Ann Foxglove

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Sun 25th Jul 2010 22:20

Thanks Cynthia for kind comments on Sunday Afternoon poem. I nearly didn't put it on as it seemed so slight. I NEVER understand this poetry lark! xx

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Sun 25th Jul 2010 21:34

Cynthia, thank you for reading and commenting on "Melancholium".
I am always intrigued to read your feedback and understand your angle on this piece.
Strangely, I see it a a much slower, thoughtful poem, hence the title and the almost daydream-like rambling of the words. The inspiration for this coming from those idle thoughts that pop into one's mind sometimes. Whatever happened to so and so etc etc.

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Sun 25th Jul 2010 18:14

Thank you for your high appraisal of 'High Tide' and 'Stars'. I haven't really posted in a while. I'm hoping to post more from here-on-in.

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Sat 24th Jul 2010 10:52

Hi Cynthia, thanks for being so kind about Walking the Shore - and for not objecting to the fourth verse! The trouble you take to read, appreciate and criticise people's work is always morale-boosting. Greg

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Ann Foxglove

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Fri 23rd Jul 2010 20:20

Thank you so much for your very kind comments on my German Boy. xx

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Olga Gerke

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Wed 21st Jul 2010 20:11

HI CYnthia! Thank you for commenting my "Playtime". I am happy that it appeals to you. It was partly childhood memory, partly grown-up reflection..

Like your new poems. Keep them coming! X

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Wed 21st Jul 2010 18:13

Minds that
do not intrigue'
are - by rest assured-
fraught with fatigue.

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Lynn Dye

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Wed 21st Jul 2010 16:11

Thanks for favourable comment, Cynthia, on "Seal Pups". The Humane Society International have details:
www.hsi.org/issues/protect_seals/facts/canada_seals.html

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Thom Blake

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Wed 21st Jul 2010 12:40

Hi Cynthia, Thanks a lot for the comment on my recent poem(s). It means a lot. I loved your Clichés poem, by the way, unpredictable, amusing and very intelligently written. TB

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winston plowes

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Mon 19th Jul 2010 16:38

Hi Cynthia - Rachel is here in case you didn't realise, http://www.writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=11547

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Ann Foxglove

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Mon 19th Jul 2010 13:44

Thanks for comment on Crystal Clear Cynthia. I didn't actually use the word invisible at all though, so I don't see how there could be too much emphasis on that particular word. I was more thinking of something cold and clear and transparent as a block of ice. Not necessarily invisible. xx

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Dave Bradley

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Mon 19th Jul 2010 13:16

Hi Cynthia

Thanks as ever for your thoughtful comment on 'Science Fiction'. I'm afraid Sale isn't a possibility. I play league table tennis and it's the club practice night. I beat everyone last week (competitive? moi?) which has never happened before. So, although Sale is tempting, it wouldn't be good form to fail to show this week.

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Gus Jonsson

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Sun 18th Jul 2010 13:07

Hi Cynthia You know I'm far too shy and polite to tear you to pieces ... the very thought!!


Thank as always for reading...

Gus
Xx

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Chris Dawson

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Sun 18th Jul 2010 00:32

Thanks for reading and thanks for the comments, it is much appreciated.
Cynthia, with most of my writing I hope there are layers - that's the way my mind works - things relate to each other in both an obvious and obscure way. I like word play, and thought play, and lateral meanings - it can be as obvious, or as deep, as you want it to be. I think with a lot of poetry the interpretation belongs to the reader, not the writer; as here - both Francine and Carole have seen different things.
Sometimes, you are quite right, I am literal and obvious, and I use poetry to try to cope with, or make sense of, things that are getting on top of me - sometimes people relate to that, sometimes they don't. But whatever my frame of mind, or my intention, or my meaning when I write something, is irrelevant to how the reader will feel about it, so why does it matter whether my intention was to be deep or literal? I am a multi-faceted person, I endeavour to make my work reflect that, sometimes it works, sometimes not.
Cx

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Pete Crompton

Sat 17th Jul 2010 22:50

Hi Cynthia, thanks for the comment on 'stone I own' as usual I'm never sure about posting stuff, also it looks different when you post it, I would like to take guidance on punctuation etc. I dont normally punctuate, with this one I did and its no good, so ill go and edit. I have recently been joining different poems together just to try somethin new, it may head towards a cut up idea, just to keep fresh. I seem to have lost the desire to shout at moment its all Love n stuff. Bestest . Pete xxx

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Olga Gerke

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Sat 17th Jul 2010 18:20

HI Cynthia. Thank u for commenting on my stuff. i tried not to overload it with meanings and images but maybe i didn't succeed. Actually i'm just from Steve Waling's workshop and it gave me some new ideas. I posted new poem written at the workshop as well

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Francine

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Fri 16th Jul 2010 19:45

Thank you for reading my poem 'The Berry Bridge'...
So very interesting and perceptive your comments are Cynthia!
You just go on and say whatever you want... : )

Francine x

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John Darwin

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Tue 13th Jul 2010 23:57

Hi Cybthia, Rachel is fine I think she is just taking a short break. Hope you are well.

