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Jeff Dawson

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 20:30

Hi Nick, good to meet you at Oldham, I'm just catching up now the tour's finished. Like Youth Tragedy, very strong stuff. Reminds me of 'There has to be hope' that I wrote and Cayn White performs, although this has stronger wording, good stuff, see ya around Jeff

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Dave Bradley

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 20:30

Hi Sophie

I've been away and missed a lot of blogs - just catching up and very much enjoyed this.

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Nichola Burrows

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 20:29

Hey Jeff, thanks for that comment om Pearl Stitch, really appreciated. I have written what I hope is a performance piece, which I am going to blog this time ( next one I will keep under wraps until I get the chance to perform it.) Would love you to have a look and tell me what you think.

Nicky x

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Dave Bradley

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 20:28

Hi Aziza (and friends) - Welcome to WOL. I liked this very much and am looking forward to more, and perhaps to meeting you.

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Jeff Dawson

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 20:26

Hi Jessie, other comments are fair enough but did enjoy it and yes, hope we're not all bad although i recognise your last comment re the concept.

Just one thing, I can see the link but I probably would have wrote this as something different and left 'Nature' to stand as a piec on its own it was that good, hope thats okay, best wishes jeff x

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Jeff Dawson

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 20:18

Hi Jessie, whoever she is would like to meet her! What a great poem, so strong and striking words, powerful stuff, thanks Jeff x

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Jeff Dawson

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 20:08

Hi Steve, great stuff, nice idea cheers Jeff

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Jeff Dawson

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 20:06

Hi Nicky, very intrigueing, could be sex or murder, i dare say we will never know, very atmospheric, nice one Jeff X

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Tommy Carroll

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 19:56

Hiya Rachel,
These are 'heady times' regarding the 'attempted' rising of the right-wing. Your poem is a welcome contribution to the 'anti-facist' propoganda. I missed your poem (above) as I have been in hospitalised for many weeks.
I appreciate the dificulty you use in the use of irony (oh Ironic) and would concur with Freda that 'clues' could be a counter balance thus.
Thank you for addressing this awful subject with the passion that you also obviously feel in the poem.

Tommy
ps maybe the introduction of the ability to italicise the style of writing.

pps lol I had to google the word 'fonts' in order to find that word 'italicise.
tc

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Alan McKean

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 19:55

Thanks Freda,
it was meant as a collection of 10 separate haiku for 3 Lights Gallery. In the end, they only used the last one, but I kept it as a single piece,
glad you enjoyed it,
Alan

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Nichola Burrows

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 19:32

Take it you saw the funny side too, there seems to have been a slight loss of sense of humour recently. Everyone is so serious.x

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spencer

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 19:28

Go on Nicks, you tell em.

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Freda Davis

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 19:27

Tommy, the struggle comes over, but you make sense. The layers of thought commenting on thought are clear because of the brackets. A 'conscious' senility is not the same as 'deliberate' .

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spencer

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 19:26

Interesting opening statement Jo. I look forward to reading your work. My poetry style changes depending on my thought process that particular day. I find it goes with 'the journey'.

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Freda Davis

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 19:21

I really like the way the small stanzas jump about in time, the way memories do when you sit and think, and the last stanza brings you right back to where you are, and the peace, and the openness to interruption by grandkids. Lovely poem Alan.

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Freda Davis

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 19:18

This really sums up for me the distance that depression creates between oneself and others. Good writing Gemma.

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Nichola Burrows

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 17:41

Easy when your told how jo :-) otherwise you just flounder around in a web of links - I did my education before ICT was compulsory, when the dawn of the computer era was just beginning, and just fell over the links by accident.
The nice thing about the profiles is that you get to mooch at your own speed through other peoples writing too, instead of search through reams of blogs. Save the blogs for a quiet hour here and there, there are some really good poets on here, and also some stern critics, lively discussion and a wealth of knowledge.

Oh and if a strange box appears at the bottom of your screen someone is trying to contact you for an on-line chat.

Think thats it, if there's anything else, just give me a shout, if I don't know someone will. Good to meet you.x

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Nichola Burrows

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 17:23

I've studied English and Philosophy. How funny in my Bio I mention that I wasn't allowed to study English ,Art and Physics - my mum and my sister are doing phsychology at the moment - they bring all their stuff to me beacuse of the overlap with philosophy and to use my marking and assessment services because I unwittingly did a teaching degree. Just click on picture, or type the name in the search engine in the top left hand corner of the page, that will lead to to the poets profiles. x

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Jo Carter

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 17:14

Hi Nicky - well, you weren't wrong about finding where to go for what on the site. I just sent you a message but it ended up coming through on my profile..... Oh well, sure I'll get up to speed one day. Jo :)

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Jo Carter

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 17:13

Hi Nicky, I looked for your profile but couldn't find it, doh! I've read your 'Stuff' and Glass Eyes. Is Glass Eyes about an ornament in your room?? I never know what to put in a profile, esp when I've only written a handful of poems.......but yeah, looks like a lively old site!! My masters is psychology btw - wish it was maths or physics, but sadly no, lol. Take care Jo :)

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Nichola Burrows

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 17:05

Hi Jo, welcome to WOL. Love what you have written in you biography. Caught your poem on the poetry review. I remember putting my first one up there not too long ago. It's a great site, what did you master in? From what you have said I think that you will enjoy it.

