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Tommy Carroll

Fri 13th Sep 2013 11:50

Laura- for you, and only for you- I have self censored the image of the woman accompanying 'After the leaving' x
ps your request/enquiry has validity regardless of whom raised it x TC

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Ian Whiteley

Fri 23rd Aug 2013 16:41

hey - missed one :-(
thanks for commenting on 'golgotha' - I would love to have performed it at diggers - but Jeff tells me the open mic might be at risk now :-( - going on hols for a couple of weeks so will only be back the day before the diggers - but looking forward to it - will deffo be in attendance at your gig
Ian

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Ian Whiteley

Fri 23rd Aug 2013 16:34

thanks for commenting on 'she wore pink' Laura - I am intrigued/fascinated by the JFK years in America - if you like a good thriller (not horror) and haven't read it - try 11-22-63 by Steven King - it's set around the assassination but has a weirdly twisted sci-fi element that tells you the story of the days before and after the assasination, seen through the eyes of a time traveller - it's really good :-)
Ian

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Ian Whiteley

Wed 14th Aug 2013 12:18

Laura
thanks for the comments on 'totem' - much appreciated as always.
haven't read the book you mention - but the must read book regarding first nations/native Americans is Bury My Hear At Wounded Knee' which is the native American perspective of the 'wild west' - fascinating and moving read.
The list of tribal names is there for rhythmic purposes + 'if we cannot name them we cannot remember them' so I liked it to push start the rhythm into the last section
cheers
Ian

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Ian Whiteley

Sun 11th Aug 2013 20:05

Thanks for the comment on 'sci-fi so good' Laura - glad you liked it :-)

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Tommy Carroll

Wed 7th Aug 2013 22:34

La-La re 'After the leaving' I had not seen the woman in the foto in 20 years- I don't know if she still lives. I have other poems and fotos abt her done at the time.

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Ian Whiteley

Fri 2nd Aug 2013 15:54

cheers Laura
please that you liked 'the Jesus Gene' and 'Daniel...' two very different emotions - although both query the existence of 'god' I suppose :-(
thanks for commenting - much appreciated
Ian

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kath hewitt

Thu 25th Jul 2013 12:59

Thanks Laura

Capitals are there because I'm too lazy to edit when I copy from word!

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Ann Foxglove

Wed 24th Jul 2013 16:18

Hi Laura - not quite sure how to do what you said - but if you go onto Soundcloud then the stuff I've been doing recently with Paul Healy is under the A4453528 account number. I think the last 4 things are me and him - previous stuff just by him. Hope you can find it!

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Ann Foxglove

Tue 23rd Jul 2013 12:08

Thanks Laura - Candle Game - blogged 2nd Feb 2010 - a blast from the past! I haven't been writing much poetry lately but doing some songs. A pal and I have done some quite experimental audio things - they are on Soundcloud. I don't know if there is a link I could do from WOL to Soundcloud like we can do with Youtube stuff. Must ask some friendly WOL boffin!

Hope all well with you! xx

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Ian Whiteley

Wed 3rd Jul 2013 19:32

thanks for your comments on 'Northern Lights' Laura, glad you liked it - that sort of stuff isn't everyone's cup of tea so wasn't SURE HOW IT WOULD GO DOWN :-)

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John Togher

Tue 2nd Jul 2013 12:50

How have you got on with the earworm poetry cd?

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kath hewitt

Sat 22nd Jun 2013 15:25

hey Laura :-) not sure that I am back but we'll see how it goes!

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Dave Bradley

Thu 6th Jun 2013 17:09

Thanks for commenting on The Introvert, Laura. Yes, introverts can behave in extrovert ways and vice versa. People are full of surprises - for others and even themselves. The basic distinction is whether someone tends to spend energy or gain energy by being with people. But even that can vary can't it.

The final line was intended to be enigmatic and raise questions. The introvert's response to a roomful of extrovert friends enjoying themselves can be complex. Of course the introvert wants his/her friends to be happy. But.....

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Ian Whiteley

Thu 6th Jun 2013 13:35

'clear blue air' is classic Laura - describes that feeling perfectly - 'beghilos' is very good too - those bloody calculators eh - spent many an hour messing with them when I should have been learning maths :-)
"separated at birth" I think I would have got the better deal out of that Laura - unless you want to double your body weight and take a wack or two with the ugly stick :-)

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Ian Whiteley

Thu 6th Jun 2013 12:24

thanks for the comments on 'domestosterone' Laura - glad you liked it - 'teak' it must be an age thing - bring back teak references I say :-)a much underused wood.
Just seen your comments on another post about social/crowds/parties etc - knowing what I know about your OCD and now this, I think you must be the female version of ME!totally got your comments about 'alone time' - you just need to start referencing 'teak' more and you'll be there :-)

