Sat 19th Jan 2013 19:17
Hi Lady Thanks for the comment on 'Seville'. Yes that's the point about Gazpacho. I never really got it until - in the right circumstances - I did!
Comment is about Lady Ha Ha (poet profile)
Original item by Lady Ha Ha
Sat 19th Jan 2013 18:34
I'm not sure I'd enjoy reading to an all woman group. I like the mixture of styles and subject matter that you get with mixed groups. I like personal stuff but wouldn't want a whole evening of it. You can't generalise too much about men though - I know plenty who write about their emotions too. And I know women who do humour really well.
I've never understood free masonry either - why anyone would want to go to an all male environment like that - other than as some sort of social climbing exercise. Still - if they get something out of it and it is't hurting me.
I've come to the conclusion that everything is ok so long as it isn't hurting anyone else. It only gets annoying when non inclusive groups get arts council funding, where large all embracing ones can't. There is something fundamentally wrong with that.
Comment is about Loose Muse: redressing the balance for women writers (article)
Original item by Greg Freeman
Sat 19th Jan 2013 18:30
Welcome to Write Out Loud. It is great that you are in touch all the way from Tirana.
I look forward to hearing more about you and reading some samples of your writing.
Comment is about Leon Qafzezi (poet profile)
Original item by Leon Qafzezi
Sat 19th Jan 2013 17:45
I wish you Happy New Year 2013!
Thanks for my page.All the best!
Sat 19th Jan 2013 17:32
Misogyny (and its meaning) has time on its side, plus a phonetic connection with the female sex - e.g. "mis(s)"-that makes it easy to remember - and trot out at the slightest provocation perhaps? But the fact that it IS defined and IS to be found in our dictionaries, whereas the same attitude to the opposite sex is NOT included or defined, indicates a logical need to redress the balance...preferably with a word that is equally easy to recall.
Remembering Queen Victoria's notorious interference in the drafting of a sexual offences bill that duly omitted any reference to lesbianism, I wouldn't be at all surprised if she had some involvement!
Comment is about HOMOGYNY. (blog)
Original item by Philip Fletcher
Sat 19th Jan 2013 17:29
Anyone remember Horniman's tea?
Comment is about Honduras (blog)
Original item by John Coopey
Sat 19th Jan 2013 17:25
Nicely written Ann (Happy New Year by the way). I wonder how many of us have a special Christmas tree decoration that only sees the light of day for a short time each year. How clever to document the changes (in people and things) that she is witness to.
A lovely idea. I wished I'd had it! Very best wishes, Graham
Comment is about january fairy (blog)
Original item by Ann Foxglove
Sat 19th Jan 2013 17:14
I marvel that there's rarely a smidgen
To be seen of a deceased pigeon;
I'll allow, if you will,
The occasional road kill
But no trace at any place of religion!
Does anyone know where birds go to die?
I'll bet no one does - and neither do I!
Comment is about Thomas Malthus (blog)
Original item by Thomas Thurman
Sat 19th Jan 2013 16:49
The use of a word that works is not a reflection on its users.
And what, pray, is "misogynous" about the concept of a
word that promotes a meaning of equal value when
addressing perceived sexism?
Sat 19th Jan 2013 14:39
thank you for your great comments I have in fact edited it see what you think
Comment is about Clock (blog)
Original item by fiona sinclair
Lady Ha Ha
Sat 19th Jan 2013 14:10
Oh you spoil sport!
Comment is about real love (blog)
Cynthia Buell Thomas
Sat 19th Jan 2013 14:04
An excellent write-up. Thank you for your skill and your time.
Comment is about Countdown to TS Eliot prize: how the contenders performed (article)
Sat 19th Jan 2013 14:01
Sorry to prick your misogynous bubble chaps and chapess, but I think the term misandrist/misandrism has existed since at least the 1970s - though it doesn't seem to have gotten into many dictionaries.
Still, if you prefer to be likened to bottles of creamless milk, go for it :)
Sat 19th Jan 2013 12:39
I do remember Flags of the World bubble gum as well as the Brooke Bond cards. I even had cigarette cards of the pre-Munich United team, though the only one I can still picture is Duncan Edwards.
So, which city is the UK football capital? Unless one of them starts flagging.
Sat 19th Jan 2013 11:56
It reminds me of 'The Tell-Tale Heart'. And 'How much for the curtains' made me laugh. I really like this poem, it has great imagery. The story of the owner has a fairytale quality too and with the sounds and images it could be a great short film.
