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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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... : )
Tue 13th Jul 2010 23:57
Hi Cybthia, Rachel is fine I think she is just taking a short break. Hope you are well.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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?
Sat 10th Jul 2010 07:58
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.
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
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!!
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
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
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
Mon 28th Jun 2010 13:02
thank you for your encouraging comments, they are sincerely appreciated
Sat 26th Jun 2010 15:11
i 've changed the name of the poem to stop the confusion. Thank you for taking time to read!
Fri 25th Jun 2010 21:37
Thanks again Cynthia. x
Fri 25th Jun 2010 19:26
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.
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
Sun 20th Jun 2010 22:30
Thanks for commenting on Life Model. It means a lot! x
Sun 20th Jun 2010 11:00
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Tue 25th May 2010 20:48
Hi Cynthia - thanks for the very kind comments on "grasping at straws". all the best. B
Tue 25th May 2010 00:07
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!
Mon 24th May 2010 22:57
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.
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.
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.
Wed 19th May 2010 17:30
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.
Marianne Louise Daniels
Mon 17th May 2010 09:38
Thankyou Cynthia Bluebell! much appreciated x
Fri 14th May 2010 22:10
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
Fri 14th May 2010 16:05
thank you very much
Fri 14th May 2010 01:57
I fear what I may write about pregnancy and childbirth may not be too nice Cynthia, and that many may find it distasteful, haha.I almost envy you having two at the same time, both girls? May have cut some of mine down if I could have doubled up. This will be the sixth time, and, if she is good with any luck she should be with us within 5 minutes of arriving at hospital - I have timed it pretty well up to now, and if alls well will be in and out - if not it may pertain to a very interesting piece of writing if I can get the use of my vocabulary back soon enough, I cannot stand being in the hospital, I pray that she comes on saturday, my sister Dana just happens to be a senior midwife, I would love to have her at home.xx
Thu 13th May 2010 12:44
hi cynthia. thanks for all of your comments on my work.
regarding comment thread on kealan's omniscient poem:
we were discussing giants and mountains and the loneliness at the peaks of thought...i saw an image on film it was a comedy, could have been from that wonderful tv show monkey, or perhaps monty python cant remember. there's a guru man right at the top of a peak beyond the clouds. another spends his whole life trying to reach him. when he gets there hes overawed by the simplicity of the little man who seems rather annoyed that his isolation has been broken and scuttles off somewhere muttering. The other man sits where he had sat and surveys all. after a minute he shrugs and says, 'is that it?'
i liked this its kind of similar to reaching your own peak and wondering why you bothered to go there at all and spoil the quiet knowledge that some other mind can do that for us with a neccessity for solitude. im a very social person i love company i grew up with a large extended family and isolation is deathly to me. faith in the collective subconscious whilst very real to me is somewhat frustration when the minds i know i share dont even know what im talking about.
i am continually alone in my thoughts. i greatly appreciate the chance for poetry to connect and have made some great friends here through a shared appreciations for words and a quest for truth.
i think my despair is existential...so im fucked really :)
Tue 11th May 2010 01:53
Hi Cynthia, how are you? Wish I could say that I was in possession of a beautiful baby girl, but still waiting,. Feel Like I have been pregnant for 10years now and not the mere 10months that it is. I can't even write at the moment, everything is hormonal dribble, or hot air - ha, I am like a ballon that is ready to pop!- I am reasonably well though, if worn out and a mere shadow of my former self!! I am hoping that Kara Fe (fe with an accent over the 'e') Burrows should be here very shortly, and then at least I can get back to normal, even if general life will be upturned again. Once again, hope you and yours are well and will keep you informed. We have had some really bad viruses in thr computer and when it is working doesn't help me at the minute that it is in the attic bedroom,I need my laptop back. Take care, nicky xx
Sat 8th May 2010 17:49
Thanks for commenting on my latest Cynthia - you could never ever sound like a jerk and you are spot on. In some ways we are more honest to a screen than we are to a set of eyes and that can land us in trouble... The poem was also about how artificial connections can strangely give comfort.
Sorry to note your absence off the site but am hoping you may have some good poems to commend. Sling your April ones in, if you haven't had time to look through May. If you are having problems with blogs like me, you might like to check out the site feedback discussion thread that gives a few suggestions... x
Fri 7th May 2010 22:46
Thank-you Cynthia for your comments on 'Disconnected' - glad you like it.
Think I agree with you about apostrophe in wires, but not in connection's (abbreviation). Thanks for the advice.
Thu 6th May 2010 19:56
thank you for your comment! You are too kind. I am sure that even in these few lines i made a lot of mistakes. But thank you again! It inspires me to write more
Mon 3rd May 2010 17:12
I'm sorry for not giving you more notice about the new rules for WOLOP Cynthia - I just suddenly realised that there wouldn't be enough voters to run it properly this month. I would hate any effort you have gone to, to go to waste, though. Let me have the list of worthy poems you have already compiled and I will add them to the list for May - that way, they get to be highlighted and possibly chosen. Let me know about good May ones as you go along, then you don't have to trawl through at the end. I so wish we had another 50 site members like you - you have an enthusiasm and the commitment that I adore.
Mon 3rd May 2010 14:04
thank you for your comment I suppose "seed of death" means all these things rolled in one. The poem is started as an answer to my friend , who is younger than me. But it can be interpreted differently
Mon 3rd May 2010 11:42
thanx, Cynthia! yes, the picture is mine. I like to dance and meet lots of people who are ( whatever you call it - spiritual, new age, or gaia...Thank you for your comment! X
Mon 3rd May 2010 11:23
"asparagus" Hi Cyn - and many thanks. No - I missed J-Lo on TV; she's lovely, but about as bright as a cheese sandwich though, but I'd forgive her that ;)
Mon 3rd May 2010 09:38
thanks Cyn - "the glossies" = it's one of those with which I am quite pleased but most dont seem to "get it". B
Sun 2nd May 2010 15:26
howya cynth, thanks for the comments again, i enjoy the fact you always question them, it gives me a chance to describe the content clearly, as reguards to decidious embracement, the general theme is the alienation of new begginings, decidious implys that every welcome eventually decays, i know that sounds horribly emo but i refuse to censor myself on the grounds of stereotype. I feel anguish belonged to the poet long before the emo and therefore we have the right to convey it without generalisation.
Fri 30th Apr 2010 12:59
thanks Cynthia for your comments they are much appreciated.
Fri 30th Apr 2010 09:55
Tongue swirling, how lovely.
Your comments and reply to my poetry are equally as tongue swirling.
Thank you so much for your very much appreciated support.
Thu 29th Apr 2010 17:31
Thanks for commenting on Phosphorous Cynthia. No, no sex with the dog!! I think the hound (dog indeed!) symbolises the man. And phosphorous a passion that can burn.
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