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Richie Muster

Updated: 11 days ago

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Hi. I'm back on here after a 7 yr hiatus. I've been living the life of a hermit since 2012, after having my heart broken. So this is me coming out of my shell, hopefully to meet friends, have some poems read and to get out a bit more. I'm deleting the old poems and uploading a few new ones. I hope you like them.

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7-UP: MOMENTS IN ETERNITY #6 (CHRISTINE) We didn’t know what went where; we were both sixteen, and she was a virgin, just like me. I loved her copper-red hair. What she saw in me, who knows, but I used to think she chose me just because I chose her. SNIPPET: SURE THING Who put the man in manager? Given half a chance, a man, I’d wager.

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M.C. Newberry

Sun 26th May 2013 17:43

I'm not sure I'm with the "right wing" or "left wing" view of poetry but I certainly suspect that the absence of rhymed poems indicates a worrying absence of the commitment to the discipline and command of the language that this type of writing requires to be done well. "Free" verse certainly has its appeal IF done well but it can often be a framework for sloppy, inaccurate and and unattractive use of the language.
As for competitions these days: like tends to follow like - and, as in other areas of creative endeavour, those who may lack the qualities I have described are very likely to go for the sort of stuff they themselves write. I remember the late famous script-writer Barry Took roundly criticising the BBC for its tendency to settle for the lowest common denominator (as he saw it) in such matters...noting again "like follows like". Quality is hard to define but we all know it when we see it, even if some prefer to ignore it for unscrupulous (professional/competitive?) reasons!
But - in time - the wheel turns.

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John Coopey

Sun 19th May 2013 23:16

Hello RM,
Glad you liked my latest contribution to the cultural and literary encyclopaedia of sheds entitled, "Your First Hut is the Cheapest".

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Isobel

Mon 13th May 2013 21:50

LOL - everything you've said would be supported by very many people on WOL. You should check out the discussion thread on 'sentimentality', which wandered down that very same route.

There are the right wing extremists who believe that free verse isn't poetry, there are the left wing extremists who believe that ancient rules strangle the essence of poetry and there are the liberals, who believe that knowledge of rules is preferable, even if they aren't adhered to...

Those classifications are just me poking fun of course. There are probably plenty more you could think up. I've written a few poems in strictly metred format. I enjoyed them as an exercise but like to try my hand at free verse now. It's incredibly hard for me to do free verse though. My musical ear want it to flow - and it's a lot harder to write flowing poetry without rhyme - which leads me to abandoning lots of poems.

Rhyming poetry doesn't seem to win many poetry comps though, if you take a look around at what is flavour of the day... Not that that bothers me cos I don't enter them - it's just an indication of where contemporary poetry is going.

Best get off before I end up writing an essay :)

stella jones

Sat 27th Apr 2013 01:40

Thanks Martin..I have made those little adjustments and now I think I am happy with it..

Moi melancholy? gerroff! Just a misery guts at times!

:)

stella jones

Thu 28th Mar 2013 23:21

Bout a car innit?..For the Comp.. Inanimate Object lol..think if I had added furry dice in there it would have been easier to understand?..Pleased you enjoyed nevertheless :) x

stella jones

Sat 11th Aug 2012 20:04

overandever I like that!.. :)

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Tommy Carroll

Thu 9th Aug 2012 23:35

thank you for the post Richie you have lit a fuse of a dozen interesting subjects- and as for radio- I have put mine in the cupboard (I usually listen to BBC radio 3-4-4x-5-6-and 7)and both radios usually on all day/night one up stairs one in kitchen- the house is now like a morgue and TV is only on for a spankingly good film.

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John Coopey

Mon 23rd Jul 2012 21:08

Hello MP
Glad you liked Out of Wine - a biographical pastiche of the impenetrable Mrs C.