Sat 19th Jan 2013 09:48
Hi Yvonne Thanks for comment on my postcard poem. My days as a teacher seem a long time ago now. Don't know how I did it for so long!
Comment is about Yvonne Brunton (poet profile)
Original item by Yvonne Brunton
Sat 19th Jan 2013 00:16
I am currently an airline pilot and play bassoon in the Royal Liverpool Philomonic Orchestra and am chef-du-'file at various restaurants and still find time to chuck empty beer cans at gulls that land too close to my caravan.
Sat 19th Jan 2013 00:15
Wow! Look what I found.
Fri 18th Jan 2013 23:37
The horrors of social network sites laid bare
it makes cowardly bullies and tragic victims of so many.
Comment is about Another Ugly Duckling (blog)
Original item by Matthew Derbyshire
Fri 18th Jan 2013 23:31
good word there MR F. You have to get it used in print several times for the OED to accept it. You don't appear to be too popular in Calderdale at the moment but if you could get a councillor to use it in a flyer or an MP to use it in a speech it might be well on its way.- Plus put it in a poem on as many websites etc as possible Do the OED accept social sites as print or is it only ink on paper?
Fri 18th Jan 2013 23:23
Aha So they've found Shergar at last!
Comment is about Tasty Equine Segments,Customer Outrage !! (blog)
Original item by hugh
Fri 18th Jan 2013 23:21
hey not so sexist JC I collected all the Brooke Bond sets of card and like MCN pored over them like treasure. Yes I too wonder what became of them. I guess mum discarded them along with my 6th form tricorne hat (black trimmed with emerald green) when I deserted Manchester for Doncaster - serves me right!!! I so mourn the loss of my tricorne!.
Fri 18th Jan 2013 23:00
Ah the treasure of the ritual. When seen through the eyes of the fairy the passage of time does not dim the memories of christmas' past. And the sadness of the 'familiar face' that is missing adds a poignency to her immortality - until the threat of a artificial tree highlights her vulnerability.
Lovely poem. xx
Fri 18th Jan 2013 22:27
I loved it Thomas, but I couldn't keep up!
Comment is about Horatius (blog)
Fri 18th Jan 2013 21:57
caravan and sea are so me!
Comment is about Tommy Carroll (poet profile)
Original item by Tommy Carroll
Fri 18th Jan 2013 21:54
thanks for the link to your piccies of Dylan'sbooathouse. I am so jealous that you have been there I love his work too.xx
Comment is about Steve (poet profile)
Original item by Steve
Patricia &Stefan wilde
Fri 18th Jan 2013 21:43
worx for uz dude!xx
Comment is about Ma Third Eye (blog)
Original item by Tom Doolan
Fri 18th Jan 2013 21:39
more than deserving of a lot more comments.
ah well..heres to instigating...xx
Comment is about 2012 (blog)
Original item by Ludo
Fri 18th Jan 2013 21:30
(last two lines)...she glides on a lake of blood..sail swan,sail on....?
That image just appeared telepathically
in the heads of we old turkey knecked two.xx
Fri 18th Jan 2013 21:20
this poem IS talking to me.It is probable that
my eyes need to listen harder with each read.xx
Comment is about Tools of the Trade. (blog)
Fri 18th Jan 2013 21:17
Oh good grief, I have just checked out the two poems more carefully. He has just messed it up in little changes, substituting Like for as, making the rhythm clumsy. What a plonker!
Comment is about Christian Ward's plagiarism 'mistakes' : is this no 4? (article)
Fri 18th Jan 2013 21:13
a 'once-under-a blue moon poem'.
Fri 18th Jan 2013 21:11
It indeed is a beautiful, memory-laden ritual-of-sorts. A splendid poem that rings warm and true. It's also a sign that we step closer to Spring! Thanks for sharing.
Fri 18th Jan 2013 21:10
I sort of agree with you Chris here. I have been to women only poetry events and the atmosphere is very different from an event with a gender mixed audience and those taking part. Even reading to an audience of 50% women feels very different to reading to a mainly male audience. I really enjoy all different audiences and hearing poets in those different contexts.
The argument for a women only event varies. Women are not more scared of reading their work than men. But individual women may well be put off reading their work in a mainly men group, especially if they are writing very personal stuff. They may be encouraged to start reading if they feel it is a receptive audience who will share their experience. An audience where men are in the minority might be more reassuring. Once people have read a few times it matters less, unless they only want to address their work to women.
