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Wed 4th May 2016 21:03
Do you perform or just write?
Comment is about We're off to Never never land - Paracetamol, cucumber sandwiches and the Lost rent boy (blog)
Original item by Matt
Wed 4th May 2016 21:00
You dirty dog, Sherwood!
Comment is about For Fuck Sake (blog)
Original item by Graham Sherwood
Wed 4th May 2016 20:46
Thanks for reading and commenting. I do not purposely give short comments but if I feel you have seen the snapshot through the words what else can I say and ask for. Thank you x
Comment is about Cigarette Burns (blog)
Wed 4th May 2016 20:37
Good stuff JC. I'm all for staying in if only for the political stability it brought.
Those for Brexit are to me like those sad antisocial neighbours who surround their properties with giant conifers.
Comment is about SHOULD WE STAY OR SHOULD WE GO? (blog)
Original item by John Coopey
Wed 4th May 2016 20:03
You've made me want to shout "jump on your bicycle and peddle" but the handlebars are turned and locked to just go round in a circle, with no forward and no reverse.
Comment is about Cycle (blog)
Original item by Wolfgar
Wed 4th May 2016 19:58
So can we say with certainty, MC, what the trade arrangement with Europe would be if we left?
Wed 4th May 2016 19:32
Oooooh he's a dark one. Its the small things.... Like it david. Thank you. x
Wed 4th May 2016 18:22
JC - Happy to discuss.
My idea of the future does not find itself at ease with
your own. We have a past to compare it with & I fear
"the hidden axe" when it comes to what is likely to occur
if any "Remain" vote wins and there's no going back about
anything that is precious to us.
Wed 4th May 2016 18:04
Having experienced many elections in my eighty six years, I'm just grateful the human race is a little more civilized these days in the ways of exploitation. The basic principle of creatures eating one another for survival has not and never will change. It's just the way we go about it now.(in the nicest possible way) I throughout my life without exception have never noticed any significant change to the quality of life for the man in the street subsequent to a change of administration no matter the shade. For most
life is too short to notice any of the super, protracted improvements there might have been. "It's Gods fault"
Comment is about Universal Suffrage (blog)
Original item by terry ireland
Wed 4th May 2016 15:40
Topicality apart. Nothing of outstanding merit an unremarkable commentary of a very tragic event
Comment is about 'Airways, Breathing, Circulation' by Peter Knaggs is Poem of the Week (article)
Original item by Greg Freeman
Wed 4th May 2016 15:17
Sometimes the only response that can be given...sigh ;)
Comment is about Your emptiness (blog)
Original item by Maria
Wed 4th May 2016 14:07
Thanks Ray, much appreciated.
Comment is about Of Meters and Men (blog)
Wed 4th May 2016 13:45
At least they can be voted out in a general election -
and out elsewhere in more local elections.
The most important vote comes on June 23rd...when
democracy itself is at risk for us here in the UK.
Wed 4th May 2016 12:48
Thanks chicken! Am ridiculously excited about it haha :D
Ooo you called yourself a southerner!! There's no going back after that you know :p
Thanks so much xx
Comment is about Helen (poet profile)
Original item by Helen
Wed 4th May 2016 12:07
gadzooks! certainly is verily smitten by Shakespearian influences and doth tell of the quills power
when clasped by the hand that belongs to the heart
that knoweth well of treachery!
in other words Stef-WOWSERS!
Comment is about Duping the duper (blog)
Original item by Patricia and Stefan Wilde
Wed 4th May 2016 11:57
'bidderbin' was another one much enjoyed Matt.
Alem Hailu G/Kristos
Wed 4th May 2016 11:54
Yes you are right such feedbacks spur poets like me to fight injustice across the globe.You see lately I have joined a group Poets Unite Worldwide!
Comment is about Liberating the mind before the land (blog)
Original item by Alem Hailu G/Kristos
Wed 4th May 2016 11:52
one hopes this poem has no true actuality to it J.J.
well written though.
Comment is about punch bag (blog)
Original item by Jemima Jones
Wed 4th May 2016 11:17
Thank you elpintor. I wish they could find peace. I don't object to the state of Israel, but their tactics are an obscenity.
Comment is about Warsaw 1944 Ghetto (blog)
Original item by Phil Kay
Wed 4th May 2016 11:10
Tough humorous truthful and from the heart. Thank you Terry.
