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Popcorn Time

Ooh yes, welcome to PoetBay :>)

Members of Coo & Co also enjoyed reading this poem. finding it very accomplished in terms of overall presentation, mood, and imagery. There are many compelling moments, and among our favourites is the brittle voice 'like unpopped kernels'. Our congrats on a tasty debut :>)

Lottery Winner

Yes, an interesting one, Larry. The expression 'got out' leads us to muse that this winner would rather have kept his win to himself, understandably given all the attention. Well, we are quiet souls at Coo & Co :>o

We like the 'sizable checks' and the disappearance at the end of the poem. We find ourselves hoping that the man is happy now :>)

A Happy Poem

Very well done, Bibek; this has a smooth flow amidst some interesting and at times surprising descriptions. It also moves easily between moods, which is no small feat :>o

Members of Coo & Co confess, we haven't heard of Pablo Neruda. We'll add him to our ever-growing Reading List :>)

grieving is...

This is beautifully expressed, Kathy.
Love and hugs from Coo & Co :>) <3

Write It On Your Heart

Well, here are members of Coo & Co, as agreed :>)

We agree with others that this is well written. Does it follow from your previous poem? We find we'd like to know more about the lady (assuming it's the same lady) and her relationship with the N. Is she some sort of teacher, for example, or perhaps a learned friend? An alternative title might answer these questions, if you wish to assist the reader a tad :>)

Posh Accent

This is very well presented, Bibek. As you might recall, members of Coo & Co favour sentence case in poetry, finding that it aids our reading. But there are many other things to enjoy here, not least the well-placed enjambments, imagery, and dash of romantic comedy too. We're not sure whether you were aiming for 'rom-com' exactly, but it appeals to us in that frame :>)

out of a morning [revised]

Ooh yes, Friend Tommo. Coo is pleased that you saw fit to include her little piece of advice to you in this poem. We enjoyed the reading experience, particularly the birdsong :>)

Dost thou not like those 'gender-inclusive psalms'? Here at Coo & Co, we think gender inclusiveness is good. Or is it the formality of religion in general that is pondered here? We are interested in such matters, notes Coo :>o


PS: We apologise for the poor quality of our photo; our FT's hands are a bit shaky at the moment :>)

To Sarah Kay

All at Coo & Co actually had a lot of trouble following Sarah Kay, Bibek. Hoo, hoo, hoo! :>o (Coo is laughing)

We exist rather far from the world of SK, so we're not her target audience, let's say. We'd much rather read your poetry. This is well written; we appreciate the form, the language, and the frightened cat :>)

An Exercise

An excellent exercise, Tommo. Members of Coo & Co appreciate the attention to detail throughout this piece. And of course our favourite lines are the final two, for the avian friend. Woo-hoo! :>)


A delightful piece, Larry. Members of Coo & Co particularly like the 'grim redoubt' and the 'black clouds flying', amidst the smiley mood :>)


Yes indeedy, Larry. This is all very well put. We like the variations in presentation too, from speech to explanation to description. The quiet sobs at the end are particularly effective; well done :>)

Thank You for Your Condolences and Kindness

Dear Kathy,

This is beautifully written. We continue to send you our love, with another batch of healing hugs for you and your family.

All Good Things,
Coo & Co :>) <3

Another Lovesong

Another superb pantoum, Bibek. We like the subtle variations in the lines, the imagery, and the overall mood of the piece. The change of pace achieved by 'We slowly realize' is particularly masterful here :>)

Romance in the Sculpture Garden

Intriguing and amusing, Larry. All at Coo & Co like the scenery and the descriptions involved in the pursuit. This certainly is a unique form of romance :>)

When Thought And Reason Go Asunder

Happy birthday for tomorrow, Joe! :>)

All at Coo & Co wish you a delightful day. And we very much enjoyed reading this poem, for the humour, the rhymes, and particularly for 'a repository of nonsenseness', which sounds like the best sort of repository :>)

Miriam VII... The Call and the Voyage

This is very enjoyable, Joe. We've been following your series. We like the storytelling, and also the mastery of rhythm and rhyme. Here, we particularly appreciate the mysterious stranger, disappearing in 'a swirling cloud of dust', and the prospect of a sea voyage at the end :>)

