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Wendy

Wed 28th Oct 2015 09:26

Thankyou Laura for showing support and understanding Wendy .

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Ian Whiteley

Sun 18th Oct 2015 19:17

thanks for the kind comments on 'Don't Pay the Poets' Laura - of course I knew you'd 'get it', particularly after our chat ;-). That being said, I've been paid a couple of times recently - so maybe there's a light at the end of the metaphor
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raypool

Sat 10th Oct 2015 18:41

HI Laura. Just wanted to let you know I have invoked the spirits of fire by lighting up the log burner for the first time this year - as it is bloody cold down here!

I shall watch compass north for smoke signals.


Ray

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raypool

Fri 9th Oct 2015 14:35

Thanks Laura, I'm glad that Millpond Bridge was a good' un. I really tried to be precise and concise while keeping the atmosphere. People seem to like a tale .. maybe it's my metier.

xx

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raypool

Fri 25th Sep 2015 15:30

I think you're really lucky to get anywhere near an original primeval taste of nature - the elements should get you there, plus of course the lovely fella!

I got my saw from B&Q for £80 with the charger - ok for your small stuff, but its slow and silly. What you need is a lopping axe and a mask to scare people off. (Except me of course). regards ray

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raypool

Thu 24th Sep 2015 17:00

That all sounds delightful Laura - very middle earth. Although we have meagre funds, the access to Surrey woods is limited to walking dogs and 4X4 family bonding with health and safety uppermost. No chance of me wading about with the chainsaw, although I do have a cordless one! Ok for light jobs. Sorry to be boring, but do you not season yours before consigning them to the flames? Outdoors it doesn't matter anyway, but we have a log burner, so we're only playing at it! About £60 so far - but then don't forget the cost of the wine!
Yes I altered a word near the end and you spotted it, and thanks. I thought it was pivotal .

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raypool

Wed 23rd Sep 2015 15:22

Thanks so much for your blisteringly good comments re the Log Man. Fulsome praise from a reliable source!
The primitive pleasure remains the most sublime . I just collected my winter's logpile from the man described. He is worthy of a tribute, surrounded by prepared piles of different woods for the asking. (like a sweet shop in a way). bloody hard work to load and unload but I'm now done and what a great way to relax responding to you.
You couldn't invent a better scenario.
cheers, Laura.

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Stu Buck

Wed 23rd Sep 2015 14:15

you really are too kind!

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raypool

Fri 11th Sep 2015 10:53

HI Laura, I'm enjoying this to and fro. As Freddie Mercury might have said: we are the thinkers. For me it's quite a new thing to lay out my thoughts on to the trestle table of public scrutiny. In that challenge lies a sort of recollection of youth misspent, so I am living it out now. Could that be an elixir in itself? I think so, although in the way an actor dons a cloak etc. Keep all mirrors well clear, probably a good idea.

Memories of age like ripe fruit need to be fed and there the analogy ends, as it falls off the bough eventually!

Cynthia has commented too on the tram poem, she has been helpful , so I am in the pink at the moment.
regards, Ray

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Thu 10th Sep 2015 16:39

Laura, re: 'Reading the Sign' - the diverse interpretations are amazing. I still think you understood what I meant; but maybe not. Maybe I don't understand what I meant, although I thought I did when the words just flowed through my head and hands.

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raypool

Thu 10th Sep 2015 14:29

Thanks Laura - largely thanks to your inspiration. It's such a thrill when you can focus up a mental image with clarity. Ayethangyow..

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raypool

Thu 10th Sep 2015 12:12

I've done it now Laura: "to reverse the rows of slatted seats." I think that is more understandable . There is no record that I could find about the procedure, so there it is. Thanks again.

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raypool

Thu 10th Sep 2015 11:13

THanks for all that encouragement; I take any comment as a compliment and yours especially as you wouldn't bother unless you were 100% sure of yourself I reckon.

Is there any other alternative to socialism that gives a fuck about people - I don't know of one. So it does matter - just give me an injection of youth I would be there.

I'll still try another line maybe in that cursed poem if I can do better. Maybe reverse rather than pull forward.
By the way did you know that the old trams had a small pierced screen half way up the staircase to block the view of ascending ladies in their voluminous skirts.!! owz about that?

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John Bastard

Thu 10th Sep 2015 01:06

hi laura
thank you for reading me.

'ballad of the bear trap' is a good example of a piece of yourself (well, myself in this case i guess) losing restraint to the author's original interpretation.

it is very surreal outside of the context of my own head. i kind of absent-mindedly typed it out on a 14 hour hazy-headed car ride, initially as a love letter but it kept going and turned into something a little bit bigger. mostly unconscious. the definition of anything according to me, especially in the exploration of all abstract things is not as important as what YOU, the reader, think it is. 'please teach me something about myself.'

i can tell you what i think it means though, if you like. :)

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Rebecca Miller

Tue 8th Sep 2015 01:29

Hi Laura, thanks for the comment on 'I Would'.

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Tom Harding

Fri 28th Aug 2015 12:09

Hey laura thanks for your comments on 'kitchen' it was my first poem in awhile so nice to get some nice feedback!