Wed 4th May 2016 01:16
I read this piece when you put it up a couple of days ago..it's very compelling and I feel I can't refrain from commenting..
I saw a movie several months ago..a very touching story that I feel references the delicacies of the relationships between these two peoples..
It is called "A Bottle In The Gaza Sea"..
Wed 4th May 2016 00:40
Pity the character in the piece didn't get his/her arse into gear earlier perhaps more lives would have been saved. Also the mention of fans milling about- the fans did more to save lives than the ambulance staff and police combined (Remember the hoardings?)
Tue 3rd May 2016 22:07
Thanks Thomas. Just playing with words really !
Comment is about O C D (blog)
Original item by ray pool
Tue 3rd May 2016 21:29
This stylised soliloquoy is great and it does reveal the fascination of the depths of Shakespeare; very enjoyable. Ray
Comment is about sleep (blog)
Original item by Martin Elder
Tue 3rd May 2016 21:25
Exquisite fluid use of simple words in a masterful description of something so familiar. It almost feels like a meditation. Nice to read you in this frame of mind.
Comment is about Head In Hands (blog)
Original item by Ian Whiteley
Tue 3rd May 2016 21:21
A really effective treatment of an everyday gesture with consequences to consider , deep layers of possibility, and your captivating short lines. Ray x
Tue 3rd May 2016 21:17
I am intrigued by this poem P&S. It has all the hallmarks of Shakespeare's skill to present ideas and it is glorious for me.
Tue 3rd May 2016 21:13
A very original take on a meter and it reminds me of the metronome which has a duty to perform. Always a skew on ideas as you express them, to your credit and thought provoking. Those old meters were like hunched creatures requiring feeding in the semi dark!
Tue 3rd May 2016 21:07
This feels like a knife edge Jemima. You ride the crest of worry and it all seems like a vision . I wonder how you would react if this happened in front of you. But of course the sadness is often concealed from us by cowards. The last line is especially poignant.
Tue 3rd May 2016 21:03
a lovely vignette , a moment sweeping in on a nostalgic sunset. I can't help thinking of the Edward Hopper corner diner with the lights on.
Comment is about diner (blog)
Original item by Stuart Buck
Tue 3rd May 2016 20:33
Hey hun, just read your update. Congrats on the book. I will buy it! Wish I could be at your launch but us southerners don't venture to anywhere north of Brum lol x
Comment is about Laura Taylor (poet profile)
Original item by Laura Taylor
Tue 3rd May 2016 20:28
Wonderful. This really moved me. Some really beautiful lines and excellent imagery throughout :)
Comment is about Sea Dreams (blog)
Original item by Pixievic
Tue 3rd May 2016 20:02
It is meant to be light hearted, but there are some questions tucked in there. Of course she is the Laureate which is deserving of respect, whilst I am a mere scrawler..so she can't be all bad.
Many thanks Stu,
Tue 3rd May 2016 19:58
My own thoughts, MC, are that there is no future in going back.
The one certainty in all the arguments on both sides is that I know what Stay looks like. I haven't a clue (and neither does anyone else) what Leave looks like.
Tue 3rd May 2016 19:43
Just daft stuff, but thanks for the feedback, much appreciated. Anyway, back to my cuppa...
Comment is about A mugging (blog)
Original item by Andy Smyth
Tue 3rd May 2016 19:38
Having noted your comments, I had a look through for "Retriever". Made me bark with laughter.
Also enjoyed your "lost shoe" poem (spelling mistakes and all). Reminded me of moving to a new area at age 13 (Dad's fault) and starting a new school where I knew absolutely no-one. Spent all morning on the loo before Dad dropped me off at school. I didn't lose my shoe, but it pretty much felt like I had. God. Memories of growing up, so painful, yet, now, quite inspirational as far as verse goes (it was still Dad's fault).
My poem - "Fragment of a tree" has the same sentiment but not the impact of yours, so well done my man, Enjoyed it. Wrote mine yonks ago, so not trying to steal your thunder or dig up those carefully hidden bones...