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Ian Whiteley

Thu 25th Apr 2013 18:59

Laura
I've never really talked to anyone about it - this was my attempt at (clumsily) getting across what a small part of it is like.
I am as frustrated and astounded by my innability to stop doing things as are others who see me do it - for instance:
I keep a huge pile of coins by the bedside and put whatever is in my pockets into the pile on a night - in a morning I take 6 X £1 coins, 5 X 50p, 4 X 20p (see the sequence) etc - and that's all that goes in my pocket.
As a kid (I've let this one go a bit now)I would always break rich tea biscuits into 1/3's - chew and swallow first, suck until gone 2nd and pulp with tongue 3rd - utterly bizzare to me and anyone watching me do it.
It's so difficult to talk to anyone who doesn't do these things because (as with other mental health problems) they simply TELL you to STOP doing it - and you know you should - but you can't :-). I guess you just have to cope with it rather than cure it - but talking to people about it??? NO - don't think so
Ian

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Ian Whiteley

Thu 25th Apr 2013 15:12

Hi Laura
thanks for commenting on 'pure o' you are clearly someone who understands the condition from your own personal experence. I too have way more than disclosed in the poem including the numbers/alphabet/symetry/order thing - so as Steve has said I'm OCD rather than pure O - but I like the title for what it is rather than as a clinical definition of what I have. Read you earlier work on symetry and loved it - don't you find that there is an angel in the fog with all this though? - because apart from the irritation of the condition it does make me more accurate / precise and throws me into some really creative thinking and situations that I otherwise wouldn't experience. Just a thought :-)
thanks
Ian

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Harry O'Neill

Fri 19th Apr 2013 10:54

Laura,

Thanks for your considerate disagreement.

You`re right about the word `underclass` I shouldn`t have used it. Until four factories in my road closed (with the loss of thousands of unskilled jobs) and the closely-packed streets of terrace houses knocked down and replaced by a playing field and a sparse new estate. The vast majority of that so-called under-class had been working and contributing to the economy.they didn`t abandon employment. employment abandoned them (and fobbed them off with benefits) A truer name for them would be `The abandoned class`.

Thanks for pointing it out.

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Chris Co

Mon 15th Apr 2013 14:52

Hi Laura thx for reading and for the feedback on my latest. Much appreciated. I have left a comment on the blog.

Oh and...

Me, Nat and maybe her Dad heard Merry Hell were playing the Old Wallaseyans in a couple of weeks. If you could let us know exactly when, we can dive over.

Best of

Chris

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John Coopey

Sun 14th Apr 2013 22:23

Many thanks for your kind thoughts on my prose piece, Schadenfreude.

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Ian Whiteley

Tue 9th Apr 2013 14:58

Aye :-)

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Pete Slater

Fri 5th Apr 2013 17:40

Hello there again Laura
Thank you for the reply and the links. I do use Facebook, mainly as an electronic pigeon and for family and friends to read what I write. As for writing exercises the idea frightens me to death. I sit, I sit, I sit. (You will notice I sit a lot). BING!!! I write and post, no thinking it just happens. When I say accidental I mean it. Its a l - o - n - g story. The feed back I have had since I started to feel worthy enough to put stuff up on here has been great, encouraging but I have to admit I do enjoy being out there and reading what I write. Eyes don't lie, if what I do is crap the eyes tell me, not the hands, they can lie everytime they politely come into contact with each other. I have also met some "interesting " people. Coincidentally, if I did write about being a part of the body it would be the eyes.
Cheers
Pete The Bus Driving Poet.

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Pete Slater

Fri 5th Apr 2013 14:59

Hi Laura
Thanks for taking time to read my offering. I had written a piece about a friend of mine and the "bedroom tax" Someone kindly made a comment and pointed out that repossessed people were also traumatised. Said they had enjoyed reading and would look forward to a poem about repossession. I have never written to a theme before so I thought I would give it a go. Out of my comfort zone but it was an interesting challenge. Apologies for the novelette. Ta for the typo .... rectified.
Pete The Bus Driving Poet.

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Dave Bradley

Fri 5th Apr 2013 12:02

Hi Laura

Thanks for the pointer. What an interesting magazine. I'm enjoying some of the other contributors too.

Dave

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Tommy Carroll

Thu 4th Apr 2013 20:16

'naughty naughty' as opposed to 'haughty haughty'
Tommy

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Ann Foxglove

Fri 29th Mar 2013 06:19

Hi Laura - thanks for the good wishes re my hip op xx

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Chris Co

Mon 25th Mar 2013 19:38

Ohh Laura, chuck us a pointer when you've written the poem you mentioned so I can have a gander -

Best

Chris

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Chris Co

Mon 25th Mar 2013 19:36

Thx for reading and feedback on my latest - appreciated.