It is part of the nature of gender politics that men do not fear reading to a female audience more than to men. Also they do not tend to read really personal stuff, at least until they have got used to their audience. I say that from 15 years of sharing the running of Puzzle Poets, not from knee jerk assumptions about gender.
I would encourage all writers to read to audiences as mixed as possible, to see how they respond. I do really enjoy reading to an all women group though. Its the sisterhood thing.
Fri 18th Jan 2013 20:46
At least he didn't mess this poem about, just straight copy. What do they teach on creative writing MA's?
Fri 18th Jan 2013 20:30
I have still got a plastic Father Cristmas that is over 60 years old. My nana gave it to me when I was a kid. Every year He takes pride of place! Take care, Tony.
Fri 18th Jan 2013 19:09
I shall certainly use it in the suggested context...in the interests of what the politicians love to call "a level playing field". And since I am also a published contributor to newspapers' correspondence columns - national and London alike - I shall keep it in mind for appropriate use.
Fri 18th Jan 2013 16:28
such a good description of all these prize-winning poets and their work, I would just like a few lifetimes to catch up with reading them all !
Fri 18th Jan 2013 15:48
White or Browne
Don't mind either
As long as
The name called
Fits on the
Fine horsehair sofa.
Comment is about Recycled Prophesies (January 2013 Collage Poem) (blog)
Original item by Stockport WoL
Fri 18th Jan 2013 15:42
And well done for tipping the winner, Frances!
Fri 18th Jan 2013 15:24
From the comments, collecting these cards was obviously not a girlie thing to do. Brooke bond, greg? You may well be right.
Fri 18th Jan 2013 15:08
Homogyny - a meaning worth including in any lexicon of new words. It's short and sharp, and whilst close to "homogeneity", it is sufficiently - and significantly - shorter to worry about confusing the two words.
Homogyny - displaying hatred, ridicule or contempt for the male sex.
Homogynist - one who displays hatred, ridicule or contempt for the male sex.
Let's look at one notable example where it applies.
The number of ads. out there ridiculing the male sex as infantile or incompetent: needing to be rescued by the "superiority" of female intelligence and/or skills -NOT a healthy sign for male self-respect. Were ads. that reversed the roles to be shown, all hell would break loose and men would be immediately damned as "misogynists" or worse. There's a lot of it about, so let's give it a name. Why not "homogyny"? Well done, Mr Fletcher! You deserve to have your word recognised - so go for it with the OED.
Let me make it clear that I DO recognise the difference between gentle clever wit and opportunistic one-way sexism.
A final observation: Many demands for so-called equality in society today are, in fact, under-the-
counter searches for preference. They need to be scrutinised closely to ensure clarity of purpose and acceptable social fairness.
Fri 18th Jan 2013 15:01
Oh go on! I bet you say that to all the girls.
Fri 18th Jan 2013 14:47
Some far flung folk devour their doggies
While close to home they eat their froggies.
Let it NEVER be a matter of course
That here in Blighty we eat a horse!
Fri 18th Jan 2013 14:40
cheers tony, and hope you liked it phillip, its very close to home.........teenagers eh!!!
Comment is about Skull Candy!!! (blog)
Original item by Kerry-Marie Fisher
Fri 18th Jan 2013 14:39
Comment is about soul scorcher!! (blog)
Fri 18th Jan 2013 14:38
thank you for that, its much appreciated, kerry
Comment is about No No (blog)
Fri 18th Jan 2013 14:37
I remember those packet tea cards...your post takes me way back! Then came the "Observer" series of books. I still have two of them in front of me as I tap this out. One is "British Steam Locomotives" - and the other is "Freshwater Fishes"...with its inscription from my brother for "Christmas 1957". Instant memories!!! Coincidentally, I've just signed an online petition from Avaaz about the genetically modified salmon the USA seeks to introduce and which could pose a threat to the present wild salmon stocks. Avaaz refer to it as "Frankenfish"!! The dark side of progress perhaps?
Fri 18th Jan 2013 14:33
Ah, freshwater fish! Tench, char, dace, and all the others. Funny I never became a fisherman. Brooke Bond tea, wasn't it?
Fri 18th Jan 2013 12:21
The row has put us on the (plagiarism) world's stage. I do feel sorry for him not having the confidence to write his own stuff, which woudl doubtless, with a bit of guidance, have been better than plagiarising.
I now worry about my satirical takes on others' poems.
This be Worse:
He fucked me up did Philip Larkin, etc.
Now the question is, has anyone managed to write any (original) poems about plagiarising?
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