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Ian Whiteley

Tue 25th Aug 2015 16:08

thanks for the comments on 'a day in the life Laura' - sorry for delay in replying - been in catch up mode for a month!

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Stu Buck

Fri 14th Aug 2015 19:15

Great tips, thanks ever so much. I actually never rehearse, much to my detriment. I will start though. The breath thing I always do, but the practice slow idea is brilliant. I have a 15 minute slot at the Castle Inn in Manchester on Wednesday so will use the tips you have given me to blow them away!

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Stu Buck

Tue 11th Aug 2015 16:45

your youtube performances are fab! ive only just started doing open mics and its nerve wracking. you look like you dont suffer!

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Helen Elliott

Mon 29th Jun 2015 17:45

Hey, hey :)

Thanks for giving me a little push to read a formal piece. I read Her Scent on Silk at open mic last night. Went really well :) x

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Natalie Audoire

Mon 22nd Jun 2015 09:24

Hey Laura, just to let you know that I am having to delete my profile and change my name due to work/confidentiality/boundaries etc. I will message you when I am back up and running again as don't want to lost touch. :) x

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Helen Elliott

Sat 13th Jun 2015 21:10

Shit! The fact that I have already been blessed/cursed with an addictive personality is not going to do me any favours. Oh well. Bring it on I say lol ;) x

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andy n

Fri 12th Jun 2015 12:31

thanks for the comments, laura over my short little poem. This one is a short little poem this wrote for a friend to prove a point really but pleased you liked it. must admit i'm getting more and more into short short short poems nowadays so hopefully will be more to follow in this style soon.

hope you and bob are rocking and hope to see you both soon xx

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Graham Sherwood

Wed 10th Jun 2015 11:10

Koans come when you least expect them Laura. I was puzzling over the cult of celebrity actually and why/how people want to be "someone" on the world's stage, and how if they achieve some celebrity can they keep their selfness?

Me, I'm just happy to teach my sixteen-month old granddaughter to blow kisses.

Thank you for reading it Laura.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Tue 9th Jun 2015 12:01

Laura, thanks so much for reading 'Moon Month', and making such an encouraging comment. The first motivation was, in fact, many months after the death of a very dear friend. But the idea gained much more richness as I gave the whole concept some really deep thought.

I don't consider myself bold at all, just trying for a little female honesty, never sure whether I'm an oddball, but relatively certain that I'm not.

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Graham Sherwood

Fri 5th Jun 2015 14:43

Laura, just noticed your profile total. Are you having a party for your 30,000?

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Tommy Carroll

Fri 5th Jun 2015 14:36

f*****g brilliant response as they say in our house. Cheers Laura x

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Graham Sherwood

Wed 3rd Jun 2015 12:58

Laura, thank you for taking the time to read and comment on M-e-n-U. It is very much appreciated

Graham

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Lan

Sun 31st May 2015 13:02

Hey Laura, thanks for reading and commenting on Song for Imar, love the idea of the 'perfume of the survivor'.

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Helen Elliott

Thu 21st May 2015 19:29

Thanks for the advice. I will give it a go at the next open mic and see how it goes :) x

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Helen Elliott

Tue 19th May 2015 20:29

Just wanted to say thanks for your comments on 'Her Scent On Silk'. It's a poem about my mother and a memory that had been locked away for many years.

Also, I am a bit addicted the formal stuff lol I don't mind a bit of free verse but unlike you, I enjoy the restrictions of formal and I find sonnets in particular a bit addictive.

Can I ask though, do you hear much formal stuff being performed?? That worries me a bit. I've only just started reading my poetry at open mic nights but have yet to read a sonnet lol.

Helen

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Ian Whiteley

Wed 13th May 2015 18:55

Laura - you have SO 'got' 'Once Upon A Time' - it was literally me wandering from my home to the shops (in my head) on the street where I grew up. I kept it deliberately simply and 'moved' on to give the effect of fleetingly passing these places - so no time to really have a look at them - just impressions - and you picked that up quite brilliantly.
Thanks for commenting - pleased that you liked it :-)
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Lan

Sat 18th Apr 2015 05:09

HI Laura,
Please don't apologise for not having time to write long comments on my stuff - I'm pretty excited that you took the time to have a read and comment at all - so thanks :))

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Ian Whiteley

Mon 16th Mar 2015 18:58

thanks for the kind & supportive comments on 'wide is the gate...' Laura. I wrote it for a com petition on unrhymed couplets, so that suggested the form.
I know what you mean about the supernatural, but the example you quote was meant more as a play on 'inner demons' i.e his shadow had more life and energy than his body. cheers
Ian

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Natalie Audoire

Mon 16th Mar 2015 17:14

Glad to hear it Laura! The world needs more Queens! Thanks for the comment. :) x

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andy n

Mon 16th Mar 2015 12:56

thanks laura for the praise over ghost story ii - prologue 2, really pleased with this also as you may have guessed.