Left a long windy comment on the blog hehe

Best

Chris

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M.C. Newberry

Wed 13th Mar 2013 17:58

Laura - I have responded to Jeff on his profile, amending my original response and qualifying my feelings about his poem's intent/content. My original point about the times in which these events happen still stands. That tragedy was a thing of its time and people WERE almost certainly more hardened to the unexpected visitations of death, having lived with that fact of life in a way that today's generation cannot comprehend. They would be far quicker to sympathise, mourn and get on with their lives - whereas, today, it would go on and on, with all sorts of excuses to keep it before the public attention - with all the breast-beating and communal flower-arranging that has appeared since Princess Diana left us. We've exchanged a respectful stiff-upper lip of stoic acceptance for the quivering lip of self-regarding "compassion" - no matter what or where the circumstances or the identity of the unfortunates involved. I find that less than genuine or appealing: this "look at me - I'm so sorry for your loss" attitude that has become part of modern behaviour, especially when the cameras are around.

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joe kozarzewski

Mon 11th Mar 2013 17:59

Just came across a poet called Simon Rusty. He is ruder [hilariously so] than both of us put together!! Have just put my profile on write out loud under the name joe ranter

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M.C. Newberry

Mon 11th Mar 2013 16:51

Thanks for the comment on Paper Chase. I wondered where you were!
I was interested to read film director Ken Loach is reported as declaring that "What Ukip has done for the right..(the left should be seeking to do).
Fascinating that taking the stance that self-government, control of our borders and our laws against outside interference should be seen as "right wing".

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Francine

Mon 4th Mar 2013 04:00

I have to agree - awesome photo!
And whoever took it is ace ; )

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darren thomas

Fri 1st Mar 2013 12:00

Thanks for your recent comments Laura. Your profile pic is ace. [:^[-)

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Dave Bradley

Tue 26th Feb 2013 11:21

Congratulations, Laura. It's a fine poem - it will be interesting to see what response there is from the wider audience. The website looks fascinating. It isn't clear whether publication will be online, but if it is, could you send a link (no pressure).

What continues to fascinate me about the ancient Japanese myth is what it says about us all being travellers who meet mysterious endless invisible walls which baffle us until we stoop low and discover their secret. So 21st century - we're all living it.

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Rachel Bond

Sat 9th Feb 2013 13:11

hi laura, been too long girl! look at your biography list now, you little devil :)

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Chris Co

Sat 2nd Feb 2013 19:50

Thx for the feedback on my latest one Laura.

Cheers

Chris

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Tommy Carroll

Fri 1st Feb 2013 15:35

Laura you are now officially my favorite poet on this site. That is all. x

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Francine

Sun 27th Jan 2013 19:00

Thank you, Laura : )

You've been writing up a storm! I must go through some of what I've missed...

xx

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Tommy Carroll

Tue 15th Jan 2013 01:49

Laura you are now officially my second favourite poem on this site- That is all.

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John Coopey

Sun 13th Jan 2013 17:47

Thanks for your comments on "You've Met The Met", Laura.

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Isobel

Thu 10th Jan 2013 14:46

Thanks for your lovely comment. It was actually quite liberating to write something unpoetic LOL - why on Earth have I taken up this poetry hobby, I ask myself...?

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Tommy Carroll

Wed 9th Jan 2013 21:42

It's typical of a woman to complain about the generalizing of women.


How Do I count the shoes?

How do I love my shoes? Let me count the ways.
I love their comfort and style and price.
When my foot can slip in easily, when kicking out of sight foolish Insults and remarks.
I love them for their shine and waterproofing,
Quiet in the walking, by sun and LED torch-light.
I love the comfort as men do strive for Comfort.
I love their fashionability, as they bask In praise.
I love them with a passion when put to good use
In my old briefs, and with my manhood's faith And daily needs.
I love them with a love I show to women
With my swanky gait. I love them with the breath I breathe upon their shine,
The smiles of their buying and tears if their life comes to an end. And if I could be bothered, I shall love them even after recycling.

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Neil Fawcett

Fri 21st Dec 2012 09:26

Ah, Ebenezer, my alter ego.

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Elaine Booth

Thu 15th Nov 2012 00:09

Just enjoying reading your profile - 2 years on! XXX

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garside

Fri 9th Nov 2012 15:33

thanks for your time Laura - group hug anytime for sure x

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Marianne Louise Daniels

Fri 9th Nov 2012 14:50

Many thanks for commenting on my recent work... I do feel my writing is changing and happy for it to be so.

Congratulations again for your recent accepted submission - onwards and upwards for thee, I feel!

x

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Neil Fawcett

Fri 9th Nov 2012 14:50

It's a rewritten 20 drafts on re-presentation:)

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Isobel

Thu 8th Nov 2012 13:57

Oh - what a shame! And John Coopey's going to be there! I don't know much about the Tyldesly thing - I'll have to ask Jeff about it. I'm going to something he's doing on Saturday, so I'll see. Crumbs - it'll be December before I see you otherwise! Take care anyway - and make sure you save enough dosh to make the Christmas bash! x

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Isobel

Thu 8th Nov 2012 13:01

Thanks for your comments Laura - yes it's a relief for me to be able to write again - I was starting to go stagnant performing the same old...

Never worry about not commenting. There is so much stuff on here it can be overwhelming to comment on them all. Hope to see you tonight. x

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