done. We have turned the corner at last here in the north. Night still reigns, but the days are growing longer.


Your Voice

2016-12-29
Oh, I loved this. It perfectly describes how it is to be besotted.


How to be a poet

2016-12-27
To be truly Odd
Make up any amount of lines
That to anyone
Makes absolutely No Sense

There are some people here who clearly believe this.

I have a beret instead of a fez. Am I doomed?