Sat 28th Nov 2009 18:35
Thank you for your comment on my poem South with Endurance - why do you think is about the north pole I wonder???
Comment is about Cynthia Buell Thomas (Poet profile)
Original item by Cynthia Buell Thomas
Wed 25th Nov 2009 08:10
soemthing somwhere dies - i like this and you are right - tis more consistent this way - thanks
i tend only to leave stuff on here for comment for a short while - though i did/do appreciate your comment Cynthia
Wed 25th Nov 2009 05:41
Thank you for your kind words on my poem, 'That Tomorrow'. I am not quite reaching for the rope just yet. I remember reading something in the neww about bankers getting their fat bonus payouts and America spending daft money on the space programme.That got me thinking.and made me angry. Mankind needs reminding that there alot to prioritise and fight for.
That's me done on my soap box.
Tue 24th Nov 2009 17:35
Ty CBT, most welcome, as always.
Tue 24th Nov 2009 00:11
Hello Cynthia thank you for your recent comments on my stuff ;-), my Sister tells me you are one of the nicest and most constructive people on here ;-)) Great !! you can carry on giving me tips and help me with the technical issues ensuing ha ha kindest regards George ( Mr Thaumaturgically Charged ha ha)
Mon 23rd Nov 2009 21:33
just seen the lovely message you left on my profile at the end of last month. Thankyou.
Only here for a few days. A friend has loaned me a mobile dongle which surprisingly has allowed me to log in.
Sun 22nd Nov 2009 11:26
Morning Cynthia, thanks for your lovely comment on Taj. I had the most fabulous trip and the memory of the Taj will stay printed indelibly on my mind forever. And yes I own up to being a sentimentalist..... I defy anyone not to look at such beauty and not be moved! You were so right about the poverty though. At first you are stunned at the awful conditions and the dirt and poverty in which most of the people live, but gradually rightly or wrongly your mind accepts it as part of life in a third world country. There is a huge difference between the fabulous wealth of the maharajas and their palaces and how the rest of the population live. And yet there is a vibrancy about it that we somehow seem to have lost.
Fri 20th Nov 2009 13:04
thanks again for your comments - much valued
Thu 12th Nov 2009 14:59
Thanks for commenting as ever. The poem's structure (if that isn't too grandiose a word in the circs) flows from the importance of the initial letter of each line. I hoped that would be clear, but it seems to be another 'live and learn' one.
Tue 10th Nov 2009 14:40
Hi Cynthia. Thanks for your comments on The Silver Surfer poem. It was fun to write and came together rather quickly, didn't realise this style was en vogue however. Win
Mon 9th Nov 2009 13:25
Thanks for that , Cynthia, I read all your stuff. Steve Smith
Mon 9th Nov 2009 11:12
Enjoyed very much your 2 poems at Sale, thanks for feedback on my 2 recent poems, very touched x love pete.
Sun 8th Nov 2009 21:37
Thanks as ever for your comment. I agree about verdicts, but we'll never stop people judging each other, thus the (realistic?) plea for gentleness rather than stopping altogether. We can hope
Sun 8th Nov 2009 19:46
When I said your comment was intriguing, this was because a couple of readers had misunderstood where the poem was coming from, which is why I added the explanation at the top.
I thought you had read it first time round, but had become better informed after seeing the explanation of who was speaking.
I think what I've just written makes sense, but I wouldn't bank on it. If it does - great, if it doesn't let me know, and I'll have another go.
xx Steve xx
Sat 7th Nov 2009 15:28
Thanks for taking the time to comment, which in itself is intriguing.
xx Steve xx
Sat 7th Nov 2009 01:16
Hi Cynthia thank you for your welcome comment on my first blog entry ..Mixed Emotions.. we actually met at sale waterside in september I was with my friend Linda.Missed out on the october event but going to the november one. hope to see you there ...Bernadette
Thu 5th Nov 2009 19:55
thanks for your comment on 4:21 poem
i realised what you meant after the penny dropped : )
Thu 5th Nov 2009 18:11
Thu 5th Nov 2009 17:22
Good Evening Cynthia,
Four Ways Five...just my way of saying,
'More than... and every which way' , at the same time.
Consider yourself clued in...
Thank you for your lovely comments.
Wed 4th Nov 2009 08:03
thanks as ever for your considered comment on my poem - in the poem i switched the light off to let the room take shape - though the immediate perceptual would tell the read otherwise
curious to know how you would do the equal line thing that you mention in your comment?
Tue 3rd Nov 2009 19:42
Thanks as ever for your generous comment. Hope we meet one day x
Mon 2nd Nov 2009 17:35
Hi Cynthia, thank you for your kind words and suggestion on 'You came', I have amended that line and it does flow more smoothly now. i appreciate your guidance.
