Tue 27th Apr 2010 09:05
Hi Ann - "Amongst Equals & For Now" - many thanks for your kind comments. The latter could indeed be a cat looking at a king - I never thought of that - but it was just me, on a first date, gawping. B
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Sun 25th Apr 2010 08:17
Hello Ms Foxglove! Yes, being an obsessive imaginer and vegan (oh but I sometimes sneak the occasional organic milk yoghurt/organic full milk tapioca pudding!) means I'm in a perpetual state of horror. I was thinking to rectify this by taking a course in taxidermy. Arghhhhhhh!
Cynthia Buell Thomas
Fri 23rd Apr 2010 19:49
Ann, do you ever get the impression that poems are read so 'quickly' that responding comments are really off the mark, as much as comments are appreciated. This is a personal question.
Fri 23rd Apr 2010 06:57
Thank you Anne
you are fartoo kind and long suffering...
Thu 22nd Apr 2010 14:51
It makes my day when I log in and find a new blog entry from you.
Thu 22nd Apr 2010 08:20
Hey Ann, thanks, X
Wed 21st Apr 2010 22:14
No need to take that tone of voice!! ;-)
Tue 20th Apr 2010 09:54
Hi Ann, it was an experiment. The picture is a self portrait by a friend and I stared at it for a while and wrote 'portrait' so it is purely about what the image said to me rather than the person in the painting. He is painting something inspired by one of my poems, so it will probably be a big miserable mess :-) thanks for your interest!
Tue 20th Apr 2010 09:49
Hi Ann. glad you liked my latest offering and thought it was Ace, surely that should be Acer? (groan). Win
Mon 19th Apr 2010 22:29
thankyou for your comments on my poem :)
Mon 19th Apr 2010 22:02
i like ruins best, the best. i like the daydream and the other world you portray. good stuff. ps. i used to think the girl in your profile pic was me- in a younger, different sort of life x
Mon 19th Apr 2010 20:32
Thank you, as always, for your fab comments. Your poems are gorgeous, fun, unique and energised. Always!
Mon 19th Apr 2010 09:38
Mmmm better than being down in a sewer - on the end of a skewer! (Oooer, sounds like we're back in Dogshite Alley!) bye bye my pet (rattus) xx
P.S. Carol Ann who? I bet she took longer to write her though! I'm the fastest poet in town! xx
Sun 18th Apr 2010 21:30
Hi Ann - i've already left this comment somewhere, but I screwed up. Yes - both Foal & Botany are very good indeed, but for me Coromandel has it all - perfect. B
Sat 17th Apr 2010 11:54
Ann, thanks for your kind words. We happened to be camping in a forest last week when the election was announced, hence the politics.
Dave Dunn aka Rhumour
Mon 12th Apr 2010 22:22
Hi Ann - thank you for commenting on 'What's In Store' - much appreciated :) Best wishes, Dave
Mon 12th Apr 2010 20:57
Hi Ann, thanks for taking time out to read and comment again. My appreciation is yours!!:)
Mon 12th Apr 2010 08:38
LOL - that sounds like my kind of song! I have been known to bash out Hey Big Spender, when I've had a few also! I'm planning to do an Edith Piaff soon - you might appreciate it since you are a french speaker - am a bit nervous about posting it though - I might take some flak for being elitist. The things I wanted to say just wanted to come out in a different language - perhaps cos it was too raw - who knows? I seem to remember you having a good singing voice - we should get together and do a duet! Take care.
Sun 11th Apr 2010 22:48
Thank you Anne ... You obviously have not heard my singing voice.
But thanks all the same....
Sun 11th Apr 2010 10:41
Ann - you are the marrying kind, just as I am unfortunately. The bit of paper that signifies a marriage isn't the important part; it is the committment to someone through thick and thin that constitutes a marriage - you had that. So did I, until life became truly untenable - it took me half a life time to give up on it though - more the fool me, perhaps. I do hope you find someone else to share your life with, whether that involves a bit of paper or not.
Sun 11th Apr 2010 06:35
Ah! Marriage! The man I lost and I were never married Isobel. I think this poem just comes from how I feel seeing couples everywhere. They seem to be more in evidence around bank holidays! I don't think I'm the marrying kind. Miserable selfish old loner, that's me! ;-) Did try it once a million years ago. And I know that marriage is not a bed of roses etc. Maybe that's the trouble - I just want a bed of roses!!