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Laura Taylor

Mon 23rd Jul 2012 09:20

Morning chuck

Cheers for your note on Purple. Tbh, I slapped it out on the page and didn't spend anywhere near the amount of time on it as I would a more seriuz pome, hence the sloppy rhyming. I wrote it really cos I just wanted to perform it sometime, and intend on doing the first two lines in the second verse in a Cooper Clarke drawl :D

Haha - yep, nice bit of brown in the afternoon following by a nod int rocking chair eh? Sounds fab :D

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M.C. Newberry

Mon 16th Jul 2012 23:17

Treasonous? Hardly. A perfect world? Nope!
The Police Service is drawn from the people and there are numerous less public examples why this country is lucky in both - and occasionally some when that is abundantly clear. Utopia means "ideally perfect but impracticable". It cannot apply to every officer anymore than it can to humanity in the wider context, political or otherwise. There are those who condemn with fierce outrage less perfect souls who have obtained authority when they behave less than perfectly. Checks and balances exist to counteract that culpability. But did you know that the EU desire a police service IMMUNE from complaint for anything done in the course of its duty - or that this was voted against by the UK police service?
Milk the bile if you like but poetry isn't the best conduit for rational or fully informed thinking.

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John Coopey

Mon 16th Jul 2012 21:26

'Ey up, old fruity.
Glad you liked In The Grotto. I believe it was one of Elvis's favourites too!

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Tommy Carroll

Sun 8th Jul 2012 15:46

Hi Martin- I do use bastardizations of Hunteresque quotes-or is that a tautology? yes I think it is- I have read much of his work and found his style infectious. Funny, I watched several of his interviews (with Australian media)the night before last!
ps Hunter quote sorted

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Laura Taylor

Wed 20th Jun 2012 11:32

Howdy chuck

Ta very much for your note on The Process...I'm glad it's struck such a chord with everyone :)

Yeh, interesting thing that Artists Reward. Sometimes I find the only way I can put a 'remove' between reading the fucking thing 70 times and still being fresh enough to make important editing decisions is to leave it several days in between each edit. And of course a little wine and smoke helps with that too ;D

Ooo yeh, when it comes together - there's no buzz like it is there?! :D

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John Coopey

Thu 31st May 2012 17:14

Thanks for your comment on The Three Hulats, Martin. A hulat, rather disappointingly, is a young owl.

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Yvonne Brunton

Wed 30th May 2012 12:06

Thanks for you comment on 'Nuclear Cradle Song' There is an audio link at the top of it ( I hope) XX

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Laura Taylor

Wed 23rd May 2012 11:54

Brilliant! You got it! Prism in Shade works brilliantly as a title!! Thank you :D and yes, that's what I meant. Without the light, all the beauty is lost - it's potentially there, but you need the light to see it :)

Ta cocker!

stella jones

Tue 24th Apr 2012 13:02

ello and sorry to have been so long in replying..my head is full of half lines that just won't join together lol...and yes I doodle of sorts..I work with wax and also do floristry..(I am a very, very mature student struggling with a diploma a present lol) I am sure the words will arrive eventually..

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Yvonne Brunton

Fri 20th Apr 2012 20:58

Thanks for the lovely comment on The Newberry-Dye-bypass.
A wonderful bird is the pelican
His beak can hold more than his belly can.
He can hold in that beak
Enough food for a week,
but I do not know how the Hell'e can. XX

stella jones

Fri 13th Apr 2012 20:22

Hiya RM..Thanks for the comments on my last two...and to be honest I am struggling like mad to write any decent stuff at all...It is like the want is there but the words fail me and it is a horrible feeling...sighs big time..

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Laura Taylor

Wed 11th Apr 2012 10:44

Ta for y'note on Writing in Fire chuck, glad you enjoyed it. Will be working on performing it soon I hope but it needs a LOT of breath!