Take care, Nicky x

Ps, I was lost for a few weeks, if you want to respond to a comment on your profile or blog that you don't want all 611 of us to see, just click on the pic/name of the commentee to your profile or blog, that will lead you to their profile, sometimes it saves time searching through the discussion threads etc, and like a comment on a blog, the site also emails you. Took me weeks to figure it out.x

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Nichola Burrows

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 16:37

Hi Andy, you epitomise sheer loneliness and longing in these words. I know that feeling, I had to work away from home once for three months in London, (I was from Oldham and didn't drive )I lived out of a hotel room, so impersonal and needless to say, lacking in the familiarity of family and friends. I remember looking around the breakfast and dinner area on some nights and seeing ''the other soul's lost in the day to day'' and realising at that point that I was one of them.

I agree with what Steve has said a very poignant picture painted, it would make a fantastic film clip with narration of the poem.

nicky x

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Nichola Burrows

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 15:53

'Dear John' ( I love that - reminds me of that programme of the agony uncle).

Thanks for responding, and thank you for the inspiration. I enjoy a little sparring on comments, did think your comment was a little 'philistine' though at the time, none of it was meant to be personal, but the written language can be misinterpreted many times. I didn't think you would take offence as you have been quite vocal on the discussion threads, and at the same time as responding to the comment I had inputted into your poem on the poetry review 'there's a heart somewhere....' ( sorry cut and paste was beyond me there, and I didn't have the time to write it out. I teach English, creative writing and asylum seekers and refugees, not ICT :-) I was quite shocked to be reprimanded for bad language and told I was negative in my comments of your poetry, ( which I haven't been, I gave you praise, for your poem that you put up on the review).

If I ever publish ( one can dream - I will thank you for the inspiration in print ). I've only been writing again since August after a 17 year break, but I can take a little criticism. By the new hoo-ha, I think someone has took my defensive place - I shall watch and read. I am quite impulsive, but I don't think I shall put my oversized size 5 in the big pile of dogpoop ( how ladylike of me) this time.

Great to hear from you. Appreciate your comments. Ps. Did you like the poem?

Take care, nicky :-) x

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John Aikman

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 15:00

Dear Nicky, Thanks for your message the other day. Sorry I've not replied sooner...or in verse! : )I do think you were a bit quick off the mark though when you replied so robustly to my dislike of opaque gobbledy gook. I am a great fan of the skilfully crafted metaphor and similie, I abhor the platitudinous use of cliche and delight in euphonious assonance and articulate intonation...I don't even mind having to 'work' at understanding a poem...I am quite happy to do so if it fulfills any of the criteria above. What I can't be arsed to do is work out what someone's lumpen dissonance and cliched claptrap is trying to communicate or capture. If something is badly written then it sure as hell needs to be funny for me to give it the time of day.What I can't understand is why my opinions make you want to jump to defend the sensitivities of others?No matter. Here's to some more robust jousting in the future and thanks for the poem...I will treasure it. : )Jx

PS. I love the poem!

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Julia Deakin

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 13:52

Hello Frieda,

Likewise looking forward to meeting you at Puzzle on 2nd. Your biography is awe-inspiring!

Best
Julia

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jane wilcock

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 13:49

Hi Cynthia, I love your poetry, this last one makes me feel like Faraday, full of bright ideas!xx

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Julia Deakin

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 13:48

Tomas - have only just checked my page after months and find a nice comment from you. Thanks. I'll change the samples soon.
Your mix of music, words and images in Flying Over Europe works well. A moving piece.

Best
Julia

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Steve Smith

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 13:44

verses 8-12 are trenchant! Quite a persona.
Steve Smith

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Steve Smith

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 13:35

These are poignant word-pictures.Film with memory.
Well done.
Steve Smith

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Julia Deakin

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 13:34

Sophie, finally got round to checking my page on this after months, and see your kind comment. Glad you liked L2K.
I've read your poems and can hear someone who really loves words and writing. Orange is my favourite. Perhaps see you at Puzzle on 2nd or Heb sometime.
:) Julia

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BRASS

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 13:30

Tank you for comment steve.I don't speak very well.really realy i'm sorry.