Sun 11th Apr 2010 02:41
Thanks once more for commenting! :-)
Sat 10th Apr 2010 19:13
I only dip in quickly and only comment sparingly now, but you are right, I guess I must be shallow too
Sat 10th Apr 2010 19:03
How wonderful about the crow! I love all birds but especially corvids! And owls! I must confess that I bought an old taxidermy crow and a raven on Ebay. They are so beautiful and full of character. The raven dates from around 1910 and has a wobbly head! I hope this doesn't upset you or your crow, but I feel that I have given them a home here with me. One of them might appear in a poem tomorrow if I feel like it! xx
Sat 10th Apr 2010 18:58
Thank you for the happiness :) I never thought I'd marry and have no idea how it happened. But it did. The wedding was absolutely awful, though. Then my cousin asked me to run away with him minutes after the ceremony, which was a bit of a surprise since he's gay.
Sat 10th Apr 2010 18:53
You are simply and beautifully ageless and timeless.
As for crows, well, one crow. I've a hand reared crow with a crooked beak. She had a severe chest infection and throat parasites as a chick -- they scarred her crop so she can't store food in it and we have to feed her till round 11pm at night in winter. Her crooked beak grows unwieldy twice a year and we hand feed her then, too. She didn't have wings for a year. just sort of stick things. Her feathers have recovered but she's stunted (due to the parasites). She was going to be put down by the vet but we persuaded him to let us take care of her. She can't go free because she'd starve and because she was so young when we got her that she thinks we are her parents. She's clever and playful and extremely gentle. She kisses my face and hands and hides her toys down my collar. A wonderful bird! So I smell of crow(s).
Sat 10th Apr 2010 09:54
Thank you! I will search for Flook and immerse myself in his politicking-kicking world -- he sounds a joy. Have a sumptuously creative weekend. xxx
Fri 9th Apr 2010 18:00
I'll dance with you lady !
Fri 9th Apr 2010 17:20
It is a bird indeed.
I don't recommend however that you google "goatsucker"!
Myth has it that the nightjar suckles from goats at night. I've never seen one while I've been at it.
Thu 8th Apr 2010 22:44
Hi Ann - I agree on reflection that there is something there that could be better. I like your version as well, but in that case I think that (somehow) it would need another syllable in line 4. I think I'll have to mull it over, but thanks for pointing it out. I must admit that quite a few people have in the past pulled me up over a change of tense in a poem (as if the tense MUST remain constant throughout) but I don't see why. Many of my poems are like the spoken word, or a conversation, so the tense may well drift as (say) it brings a past recollection into the present discussion. Anyroadup, I agree that I need to work on this one. Did you ever decide on your own "best" poems so I can see if they are as good for me as coromandel? all the best. B
Tue 6th Apr 2010 18:32
Hello, I'll be posting my stuff in the gallery again soon. Had a bit of a arghhhhhhhhhhhh (as we all do from time to time) but your lovely message has brightened my day and lifted my spirits. Thank you. xx
Robin J White
Tue 6th Apr 2010 14:02
Thank you very much for the kind welcome and comments on my poetry. I very much enjoyed reading through your own.