I’ll Sally Out to You Tonight

Yes, well done, Bibek. You build the tension throughout this poem expertly. We appreciate all the details too, such as the 'old familiar melody' and the 'old neon light'. There are some excellent metaphors too; we particularly like 'whirlpool of swirling sensations' :>)

Monologue at 49

Members of Coo & Co agree with otp. This has a wonderful fluency about it, Tommo; lately we've been reading poems that make us feel rather 'shut out' (not here), and we really appreciate the openness of the poem :>)

Our FT once copyedited a book that featured 'The Poetry of the Real', there in relation to song lyrics but applicable to poetry too, we think. It is an admirable way of writing. And we also appreciate the metaphors (we hope that's the right word!), being the 'thorned pathways' and 'battered green of the late August leaf'. These are memorable indeedy :>)

The Dishwasher

Ooh yes, well done Bibek! This is all very absorbing, the sink-front observations expanding into the city. We like all the details and the overall tone of the piece, particularly in 'the orange sacrament of spoiled dreams!' These are lines worth savouring :>)

Just out of interest, would you consider writing in sentence case rather than first-letter caps? For example, for the first stanza,

In front of a sink, like a swaying shoot in the wind,
hands full of soapsuds—light, passionate, oscillating
all day long between dream and illusion—he moils
hard, swimming in his own little, soapy sea of thought.

We ask because we think this style is in keeping with the modern feel of the piece, but if you prefer first-letter caps we shall not mention it again :>)

My Son No Longer Shines

Dear Kathy,

We are so sorry for your loss, and we send healing hugs for you and your family at this difficult time.

With love,
Coo & Co <3

Miriam l... The Chosen

This is very well written, Joe. We really entered into it, watching the scene unfold. We don't know much about Miriam (we shall google), but we like the fullness of the portrait you provide here and we're happy that the lady receives a gift for her dignity in service :>)

poets' concerto

Well, this is all very appealing, Tommo. Members of Coo & Co hadn't heard of 'A Lover's Concerto', but our FT has played the Minuet in G :>)

We like the structure of the poem and we enjoyed trying to guess which poet is described in each verse, although we didn't excel at this. However, guessing games aside it's still very pleasant. We're particularly keen on the final stanza :>)

Three Choruses

Ooh yes, the tops, as Friend D. says. This is exuberant and a lot of fun, Tommo; and members of Coo & Co also appreciate the rhymes. We had more than a few chuckles throughout, not least at 'de Milo's missing arms' and the notion that a person might resemble a Bunsen burner. That is mighty fine :>)

In Nepali

Yes, very well put together, Bibek. Members of Coo & Co enjoy the insights this provides, as well as the sounds of the language. And we appreciate the humour too :>)

Between Seasons

Ooh, you're welcome, Tommo; all at Coo & Co are delighted to have inspired this sonnet of sorts! :>)

Being between seasons can feel mighty unsettling; you have captured the mood most eloquently here. We like the uncertainty of the octet, followed by the address to the poets in the sestet, if these are the correct terms. Yeats' 'Sailing to Byzantium' comes to mind, 'O sages standing in God's holy fire'. And we like the final lines too, showing a hope defined and something that brings to mind the beginning of a pilgrimage :>)

My Old Clothes

This is beautifully written, Kathy :>)

There is sadness and a lot of nostalgia here, but also the hope of the final stanza that feels very uplifting to us. And we also appreciate the attention to detail in the mending and altering of the clothes, being keen repairers at Coo & Co :>)

Slam Poetry

Members of Coo & Co confess that they have never attended a slam poetry event. We see the appeal for some persons, but we are peaceful folk ourselves, apt to communicate rather quietly. That aside, we very much enjoyed this poem, Bibek, and we agree with Larry that the gastritis couplet is super-strong :>)

84th Letter

Members of Coo & Co enjoyed reading this letter, Tommo. We like the allusion to the spring solstice, the thought of a 'rickety semi-poem', the word 'fundygelical', and the descriptions of nature in the final stanza. In short, there is something engaging in every verse here :>)

