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Adam Whitworth

Updated: Sat, 16 May 2020 11:14 am

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"Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood" -T. S. Eliot


My Two Penn'orth Today, let our pursuits be anything but trivial. Poetry can twist and shout, cajole and flay; not ours. This time let it be the small-minded spirit of self-interest that is homeless. Should it not be the most generous genius settled at the heart of our craft? The hour has come the soul has waited long enough. We breathe the air of Buddha, of Socrates: Acting accordingly our art becomes great. This instant let us recognise our own strength and therefore take the most gentle care of all we hold in our hands. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Brexit Update (07/08/17) We view the prospect before us with the uncertain mood of our weather clutching all kinds of lucky charms in shallow sleep we stormed away from the mainland now all our fingers are crossed that we don't wake up up to our necks in deep water Our seers are forecasting like mad but who can really see around corners no-one here would like to find themselves adrift in a slo-mo crash but our brave faces harbour fears of tragic pile-ups on this treacherous road A fever runs throughout the land all that could be said to others gallops round and round our splitting heads yet at the chance to speak we trade slogan for slogan laughing off the gravity posed as buoyant and lighthearted hahaha ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Nocturne There's a thundercloud sweeping earth with shade a man juggling a hammer in one hand Irises grow wide and tall in spring, and mid-winter ice on a wren's garden bath gently tapped to crack There's a moody wave bites the granite face darkness and stillness retire hand in hand our future steps we sleep to dream range further for the picturesque where lyrical lines brush their limit breath taken away ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ V. S. Naipaul (1932-2018) At the house of Mr. Biswas we'd evesdrop: a bond between us. On moonless nights like this, I swear we had a light leading us there. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Anmolpreet Kaur

Tue 23rd Jun 2020 12:51

Hey Adam sorry to disappoint you but i would like if you could review my other work as well.
And i will admire if you judge truly just like you did with a mighty word.

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John Marks

Mon 15th Jun 2020 23:13

Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose-garden. My words echo
Thus, in your mind.
But to what purpose
Disturbing the dust on a bowl of rose-leaves
I do not know. BURNT NORTON

Thank you Adam for your support. Eliot was, and is, right. Poetry is not cut up prose and doesn't enter our minds, hearts and souls by the same route prose takes.

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David Cooke

Sat 23rd May 2020 13:27

Hi Adam Glad you liked my Joni poem! I bet you picked up the reference to the Blue album in the middle stanzas.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Fri 15th May 2020 16:39

Hi, Adam,I really enjoyed your excellent comment on 'VE Day, 2020'. And I've considered it a lot. I finally think it was the 'sound element' that dictated the word order, the slight 'mmm' of both words beginning and ending the 'idea', almost like a bracket, kind of a 'thoughtful' sound. 'War'' is a difficult vocallization to start a line. But that order has more 'elegance', I absolutely agree. Not to mention correct grammar.


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Fri 24th Apr 2020 20:35

Thank you so much for your comment on my poem! I'm new to the site so really appreciate the support 😊

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Sun 29th Mar 2020 17:07

At the Graveside - thanks for looking in Adam. 👍

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Sat 1st Feb 2020 22:53

Thanks for looking in on Wartime Merseyside Adam. Appreciated. P. 👍

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sun 3rd Dec 2017 16:05

That quotation of T.S. Elliot is superb.

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Dave D Poet Rhumour

Sat 25th Nov 2017 20:53

Hello Adam, thanks for reading and liking 'If It Started This Christmas', much appreciated. Dave

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Adam Whitworth

Wed 16th Aug 2017 00:43

Hi Richard,

Yes I did like The Last Train and I'd be keen to read more of your poetry. There is a wide variety of poetry on this site to enjoy and some of it is even pretty good!

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Richard Hartley

Tue 15th Aug 2017 13:11

Hi Adam
Thankyou for 'Liking' my poem ('The Last Train').
I confess that I was wondering whether anybody on this website ever read the poems written and presented by others from outside their usual orbit!
You have re-assuerd me - thankyou.

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