Sun 1st Nov 2009 15:32
Hi Cynthia. Sorry I am late replying to you, I have limited internet access. Thank you for you feed back on Victim Empathy. The Bullying experience is true, However Although I wonder how it would be for me to confront the people involved-I havent actually done so. As the poem says, I feel it would fall on deaf ears if I did so. They would not accept that it had been that bad.
I dont live within the experience, but it does have knock on effects sometimes. It was good to get it all out in writing. Glad you like it.
Look forward to reading your work on here.
Take care em.
Wed 28th Oct 2009 21:42
Thanks for your comments on Sense of Silence. Your comment is a constructive comment that denotes careful and attentive reading, but, even so, I don't agree.It made me read it again and think, but, to me, that line has a place and iis a fundamental part of the whole.
Tue 27th Oct 2009 00:37
HI Cynthia, Thanks for the great critique of "A Day in the Life". Your comments were much appreciated, as was the very diplomatic spelling correction :-)
Mon 26th Oct 2009 09:44
Thanks as ever for the positive feedback. It was interesting that you thought the poem was close to proselytizing, which is normally associated with attempts to persuade people to join a particular religious organisation. I've just spent two weeks in Israel Palestine which gave rise to the poem, and would hold that particular religious organisations are a significant part of the problem there. I think the poem could have been written by an atheist as, if there is a God (which I believe), He/She is assuredly on all sides of all walls. But if there isn't then whatever is 'ultimate reality' is similarly universally present.
I've done some reading about the situation over there. The best book so far has been Emma Williams' 'It's Easier to Reach Heaven than the End of the Street'.
Fri 23rd Oct 2009 16:16
Hi Cynthia, i just want to say thanks for your encouragement and your assistance when commenting on my work.
It really has been very helpful and is appreciated.
I'm off-line for a while but will most likely be back in the new year.
Fri 23rd Oct 2009 11:35
Hi Cynthia, as I have said before I enjoy the criticism of my writing, what you have to say is constructive and I don't take offense at it at all. Sometimes one can get too close to a piece, and miss mistakes and errors, or make mistakes in typing - I am sure that I am computer dyslexic!! haha. Think I mentioned before that I can spot grammatical stakes at a hundred paces in the work of others but when it comes to my own I think they hide and take cover.
Thu 22nd Oct 2009 21:55
Hello there. Just wanted to thank you for your whole hearted support of WOLOP - I keep coming across little comments you have left and it all helps. I sometimes wonder if it might be more successful spear headed by someone less controversial.... Perhaps you could take it over one day if it doesn't keel over and die this month - not that I'm trying to divest at all - there isn't much admin to it - I would just like it to be successful. Food for thought anyway.
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
Wed 21st Oct 2009 00:40
Hi Cynthia... As someone who is a poor speller and yet pedantic about his own work I really appreciate your corrections to my salmon poem. Both are correct. Will leave the blog as it is though as don't want to jump the queue. Thanks for the comments. Win x
Tue 20th Oct 2009 16:03
Thanks Cynthia for the comment on 'poet critic' - not sure I like that title - It sort of wrote itself between the washing, drying and ironing yesterday, so thought I would give it a bit of an airing. I think I shall take your advice though later and sit down with it and organise it better, thanks. x
Tue 20th Oct 2009 07:36
Hi Cynthia - we have an open relationship based on holistic non-judgementalism
thanks for the s - typo in soup : )
Mon 19th Oct 2009 11:56
Thank You for your most valuable critique Re; vixen... The 2nd 'of' is ugly ... I'll amend as you suggest.
Once again many thanks for your wonderful comments.
Mon 19th Oct 2009 11:20
Thanks Cynthia. Did you write that before I changed the structure. Ran it all together so it read like a stream of consciouness. Better as one or broken into stanza's do think?
Fri 16th Oct 2009 19:50
thanks again for your time
Fri 16th Oct 2009 13:54
Hi Cynthia - thanks for comment on mine. Your 'Thinking' could be aimed at me - Kipling said not to 'make thought your aim' but what did he know! I often call us the "ape confused by language" but then language also cures. What if we had none, and all thought like pre-verbal infants - or in pictures?
Fri 16th Oct 2009 08:43
as always - thanks for taking the time to read and make comment on my work Cynthia
Thu 15th Oct 2009 20:25
Hi Cynthia, thank you for taking the time to read my poem. I thought your comment was a very interesting one that made me go back and read it again quite carefully, I hadn't thought about there being different tones to the voice but I see what you mean. I was also pleased to be introduced to your work, especially The Sage, very haunting. I enjoyed the language too (I'm sometimes accused of using 'old fashioned' language).
