Sat 7th Nov 2009 15:28
Thanks for taking the time to comment, which in itself is intriguing.
xx Steve xx
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Original item by Cynthia Buell Thomas
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.
Mon 5th Oct 2009 15:58
I have left a reply on my blog for you if you have any further questions could we have a chat online?
Sun 4th Oct 2009 20:48
Thanks for your comments on both "Losing Interest" and "Texting". Your views on language and mine seem to coincide quite a bit. However, I am slightly confused to the reference to "Brave New World" By Aldous Huxley when it was Nineteen Eighty-Four that I was referencing in "Texting". If you could clarify on that, I would appreciate it. Thanks,
Sun 4th Oct 2009 19:46
I am humbled
Sat 3rd Oct 2009 19:31
Thanks for the line. I'm glad I stayed as well. I don't comment much, but I do love reading other peoples work.
Sat 3rd Oct 2009 16:46
Hi Cynthia, thanks for commenting. Yes there is a significance in the 'pearl' stitch, very astute of you as always, the type of stitch chosen is as important as the fact that she was knitting. Does that make sense?
Hope you are well
Fri 2nd Oct 2009 23:36
Hi, Cynthia, thanks for commenting on 'Raincoat'. You are generous with your appraisal. Much appreciated.
Fri 2nd Oct 2009 22:20
Thanks for the very kind comment about Churchill, Cynthia. Pretty sure it's not deserved, but glad you liked it. x
Sun 27th Sep 2009 21:48
Thanks for your comment, it's much appreciated.
I manage to squeeze out a little something silly every now and then. From where? who knows.
Sun 27th Sep 2009 16:32
Greetings Cynthia, thanks for the comment on Eer Olives Pumps, and for always taking time to read my stuff. Much appreciated.
Sun 27th Sep 2009 13:55
Thank you Cynthia , it is a light-hearted commentary on life, how one second or one word can change things, also how misinterpretation is so easily made.
I like the comment on keeping a better movement with the ending ee sound. Brilliant , thanks.
Sun 27th Sep 2009 09:40
thanks again for reading and making comment
i am practising the fledglin guantanamo approach to poetry ; )
Marianne Louise Daniels
Sun 27th Sep 2009 02:03
cynthia, thankyou for the best review I have ever gotten. i am touched that you appreciate that poem, as regarding usage of words - it really is whatever spurts out of my heart and if its there, then its right for me at the time. i rarely touch a poem after i have written the first time, i really like the magic of it and greatly appreciate your work.
Sat 26th Sep 2009 11:00
in answer to your question on my poem.
I don't know either. I can say in all honesty that the poem wrote itself. It sat on my desk top for two days before posting it because i thought there was more to come. I know how it makes me feel and i now have some idea of what it means to me personally but the fact that Nicky and Francine and others saw something for themselves in it says it isn't just for me and was right to share it. Whatever anyone takes from it or wants to see in it is for them to see and decide for themselves what it means to them.
In this case as they say - I just write the stuff. :-)
Thanks for your interest and comments.
Fri 25th Sep 2009 21:25
Helpless, still, like their is something missing from my life Cynthia, a feeling that never goes away, not from a 'woe is me' perpective, I have four beautiful children, Nathan is my second. But will always wonder what he would look like, how he would grow, what he would be interested in. Grief never goes away and time does not heal it just broadens ones shoulders and increases one's pain threshold. ( don't get me wrong their are many times that my emotions pour out and I may sit and cry and I question the why's and wherefores regularly)
Darren's critique is interesting and maybe I may try the she/he layout. let me know what you think.