Tue 6th Apr 2010 09:28
Hello Ann, thanks for the comment on Lucy.Just spotted your audio poem on Jukebox...brill and fab :)
Sun 4th Apr 2010 11:34
that's very sad about your partner dying. my kick-start was similar but not as dramatic - we parted amicably as she wanted babies & I didn't - but it took me 2 yrs to get over it & was my one & only true "broken heart". I started writing some time later, still with a broken heart. I've since been very happily married these last 8 yrs but I still have the urge to write & I feel I've written better stuff since - so I wouldn't give up on it or assume that if you are happy your creativity will necessarily die. only my 2 cents :) B
Sun 4th Apr 2010 09:22
Hi again - a "dangerous" idea just came to me - why dont you send me what you think of as your best couple of poems & I'll see if (to me) they are as good/better than coromandel. we'd both have to agree in advance that you & I might not like the answers though? B
Sun 4th Apr 2010 09:14
Hi Ann- I was going to ask this same question generally in "discussions" but I thought it might get too convoluted, plus, I was already pretty sure I knew the likely outcome - a hundred different opinions. Your ideas basically mirror my own, but it is difficult to know what to do. I've been published in a few printed chapbooks, comps & online, but often the editors dont publish the stuff that I sent as my best but usually one I threw in as an afterthought. I dont think it is a vanity to want to be published, to me it is more about some form of communication. The same thing also happens to the acknowledged masters - the Mona Lisa was not generally well-regarded when he painted it, but Leonardo saw it as his masterpiece as it's the only painting he took with him wherever he went. Now, we all recognise it as a true masterpiece. Without wishing to pile on the compliments, you are doing very well writing stuff like Coromandel if you are new to this - I dont think there is much that anyone on here could teach you about writing. but do YOU think coromandel is amongst your best stuff?? One of my best poems just popped into my head whilst I was driving - I pulled to the side of the road & scribbled it down ona bit of paper in about 30 seconds - it wrote itself really, all I had to do was record it - it was as if I hadn't really written it at all. anyway, thanks for answering my question that I am not alone in trying to tackle this mystery of what other people perceive as "the good stuff". all the best. B
Sat 3rd Apr 2010 20:14
hi Ann - many thanks for the comments about "with hindsight". It's strange really though - I wrote all of these poems over the last 15 yrs & posted some of the ones which I thought were my best stuff - with very often little or no comment. Then by chance I posted a few on a totally different tack which were much simpler, easy to understand & these seemed to be better accepted, though IMHO they are not my "best" stuff. do you ever find the same? The one of yours which I included on my site - Coromandel - is sublime but didn't get any more comments than many lesser works by others. I've been aware of this quandary for many years - to the extent that I even wrote a poem on the subject.... but still, it's a mystery. Is it that others just don't "get it" or is it that some of us like Rossini & some like Abba - I just don't know. All I do know for sure is that it is wonderful when someone else does "get it" as we intended. all the best. B
Fri 2nd Apr 2010 18:09
Hey, i,m glad someone likes my character in 'Space dust', as she is sweet and mis-understood, haha. Thanks x
Fri 2nd Apr 2010 16:52
Hi Ann - you be a daffodil if you want, but they dont do a lot, now do they? whereas monkeys on the other hand stuff their faces all day, pee all over their cellmates, have copious sex - often with other species; oh, hang on a minute, maybe I was thinking of jodie & ken there.
Thu 1st Apr 2010 19:58
Anne Thank you so much you are very kind... I've tried to get a Longfellow feel to my poem... so consequently it needs to be beneath instead of Neath... Yes that would be lovely lets go Dilly Dancing on Friday...
Once again many thanks.
Thu 1st Apr 2010 09:16
Happy April Fool's Day to you, too! Hope you play lots of tricks and don't get fooled yourself. xx
Wed 31st Mar 2010 20:45
Hi Ann - "laying on of hands" - thanks for your kind comments. all the best. B
Wed 31st Mar 2010 14:22
She puts me in the shed!
Wed 31st Mar 2010 10:27
hello Ann, I am glad to be back too!
I emailed my friend who does taxidermy and she said she'd be happy for me to give you the link to pictures of her work..but it's on facebook and I don't know if that'd be useful to you or not. Let me know and I'll comment the link to you.
Wed 31st Mar 2010 10:13
Glad you found the links useful, Ann. I suppose it would be a long trek for the newspaper boy, up to your row of cottages! As it happens, there is no mention of either award in the print version of today's paper - just yards of politics and other stuff. Greg x
Tue 30th Mar 2010 09:49
Ann, thanks for your kind words on First to Depart. Appreciated,.
Mon 29th Mar 2010 20:57
hi - "the beauty queen" - many thanks. B
Sun 28th Mar 2010 16:35
Thank you Anne for reading my poem reference to my grandfather's Scrotum. and in particular the last line.
You are very encouraging and ... prolific...you probably written another ten poems becuse the clocks have gone forward affording you more datlight thinking time.... whoops... another poem... oh here comes another...
lucky girl it takes me ages.
Sun 28th Mar 2010 11:21
Heel Ms Foxglove, a graphic novel is a comic! Pictures (they call it 'artwork') and words (they call them 'captions')... I imagine the medium might appeal to you.
Sun 28th Mar 2010 10:34
Thanks Ann,I have been introspective and a wee bit crap of late....feeling springier now so hopefully I'm on the up again. My mum likes that poem too, I will make Chris take me up there again today...see what's changed this sunday!
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