A Bit of Fun

Hoo, hoo, hoo! :>o

Coo is laughing; it's a foolish sound. Members of Coo & Co very much enjoyed singing these lines, Tommo. We know Sergeant Pepper very well; the album's one of our favourites. We appreciate this version on Pope Francis, particularly for 'noble dude'. Yeah! :>)

Nowy Swiat 16:00

All at Coo & Co really like this, Joe. We haven't been to Warsaw and we very much enjoy travelling via poetry. The details of the father, son, and vases are exquisite :>)

For My Girlfriend

Members of Coo & Co also enjoy a fine pantoum, Bibek. Here it seems most fitting to a rather complicated relationship, turning through a few tricky themes :>)

Brief Description

Ooh, Black Seed! Members of Coo & Co are intrigued by the name of this writers group, Tommo. We like both the structure of this poem and its rich descriptions, particularly 'tree-scratched edges'. That is just right :>)

Life Made Anew

Reading this, members of Coo & Co wish to take a trip to the seaside. We very much enjoyed the description of the seascape and surrounds, Kathy, followed by the reflective final stanza. Kindness is everything :>)

Hyperspace Love

Ooh yes, energetic, Bibek! This poem speaks of an initial intoxication turned rather toxic, perhaps. We like the way you use the ghazal form to bring about a resolution :>)

Our Lady of Cambridge

Yes, this is a poetry treat, Tommo. At first glance, members of Coo & Co thought it was a villanelle. Well, perhaps it's a particular type of villanelle we have not yet learned :>)

We very much admire the scene setting, with all the little details. We especially like the line containing 'safe', 'sage', and 'space'. And by the end, we felt we had travelled, which is always pleasant; thank-coo :>o

From the Ashen Flatlands

Yes, we agree with our fellow poets. This is excellent, Bibek, in its scene setting, portraiture, and sense of spiritual questing :>)

My First Few Words

Ooh yes, Woolworth's. Members of Coo & Co wonder whether this bears any relation to the UK store, which our FT well recalls. This is a lot of fun, Tommo. We always like to see the word 'mammoth' in poetry, especially so close to 'Wool' :>)

This Country, This Republic

We agree with Larry, Bibek: this is sharp and bitter! And that's why we like it. It's like strong coffee, a wake-up call.

The character drifting from flat to flat is particularly intriguing, especially for contrasts we imagine between his or her life and the stories presented on Facebook. These differences sharpen the poem too :>)


Here's an engaging wordplay, Joe. Members of Coo & Co particularly like the fourth stanza, with its contemplation of neither left nor right leaning :>)

When Will We See Spring Again?

This is very enjoyable, Tommo. All at Coo & Co know the tune, and we feel these lyrics are an excellent fit with the slightly melancholy melody. (Pause, while all sing sweetly together.)

We empathise with the singer's longing for the spring season, as it's very chilly here at present. Our favourite part is 'the bees start to bumble' :>)


All at Coo & Co agree, Bibek: this is excellent, powerful, and grim. And the N's descriptions of winter combined with the feelings in the final stanza are very effective, we note :>)

Home and Away

Yes, all at Coo & Co agree with Joe. This is indeed a pleasant jaunt, otp, full of nice little details such as the ginger candy, Colin's red bandana, and of course the sparrow's nest :>)

Quilts and Guilt

Yes, we agree with otp and Bibek. The imagery is powerful, Kathy, and we like the rhymes too :>)

A Newfound Vocation

Members of Coo & Co nod enthusiastically together. This is well composed, Bibek, and we wish the N every success in this vocation :>)

'The Gilder'

Members of Coo & Co confess that we still haven't found time to read Melville! Nevertheless, we enjoyed reading this. We particularly like the 'most mystic mood' :>)

79th Letter

All at Coo & Co admire this elegant letter. 'Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard...' :>o

Ode to the coming of Spring

All at Coo & Co thank members of PoetBay for reading and commenting on the poems in this recently completed series, now a new PoetBay book titled 'Woodland Scenes II: Winter Solstice' :>)

All Good Things,
Coo, of Coo & Co :>)

After You Left Me

Ooh yes, the power of birds. At Coo & Co, we know this well. We enjoyed reading this sonnet, particularly for the narrator's ascent and the sound of the temple gongs. Well done, Bibek :>)


The same to you, ken; and our All Good Things :>)