'Log In*' by Laura Taylor is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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This week's Poem of the Week is 'Log In*' by Laura Taylor, a wonderful reflection on a life as seen through both the physical memories held and the clever device of internet security. Laura has created both a moving tribute to the way we remember those we have encountered in life, be it a box of memories under the bed or the password to an online account and the final line is a stroke of utter genius.

 

Below, Laura answers our Q&A:

 

Where do you look most for inspiration for your poetry?

It comes to me more often than I look for it, if you see what I mean. A line, phrase, idea. Although sometimes I like to use prompts from either competitions or Napowrimo.



Apart from poetry, what is one book you would recommend everyone to read?

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. As relevant today as it was back then, and beautifully written.



What’s your favourite style of poetry?  Do you favour the constraints of sonnets and villanelle or the freedom of free-verse?

I'm rubbish at form poetry. Can do a decent haiku but that's about it! Free verse I suppose. 


If you could give one piece of writing advice to people, what would it be?

Keep trying to improve, never lose your inner critic. 



What do you look for most in a poem?

Does it make my head sway, with ideas or sonics or intelligence?

 

Log In*

by Laura Taylor

 

You’re not supposed to write it down

but I do because it’s you within

the market stalls, summoning aromas, bars,

brawls, and all the girls you bought

you said were called Rose.

 

A salty dog legacy; inherited protection.

It’s logged within your history,

existed well before me, the internet,

or Civvy Street.

Now it lives in echoes

in a box beneath the bed,

catching dust instead of breath.

 

Even ‘til the end, you were 21 again,

telling and retelling, embellishing

unconsciously; truth became fable,

myth, became passwords,

indelible, inked in the mark of a man

with his tongue ever relishing the taste

of his salad days

$ingapore1966*

 

 

 

* Your password must contain at least one special character.

 

 

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Laura Taylor

Fri 26th Jul 2019 10:25

Thanks again, jennifer and trev

jennifer Malden

Wed 24th Jul 2019 13:58

Well deserved Laura! Really original device to use security. One can almost see the person you describe. Loved 'all the girls you said were called Rose!

Jennifer

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trevor homer

Wed 24th Jul 2019 13:53

'Password must contain at least one special character' - [as should our lives]. Congratulations on POTW Laura.
Trevor

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Laura Taylor

Wed 24th Jul 2019 12:31

Thanks once again all.

I hope you'll be very happy here Adam 😃 I certainly wouldn't have written the amount that I have done without being a member of this place and benefitting from the general support and encouragement.

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Adam Rabinowitz

Wed 24th Jul 2019 06:08

I just made a profile on this site and was so happy to read yours and others' poems. My favorite line is:

indelible, inked in the mark of a man

with his tongue ever relishing the taste

of his salad days

I hope you win the competition you mentioned entering.

Adam

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john short

Tue 23rd Jul 2019 13:30

Hi Laura

This is a very good poem. I especially liked "now it lives in echoes in a box beneath the bed" fabulous. Well-deserved POTW.

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Mae Foreman

Mon 22nd Jul 2019 19:13

Hi Laura! As I said previously very well-deserved and may I say, the woman in your profile picture kinda looks like Meryl Streep, is that you? Irrelevant! Sorry! I've read and re-read your piece many times! It's extraordinary, not a single doubt you deserved POTW! Completely new, raw stuff!
Congratulations again! 🎈
Mae

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Laura Taylor

Mon 22nd Jul 2019 09:09

Many thanks everyone.

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Martin Elder

Sun 21st Jul 2019 18:29

I try to write down as much as I can about the past now. Although |I use a computer I still prefer everything being in hard copy if I can.
An excellent poem Laura
love it

congratulations on POTW


Martin

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Jon Stainsby

Sun 21st Jul 2019 12:30

Congratulations Laura

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keith jeffries

Sat 20th Jul 2019 13:01

Laura,

Congratulations and well deserved for a highly imaginative poem.

Keith

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Peter Taylor

Sat 20th Jul 2019 10:59

Hi Laura, really liked this one: It's clever (but not too clever) and profound at the same time. Thank you for this excellent piece.

Peter T

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kJ Walker

Sat 20th Jul 2019 07:19

Hi Laura. Congratulations on being awarded POTW. It was well deserved.
We all post on WOL for the same reason, and that is to get our work out there and read by as many people as possible. As the week goes on these posts move further and further down the list and become more difficult to find.
Not-so the POTW, that stays the first thing that you see when you log onto the site, and remains so for a whole week. It's a nice accolade to receive, and it's ridiculous for anyone to suggest that you shouldn't accept it.
I don't see POTW as a competition, but even if it was, what's wrong with that? People do enter poetry into competitions. It's another way to get your work out there.

Sorry for rambling.
What I meant to say was congratulations, loved the poem.

Cheers Kevin

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Wolfgar Miere

Fri 19th Jul 2019 14:40

Laura I am extremely happy,

Ironic that you manage to do exactly what you are accusing me of in your own comment whilst not addressing a single question I present, clever that..well maybe to those who don't really notice.

I recall a recent comment you made to a new and probably rather fragile contributor in which there was an underlying criticism. I did actually defend your position on that interaction, but I also did so in order to show a little support to the contributor you were addressing, she was extremely grateful for my support but had actually contemplated departing the site because of what was said, imagine that.

I have congratulated you on your PoTW award, is it too much to ask that you be happy about that?

I'm simply asking quite reasonable questions which you seem to be avoiding. I did suspect you might so I'm not shocked or surprised.

I would like to again affirm my happiness and joy at being able to share my opinions on this open and welcoming forum, and assure all who might be interested that I am a very happy person indeed.

Congrats again Laura,

David

PS, a quick review of my huge back catalogue of comments to hundreds of WOL'ers will identify that the greatest percentage of my considered and measured interactions are of a positive and encouraging nature, also they are unrelentingly honest.

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Laura Taylor

Fri 19th Jul 2019 13:53

Cheers all 😃

I only blogged this cos I was putting it in for a comp and wanted some feedback, heh.

Do you think you'll ever be able to make a comment without a barb or three in it David? Or ever actually feel happy, I mean, really happy?

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Wolfgar Miere

Thu 18th Jul 2019 23:19

Well done Laura..I believe the award is well deserved within its parameters.

I would ask though what happened to the preceding week? (not that you should know the answer to that question)

I might offer that I am surprised a woman of your impeccable ethical background accepts an award which see's artists set against each other in competition, (what about solidarity?) yes I know many will contest that...but truth is that is how some see it..Jesus, just look at the carnivores...necks slick with slam spittle.

I qualify this by asking what is it that constitutes a PoTW and how does it come into existence...without knowing that process it is difficult to quantify its significance or value, so in real terms it has none.

And yes I have been a recipient of PoTW..without question I would not accept its award under current circumstances.

David.

But well done, sincerely...

Now watch the eager saddle up their ponies.

"Questions only matter if and when they're the right ones"

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Devon Brock

Thu 18th Jul 2019 23:05

Well deserved, Laura. "Even to the end, you were 21 again". Dressing on the "salad days". And BTW - the double fist of love!

D

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John Marks

Thu 18th Jul 2019 20:57

Well-penned Laura. I love the way you precis the whole process of fabrication, as we invent and reinvent our lives - brevity is the soul of wit!

telling and retelling, embellishing

unconsciously; truth became fable,

myth, became passwords,

indelible, inked in the mark of a man

John

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Mae Foreman

Thu 18th Jul 2019 16:32

Bold! Loved it! Congratulations ! 🎈
Mae

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