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BRASS

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 13:26

How are you julian! Thank you so much for your message.We are very happy.I'm realy realy enjoded last Sunday.
-FROM brass students-

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BRASS

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 13:18

Thank you for comment janet.We were enjoyed last sunday.

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BRASS

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 12:51

I appreciate your comments on my poem, I am very happy. Thank you, Aziza.

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Steve Smith

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 12:46

Thanks for the comment Tommy, loved your stuff on the profiel -especially the Ted Hughes one -genius.!
Steve Smith

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BRASS

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 12:40

I appreciate all your positive comments. They encourage me to continue writing from my heart.
Many thanks - Aziza.

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David Franks

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 12:23

I myself, Steve, have apologised for the fact that, nowadays, some of my blog-poems may be old-hat for long-term members, such as yourself. Also, for what it's worth, I try to be topical, in terms of current affairs, with some of my "daily ditties."

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Noetic-fret!

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 10:31

Hi freda, i have tried several times to comment on your poem 'Labour Ward'. But my computer haveing probs. Just want to say, its a really touching poem that brought tears to my eyes.

stay well freda,

Michael

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Noetic-fret!

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 10:00

Hi Nick, thanks for commenting on my illustrious poem;- Stuck.

Just want to say, i like your work, its very descriptive and lyrical. Lots of content and you really get to understand how the author feels about his topics. Nice one, aye, i too been cut deep by a fair maiden. Not to worry, we all get second chances of love, third fourth and fifths too. Top poems blue!

stay well

Mike

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Noetic-fret!

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 09:49

Hi Gemma, just wanted to say, i really like this poem. stay well

mike

xxx

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nick armbrister

Thu 22nd Oct 2009 00:01

this is a nice poem Lydia full of good imagery. very good. nick:)

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nick armbrister

Wed 21st Oct 2009 23:56

lol this is funny! nick. i get that all the time lol.

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Nichola Burrows

Wed 21st Oct 2009 23:40

Tommy, I really associate with this on many levels. It's a great little piece that really emphasises the struggles that some people have for part or all of their lives with language. I have a 9year old nephew who's left side of the brain was severely damaged by a bout of pneumocchial meningitis when he was 9 month old. And if my son had survived, I often wonder if he would be what the 'mainstream' class as 'normal' learning wise, or in any other way. My sister was dyslexic and used to write backwards from right to left in a jumbled up fashion, but has mastered the art of 'semi-intelligible' writing - she'll shoot me if she reads this, haha - no, she overcame it, and I have computer dyslexia - which I am sure will be seriously recognised in the not to distant future. You keep on 'languishing your anguage' :-) I thought that was hilarious too, thanks for your comment, but I'll bet that many won't see the humour and irony in it, had great fun writing it though, and that's what counts.

nicky x

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Richard Bergman

Wed 21st Oct 2009 21:44

Thanks Steve. Much appreciated.

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Nichola Burrows

Wed 21st Oct 2009 21:37

Don't know if I want to do that with this one Cynthia, It's supposed to be stark and rigid, if it wasn't, I don't think it could contain the 'philosophical content', it would become airy fairy and philosophical rambling. Dave was very astute in his comment, however I am more in tune with Heidegger than Sartre (even though his theories on relationships in 'Being and Nothingness' fascinated me), and their writings stem from the same existentialist mode of thinking.

Funnily enough it was Heiddegger who argued that poetry and deep philosophical thinking can bring deeper insight into what it means to be in the world.x

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Horace Thespider

Wed 21st Oct 2009 20:08

Cynthia, your comments are better written than my poems. Your poems are intriguing. Pleasure doing business with you.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Wed 21st Oct 2009 20:04

Nicky, I would jockey the lines out of rigid order - not to get carried away - but less military.

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Tony Stringfellow

Wed 21st Oct 2009 20:02

Oh how we fall into the well of arrogance, to think we are qualified to judge others.I take the backhanded compliment,but your self assuredness has missed the point completely, I don't give a damn what you say about me, it is the others that you destroy with you judgements that I am concerned for!I have played the hand and you have fallen for the bluff...play on...

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Wed 21st Oct 2009 20:01

Thanks for taking the time to read my little poem and make a comment. I agree it is an enigmatic poem and your interpretation is as good, maybe even better than mine.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Wed 21st Oct 2009 20:00

Like this a lot, Horace. It races along at an exciting pace, but never sacrifices your extensive ideas. 'You be my damsel in a sequined dress' is fabulous. 'Eat take-away manna' just hurls contradictions across the mind.

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