I feel the sting of your harsh rebuke
I sense your annoyance and dripping disapproval
Rather than rudely sticking out my tongue
And legging it, I stand to face the music
I adopt what I think is my best plaintive, hang-dog, expression
Slowly lower my eyes and dip my head in shame
Whatever I think, I can’t argue too much
We both know who wears the trousers around here
Understand who is the master, who takes the lead
Who puts the roof over our head, dinner on the plate
But I do feel, for once, you’ve been a bit short-sighted
You probably should have seen this coming
I don’t think I should really take all of the blame
After all, we’ve been here before
And when you lobbed that gnarled fragment of a tree
Right into the middle of the slowly meandering river
Let’s face it, you were always going to get wet
When I lovingly brought it back,
Dropped it expectantly at your feet
And vigorously shook off the excesses of the river.
Comment is about Andy Smyth (poet profile)
Tue 3rd May 2016 19:08
Too true mate. I have to go to the Dentist tomorrow at 10:00 am for a filling, then have an interview at 14:00 for a Local Government Authority in which I have to give a 15 minutes (timed, then told to stop) Powerpoint presentation on how to digitise Local Government... Then on to the 1 hour F2F interview.
I am looking forward to the Dentist.
But if I can (and I don't know if I can yet), perform a meaningless PP presentation for 15 mins in front of a stern faced panel trying to stay awake, then why should a 2 minute Poem/verse/made-up-crappy-thing present a problem? Who knows. Tell you tomorrow!
Tue 3rd May 2016 18:51
This has a great rhythm to it. Keep up the great work. There was a lot of emotion, and it invoked a lot of intentional imagery. I really enjoyed this
Tue 3rd May 2016 18:49
Tue 3rd May 2016 18:30
I know exactly how this feels. Thank you for putting this pain into words, and keep up the creativity. Create something beautiful when bad things happen. It's the ultimate way to appreciate that self destructive emotion, and convert it into a positive passion.
Comment is about Divorce=Loss (blog)
Original item by Richard Alfred
Tue 3rd May 2016 17:59
Time to smooth out the kinks? :-)
At the time of the decision over joining the "European
Community" in 1975, the Treasurer of the "Yes" campaign
is reported to have said:
"The whole thrust of our campaign was to depict the
anti-Marketeers as unreliable people - dangerous people
who would lead you down the wrong path. It wasn't
so much that it was sensible to stay in, but that
anybody who proposed that we came out was off their rocker or virtually a Marxist".
Fast-forward to the present administration and Cameron's description of today's "antis" as loonies and
fruitcakes. Does that approach seem familiar?
Now - define the difference between "free trade" and
"harmonisation" (EC choice) - in meaning and cost.
Finally, outside the EU, a place with the World Trade
Organisation presents itself; inside the EU, it does not.
As for the process employed to get us this far:
I remember the deceit, then the denial, then the
dissembling, then finally the decision - as originally
planned! This is NOT OUR WAY and now we can
act - with far more knowledge and awareness than
we had previously - to get our bearings and our
Tue 3rd May 2016 17:17
Wow thanks chaps :)) -
Graham thank you - I started writing this while listening to a cello piece - it stuck with me!
Jemima - thank you so much I'm glad you liked it!
Stu ...... praise indeed! I'm glad you stuck with it! It's not my normal style I thought I'd give it a go - so Thank you indeed xx
Tue 3rd May 2016 17:09
Our Guest Poet Patrick Bond prizewinning poet from Lewes. Patrick has years of experience as a poet and reader, and student of John Clare, as well as nine years as a Forest Worker. Winner of the 2013 Torriano Poetry Competition
Review is about The Poetry cafe on 11 May 2016 (event)
Tue 3rd May 2016 16:59
A harrowing piece Alem. It's awfulness came through after several readings. Tommy
Comment is about The better evil (revised) (blog)
Tue 3rd May 2016 16:43
Comment is about Psycho-babble, doggy paddle (blog)
Original item by Peter Ray
Tue 3rd May 2016 16:39
Thank you Martin, Graham and Peter. Means a lot to me.
Comment is about Ego (blog)
Tue 3rd May 2016 15:47
I really like this, Trevor. I love the last line especially :)
Comment is about I Thought I Knew You (blog)
Original item by Trevor Alexander
Tue 3rd May 2016 15:46
I think that the country are with you on that one Sian. ;-))
Comment is about Sian Bird (poet profile)
Original item by Sian Bird
Tue 3rd May 2016 14:16
cheers ray! to be called hitchcockian is quite a thing.
Comment is about the jackdaws... (blog)
this is really good. my wife made me watch that film and i think this poem has more creative merit. maybe the book is better...
Comment is about Is The Fault In Us? (blog)
Original item by Abi Thomson
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