this will be part of napwrimo so let's see if i do this kind of quality over 30 days! lol

but thanks again - means a lot to me you like this xx

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Ian Whiteley

Thu 5th Mar 2015 19:33

aye up - thanks for the kind and supportive comments on 'Dexteram Patris' Laura. It's one I've been sitting on and couldn't get the tone quite right - and originally I was concentrating too much on the chair that's set apart - once I got he 'busted' line it clicked into place.
good spot with that full stop - I deliberately spaced those lines like that and then left the chuffing full stop in - aaghhh!
Appreciate your comments as always
Ian

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Graham Sherwood

Thu 5th Mar 2015 11:58

Laura, thank you for the kind words on Tartan Beret.
I've just been looking at some of your youtube clips (very impressive) how do you do it?

very best regards,

Graham

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Natalie Audoire

Thu 26th Feb 2015 10:43

Hi Laura. Glad you enjoyed and seemed to really understand Submarine Dream. It was actually a real dream that symbolised what was going on in real life for me. I get so much inspiration from my dreams...and from your poetry. Hope to read more from you soon. x

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Wed 25th Feb 2015 15:22

Hi, Laura,

Such a busy week it has been. and, finally, when I sit down to scope, my VODA account runs out beneath my fingers! But my husband donned his 'rainies' and sallied forth to the shop. (His phone refused to co-operate. Sometimes modernism just freaks me out.)

I do not think age equates wisdom - far from it. Experience might, but even then, not always. IMO, WISDOM asserts itself clearly at about age five, maybe earlier, six clearly, eight absolutely. After that, it is just application as needs be. The 'scope' may be expanded, but the 'power' remains inviolate, and frequently disturbing, for all your life.

End of rant! You are such an inspiration. And nothing makes me smile as much as you do.

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Natalie Audoire

Thu 12th Feb 2015 12:35

Hi Laura! Yes, unfortunately I did delete my profile. I won't bore you with the details of why but all I can say is I wish I hadn't! It was a right ballache to re-upload them all again! Done now though and sorry for the inundation (just made up a new word!). glad you are enjoying them. Enjoying reading yours as always! :) x

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Rose Casserley

Mon 9th Feb 2015 17:53

Holy shit Laura! I am chuffed to fuckery that the 'Motorway'audio didn't work,and the youtube link you gave me did.

Where the fuck have you been all my cardboard life!?

Dude,swear me in as a gobsmacked fan for life-
-asap!

Absolutely LOVED-'Radical Liverpool #2'!!!!!!!!

Re again the 'Motorway squawking'(which it most certainly wasn't,you golden throated,golden liquid swigger!)and all of your poetical history-
if sleepy Simon Armitage(as much as I love him)can get his fizzog on the box,what the eff are you doing second fiddling?

Fuck me stiff,every which way but loose,and bugger me bandy-YOU ROCK! x

(ps-try not to die before me..;0)

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andy n

Tue 27th Jan 2015 22:47

thanks Laura for your comment on 'the sermon..' thank you so so much for your praise which has made me blush a little but you are dead right, i am really proud of this one and if all goes to plan will be a feature piece shortly in a means to end pieces as both jeff and petrova love it also.

in the piece itself, it's one of those kind of pieces which has brewing for a few years and i enjoyed writing it big style.

thanks again. see you soon xx

andy x

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Ann Foxglove

Mon 22nd Dec 2014 06:11

Hi Laura - thanks for the lovely comments on my gannet poem. I managed to record it myself using a programme called Garage Band on a friends computer. It's the first time I've recorded effects and stuff myself - loved doing the echoes! The only instrument I used was a little child's xylophone, just tapping two or three notes. Setting up all the echoes you get lots of accidental rhythms going on. Hope you have a great Christmas! xx

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Ian Whiteley

Sat 20th Dec 2014 19:40

thanks for the comments on 'wee dram' Laura - yes, I reduced the swearing at the Old Courts as I knew it would offend your delicate ears ;-)

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Ian Whiteley

Thu 20th Nov 2014 11:56

hey, thanks for the kind comments on 'Philae' Laura - yes, I know what you mean about the emotional mind-blowing nature of the achievement - still think I would have been more in awe of a scientist saying 'I've found a cure for ebola, AIDS and cancer, though ;-)

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Steve Smith

Fri 14th Nov 2014 23:38

Thanks Laura -I think your talent would love the challenge of forms -I know you would find the tension of rhyme very stimulating - you have the images!
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Steve Smith

Fri 14th Nov 2014 23:38

Thanks Laura -I think your talent would love the challenge of forms -I know you would find the tension of rhyme very stimulating - you have the images!
Steve Smith

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Dave Bradley

Thu 6th Nov 2014 16:10

Thanks for commenting Laura. You're right, I was definitely writing 'from the inside'. They do say we're all on the spectrum - the debate is about where to draw a line and apply a label. You might be interested by Donna Williams' books Nobody Nowhere and Somebody Somewhere. Fascinating and revealing.

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Natalie Audoire

Thu 6th Nov 2014 13:32

Just thought I'd stop by and say thank you muchly for all your time spent commenting on my work! It's appreciated and I am loving your work in return! Looking forward to seeing what comes next x

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