John

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ray miller

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Tue 13th Jul 2010 20:23

Cynthia. Thanks so much. Taking out Grandma is meant to have a double meaning. It's about my mother-in-law who suffered a series of strokes, vascular dementia and a slow death. Taken out in that sense.We hoped for a quicker end - Apocalypse - but got The Long March.
"disturbed by weight of water" refers to the handkerchiefs dislodged by rain but also implying, in my clumsy way,teardrops.

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Rachel McGladdery

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Tue 13th Jul 2010 11:53

Hi Cynthia, many thanks for the comment on Curing Poetry....I have honestly found writing very hard work recently, stuff's been drying up but I hope the drought will be over soonish. Your comment was as always much appreciated, and gave me a boost.
Love
Rachel
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Gus Jonsson

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Mon 12th Jul 2010 14:05

Thank you for your very well thought out and written critique re 'Men Of A Certain Age,...

I often catch a glimpse of myself in that poem.... sad


Thanks again.

Gus xx

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Gus Jonsson

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Mon 12th Jul 2010 14:02

Thank you Cynthia re the typo She's... I had originally written a different line ... overlooked the She's....
Thank once again

Gus xx

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Francine

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Sun 11th Jul 2010 13:55

Thank you very much Cynthia for reading and commenting on my poem 'La femme qui pleure'...
I wanted to try something different.

Francine x

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ray miller

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Sat 10th Jul 2010 11:56

Cynthia. Thanks for your comments on Stroke.I can't decide between resuscitated and regurgitated. What do you think?

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Hayden

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Sat 10th Jul 2010 07:58

Cynthia,

Thankyou most kindly for commenting! I'm glad you enjoy my poetry, and your encouragement is much appreciated - as a pessimist I am prone to shelving opposed to sharing, and I feel far more ready to share after your insightful response.

Danke.

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winston plowes

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Thu 8th Jul 2010 20:50

hi Cynthia... thanks for your comment on Whitehaven. your comment was on a par with my poem lol :-) Win

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Gus Jonsson

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Thu 8th Jul 2010 17:37

Thank you for your very considered critique Cynthia...The tongues reference is an observation of how when she listens she rubs her tongue over her teeth in an unconcious effort to look both charming and interested...

Once again many thanks!!

Gus xx

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Lynn Dye

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Wed 7th Jul 2010 19:25

Hi Cynthia, thank you for your comments on "Enough's Enough", much appreciated. Most of it is legal actually, but shouldn't be. Thanks again, Lynn x

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Thu 1st Jul 2010 16:08

Hi Cyn - "crimplene & tweed" - you are so kind to me & my poems - I don't know what I've done to deserve it, since many of them are just daft throwaway ideas. I remember commenting on yours about "what women want" type of theme a while ago which was really good, but sometimes it doesn't seem fair that one or two poets just seem to "ring our bell" & yet others ignore them. Ah well different strokes & all that !
all the best. B

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Rachel Bond

Wed 30th Jun 2010 15:51

ah no im sorry you felt like that. i love your enthusiasm and spirit, i once felt like that...my mind, jet streaming always but particularly that night. i had personal stuff going on, nothing to do with company.thanks for your concern x

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owen calvert

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Mon 28th Jun 2010 13:02

thank you for your encouraging comments, they are sincerely appreciated

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Olga Gerke

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Sat 26th Jun 2010 15:11

Cynthia
i 've changed the name of the poem to stop the confusion. Thank you for taking time to read!

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Ann Foxglove

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Fri 25th Jun 2010 21:37

Thanks again Cynthia. x

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Olga Gerke

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Fri 25th Jun 2010 19:26

Re: Fairytale

Thank you for your comment! In "half sleeve" i referred to Hans Christian Anderson's fairytale "The wild swans" where girl kept her silence and was knitting robes from nettle to save her brothers from a curse that turned them into swans.

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Deborah Jordan

Thu 24th Jun 2010 15:01

thanks Cynthia, i value your honesty but to reciprocate in honesty, and maybe for this reason i shouldn't have put it here,this time i didn't want it to be a poem but i think i might take it away and ponder some more..i think my scissors and my brain are slightly tired from cutting, i had to lose 10,000 words last month from a big piece i was working on, so i'll go away and think about it. ta, deb

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Ann Foxglove

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Sun 20th Jun 2010 22:30

Thanks for commenting on Life Model. It means a lot! x

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Caducus

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Sun 20th Jun 2010 11:00

Hi Cynthia

I liked your comment and I want you to always feel you can be bold as honest critiques are such a great compliment opening up new possibilities for the writer and the reader.

The title is ambiguous and could serve as a national or personal description of a Mother. The tools in the two flag are symbols of the industrial proletariat and the peasantry; placing them together symbolises the unity between industrial and agricultural workers. This emblem was conceived during the Bolshevik Revolution. I guess the line skinned moon from there own struggling flag describes the peasants who created the symbolism believe in in it ne more, after retreating to cannibalism during the WW2 the irony of them eating each other and skinning a labourers sickle with a crescent sickle of moon shows the destruction of something natural (moon) and something vile (the loss of identity of a nation).