Thu 15th Oct 2009 08:23
Thank you for your comment Cynthia.
I find it such an irony that Bamburgh Castle was 'restored' using money gained from arms sales, and that there is a war memorial below the castle.
I think it is a measure of how low we have sunk as a society, when a major British arms dealer is running schools all over Britain under the cover of being a 'registered charity'.
So much for the chances of our children living in peace !
Wed 14th Oct 2009 10:45
Hi cynthia, thank you for the comments.
I see what you mean about science and poetry both being about discovery, unfortunately the science side of thing has lost any sense of discovery at the moment due to the dreaded exams causing me to have to keep dredging up and trying to memorise the same old facts!
I really appreciate how you dont just give me a little comment of encouragement, but provide constructive criticism i can work on.
Tue 13th Oct 2009 11:29
I say, Cynthia you keep me on my toes don't you. My daughter asked for the piece ,it was lightweight I agree. If you want some real meat then I will have to oblige some time in the future.
Your comments are appreciated it keeps me on my toes.
Mon 12th Oct 2009 18:46
Thanks for taking the time to comment.
I went to SA, as a 19 year old idiot, in 1967. I knew nothing of the world (who did in '67). I'd been as far as the Isle of Man, and never seen London until the plane took off from Heathrow.
Met my wife in SA (half Dutch; half Scot), and the children were born there. It was probably only when they came along that the light started to dawn. Returned at the beginning of '75 somewhat wiser.
Sun 11th Oct 2009 10:01
thanks once again or taking the time to read and make considered comment on the call - the change of title to the list i had already scratched my head about prior to posting - good to know that there are like minds out there in the ether ; )
and i like that you question if this is indeed a tragedy
i am developing an overall context within which this poem sits
thanks again - i appreciate your comment and time
Thu 8th Oct 2009 20:04
Hi Cynthia - the punch and judy piece is a bit off both - have changed it round a bit but have being delayed caus off ill health before I got it up online! glad you liked it - do have a poem called 'the little minixie' or something that I will put up which is dedicated to anna and yourself as you both inspired me at Poetica.. hope you enjoyed it! I'm gonna be missing next week but will return! x
Thu 8th Oct 2009 20:02
No Cynthia, I think the poor pearl will be happy of the attention. My greatgrandma, grandma, and my mother, all of gaelic and celtic ( with some spanish and french thrown in - my mother did the family tree), background always told me as a child that pearls were for tears. I am going to do some reasearch now and see what I can find. Interesting how subconsciously things that were ingrained as a child automatically appear in work. I hadn't thought of that, and funnily enough the poem was written on the anniversary of my sons death, and was initially written about what I was doing that night when it happened. I wrote it in a way that was subjective to the reader, so that they could read anything in to it and they would not be put off or swayed in their commentary by a piece that was so personal, as I have already done that in 'the poem that should never have been....'. I found that all that people saw was the content, and the pain and not the poem itself. In 'Pearl Stitch', I hope I succeeded.
I think I have hit one of those blind spots now. My ideas are there and most of the words there, but they are not going onto the paper the way I want them too.
Shane alexander stanisauskis
Wed 7th Oct 2009 21:34
U dont sound like a jerk....your words are comforting.....i am young yeah but i got an old mind....thank you for your comments.....x
Wed 7th Oct 2009 10:12
You are quite correct Cynthia, in knitting terminology it is generally known as the 'purl stitch' and only sometimes referred to as the 'pearl stitch', for example seed-pearl stitch.
However, 'pearl' is a metaphor for something very valuable and very rare and admirable, also the pearl has a translucent beauty, an iridescent quality to it. The poem is about knitting, however, the knitting represents life - creation and the ongoing intricacies of life are synonomous to the intricacies of the pattern. The purl stitch the 'inverted stitch' - a change in the direction of that life, life being turned upside down by an event (which can be read as a wanted or an unwanted event depending on the reader), and the knitting remains unfinished - just as so many things in life do. We do not value life as much as we should and often take it for granted until something happens, in some cases that realisation comes too late.
So, yes, you also were correct when you commented that the title had significance.
Tue 6th Oct 2009 11:32
Hi cynthia, thanks for your comment on 'single malt', all criticism welcome - have left a comment on the blog. Really struggled with that piece, it was a rewrite of one I wrote 17 years ago - from a different perspective, you may prefer the other. I may blog it, to see if the re-write was an improvement or just self-indulgence on my part :-)
'The Painting' is fabulous! Represents how subjective Art really is. Enjoyed it.
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