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Patricia and Stefan Wilde

Tue 10th Apr 2012 13:43

Your little paper boat has just docked.
Expect its return a.s.a.p...

merci d'etre mon ami.xx

stella jones

Fri 30th Mar 2012 19:21

Awww RM....I feel as if commenting in the way I did I have perhaps spoiled some of your time..Who am I to know anything much..but when I read that the said bloke had argued to push his point home (pardon the pun)..now that made my blood boil for yer see I believe many are greatly influenced by what others say as it takes a very strong character indeedy to ignore advice/crit if you respect the person it is coming from..me??..I have changed a write because of crit from others who I respect (meaning I respect their writing) and found that it changes out of all recognition as one of 'mine.?' Dya know what I mean here?..

Now to writing groups..I think you have hit the said nail on the head with a big hammer when you mention the peeps there should be properly interested in all forms of writing, that type of interest is genuine and I would think a lot of good could come out of a session like that...but to put doubts in anothers mind...to slash their work oh dear me..I have wondered that if something happened to me like that would I have the guts to get up and say 'sod you' and carry on as if nothing had been said. Of course there is constructive crit, but still it has to come from someone that you respect as a writer..well I think so.

I was surprised by your asking for comments on your write RM because, well because I just didn't 'see' you in my minds eys loosing any sleep over what that bloke said..and that is probably why the said multiple iiii's happened for if you enjoyed writing the piece, if you thought that it said something..then who the heck am I or anyone else to dis it?..He argued..he did not say or give any good advice..that, I am sure is not what a writers group is for..well I bloody hope not..

It is such a shame that you live too far away to enjoy an open mike night..I expect when you run them yourself they were wonderful evenings..and I guess that after a time they lost their appeal too..soooo where do we go eh?..when we are at the stage you speak of?..Many times I have wished to be in my first year of writing (been writing for about twelve years now) Even if most of it was trite trash..at least it was fresh and new to me and I was full of words and ideas..annnnd I didn't bash myself up if I couldn't get it 'just so.' Have I made any sense at all?..probably not..I do hope you shake that group up out of its rut and that it goes on a strength..good luck :)) x

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John Coopey

Thu 29th Mar 2012 23:02

Now then, MP.
I hope life's picked up a bit for you.
Glad you liked "Dear Marge".

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John Coopey

Sun 25th Mar 2012 23:42

Thanks for yer thoughts on "Talkin' Brown Ale Blues". I thought it was too acidic for me then (40 years ago); these days it would go through me like that Alien.

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M.C. Newberry

Sat 24th Mar 2012 15:06

Hello again - good advice whould always be
properly considered and I have given my poem
"TERRORIST" a new name: "THE DEVIL'S DISCIPLE",
which I think suits the theme without involving
"religion" as such.
Thanks.

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 23rd Mar 2012 22:14

Good point about the title "TERRORIST". I also
understand the "freedom fighter" pitch but I
believe that can only gain any justification in
places where the democratic election process does not exist and tyranny rules...and then we
know the fanaticism that permeates the mindset
of those who believe they are justified
committing slaughter in the context of THEIR aims. Sadly, every great cause attracts
that sort - as we have seen across the Irish Sea, for example.

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Patricia and Stefan Wilde

Mon 19th Mar 2012 21:24

Thanks Martin
re the naivety thingy
keep ones eye on your inbox!.
But above all-keep ROCKING!xx

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Nick Clifton

Mon 19th Mar 2012 20:33

Much appreciate comments on Life In Couplets, duly noted and addressed. I don't recommend putting stuff up in the early hours of the morning if they have not been checked out during daylight, living, hours. Ta muchly, Nick.

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John Coopey

Thu 8th Mar 2012 09:31

Muster! What ho!
I got the boys (JP and RP) round to do a retake of their original but they spent so long going to the toilet that I had to do the bloody thing myself.

stella jones

Tue 28th Feb 2012 17:48


You know summat?...sometimes over-editing ruins the feel of the piece..and I think that is what I have done..so shoved it back to what it was with just a couple of tweaks and I am going to perfrom this tonight so keep yer fingers crossed lol..Ta for the wise words because I didnt want it to be two poems. :))

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