Thanks for commenting on my Stalingrad poem Cynthia, its refreshing to take time out from my manuscript and read some intelligent feedback.

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Tue 15th Jun 2010 16:06

Hello Cynthia - good to see you back from wherever you have been - I was starting to get worried about you! Glad you liked the denoument to Pandora's Box - they clearly all winners... xx

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winston plowes

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Wed 9th Jun 2010 09:10

Hi Cynthia, Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment on 'Coming Home Without You'. Glad you liked the screwing cat bit and that you found a more universal appeal in the poem.

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Mon 7th Jun 2010 15:09

Hi Cynthia, thought I'd draw your attantion to this (pasted below)... in case you should feel like coming-alonga and taking part. That would be cool!

LIVERpoetry is to host the Grand Liverpool Poetry Competition next week on Wednesday, 9th June.
The competition has a top prize of £100 and is free to enter; and with prizes of £30 and £20 for the second and third runners-up respectively, it could be well worth your while digging out your best poems and taking them along!
Your poem can be on any theme, but each performance may be no longer than four minutes. Your time will begin when you start to speak, and points will be deducted if you exceed the four minute performance time. Judging will be on both the quality of the poem and the performance given.
A maximum of 25 poets can enter the competition, and spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive before 7.30pm and wait at the desk to register in the Upper Room of the Pilgrim pub on Pilgrim Street, Liverpool, LH1 9HB. Arrive in good time because once 25 poets have registered, the list will be closed.

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Isobel

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Mon 31st May 2010 17:55

Thanks for your very generous comment Cynthia. I often wish I could 'think' a little more fluently. I've posted a little explanation on the poem. May see you at Sale tonight. x

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Tue 25th May 2010 20:48

Hi Cynthia - thanks for the very kind comments on "grasping at straws". all the best. B

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Chris Dawson

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Tue 25th May 2010 00:07

Hi Cynthia,
Thank-you for reading & commenting on 'Pandora's Box', your comments are always much appreciated.
Yes, I think you're maybe right about the choice to indulge curiosity being the exercise of free will, can I claim poetic licence?
I think also the discussion of what is free will etc is quite a complicated one; the (what I believe to be)myth of Pandora ties up very well with the (what I believe to be) myth of the creation story; certainly in Pandora's case - she did as Zeus had manipulated her into doing, is the same true of Eve? - not sure.
I believe both stories, both women, both gods to be entirely fictitious.
I do believe, however, that we are programmed according to a mutable mix of biological imperatives, chemicals, social conditioning, personal history etc ... so if we're programmed, do we still have completely free will?Interesting point you made!
:)
Cx

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kath hewitt

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Mon 24th May 2010 22:57

Hi Cynthia,
RE pandoras box, glad you liked it and though i can't say i know the biblical references i like the fact that you were able to relate the two 'stories'.
RE Riding slipstreams, I have actually blogged it before but during one of my manic depressive downturns ( shall we say ) i removed myself from WOL and inevitably regretted it as i lost record of all the stuff i'd blogged.Hoping to blog 'em again without too much uproar for repetition lol.
RE Onyx eyes, i like that you find it scary and yes i suppose i do enjoy these kind of thoughts, they come easier than hearts and flowers.

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Rachel Bond

Mon 24th May 2010 22:36

think language has a lot to answer for; it can become so esoteric it is a hindrance to real communication rather than a help. In my opinion, it is especially useless when writers/speakers don't really think about what the words really mean, and just 'spout', using all kinds of rhetorical skill to influence other people, all the time being on very unsure ground themselves. 'God/gods' can be the epitome of good or evil. Funny that. I took the slant of 'god/good'

i asked what writers work is this referring to?
language...is especially useless when the writers dont really think about what the words really mean...
i assume you are talking about poetry as we're on a poetry site.
straight forward question really cynthia.

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ray miller

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Fri 21st May 2010 22:42

Cynthia, thanks for the kind comments on my poems. The Egyptian thing is part of a spoof series I'm doing.I used to be a Psychiatric Nurse, despite this I have a good understanding of mental illness!There's another stiletto jab.

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Gus Jonsson

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Wed 19th May 2010 17:30

Hi Cynthia

Well it seemed a good idea... took it out , dusted it off, a little reworking...

Just some encouragement ... can't win me own cake now can I.

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Marianne Louise Daniels

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Mon 17th May 2010 09:38

Thankyou Cynthia Bluebell! much appreciated x

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kath hewitt

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Fri 14th May 2010 22:10

Hi Cynthia,

RE Avon calling; It isn't myself i am denigrating, more the old image ( Edward Scissorhands ). I was mulling over it the other day while delivering brochures.
Ann was right with the toilet, an attempt at word play.

Re Downpour ; I really wanted to keep this short and simple but i really struggled with it for some reason. In the end i gave up and just wrote it as it came.

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. Hope you are well x

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Fri 14th May 2010 16:05

thank you very much

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