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Isobel

Fri 21st May 2010 22:35

Pick away - tis a bone long overdue...

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darren thomas

Wed 19th May 2010 08:37

Hi A - thanks for the welcome. I've been attempting to revise while at the same time writing insignificant essays - and WOL is more than an distraction if you don't completely divorce yourself from it. However, you can't 'fight the fight' standing on the academic terraces - you need to be in there - up to your scrotum in the mud of goal mouth incident. Blowing so hard that the pea in your whistle shoots a player right between the eyes - as it were.

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Ann Foxglove

Wed 19th May 2010 06:23

Hi Anthony, thanks for nice comments on Heavy with Green. I wrote it about three weeks ago, and had a Larkiny feeling in my head, more April is the cruellest month I think. Didn't remember this poem that you gave me the link to until last Sunday when it was somewhere in the paper, as a neglected poem. I guess it's the time of year! Ann xx

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Ray Miller

Mon 17th May 2010 15:20

Anthony, thanks for comments on Gloria. I've done the odd homage to JCC, saw him perform a couple of weeks ago and he was brilliantly funny. On the other hand, saw him at The Big Chill last year and he was poor.

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Tommy Carroll

Sun 16th May 2010 04:22

Thank you Anthony- this poem still feels awkward to me, it has a dysfunctional resonance that I struggle to repair.

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winston plowes

Sat 15th May 2010 09:53

Hi Anthony, Thanks for your comments on ';-p' as to wallowing in a wonderful disease... You may be falling into the trap of assuming the poet (me) is writting from his own true experiences. In this particular case is it too mischevious of me not to say if this is the case or not. Win :-)

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kath hewitt

Fri 14th May 2010 21:50

Hi thanks for your comment on Avon calling. Much appreciated ;-)

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Ann Foxglove

Wed 12th May 2010 18:31

wow, your comment on the discussion strand was great. And thanks for your kind words too. Me, I'm thinking of quitting for a while. xxxxx

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winston plowes

Fri 30th Apr 2010 00:55

good to see you backand commenting A.E. Win

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darren thomas

Fri 2nd Apr 2010 20:29

Hi 'A.E'

First of all, many thanks for your comments. Secondly, where have you been? This site needs those Salmons who swim against the tide of mutual gratification. We don't want a site full of 'suckers' - we need the odd 'blower' too. Now get your boney linguistic ass back on here and do some mother f**%$£g blowin'!

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Isobel

Sat 27th Mar 2010 15:24

Hello Anthony. I hope you have managed to come through your not funny ha ha time ok.
You need to reinforce that skin of yours and get yourself back on here. A worthy WOLOP past winner and critic, you add something to the site - plus you often make me laugh.
Perhaps you could write an ode to laughter - that gift from the Gods that seems to go unopened for so many...

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Isobel

Wed 24th Mar 2010 23:07

LOL - About time I started thinking about structure??? What are you like with your cryptic comments! Have so missed you!

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Rachel McGladdery

Sun 20th Dec 2009 18:01

Lol! Thanks for the comments...as for the stockings video.....well I'm performing it in Preston on tuesday evening, I appreciate it's a bit far to travel and all that, but they generally get filmed by Norman Hadley and bunged up on youtube, although it'll just be me reading it, unfortunately I'm a little too new to performance to actually do the burlesque thing, tempting though it is. If you like, I'll 'comment' you the link when it's up.
Thanks again
Rachel
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Rachel McGladdery

Sat 12th Dec 2009 18:25

Hi Anthony, thanks for the welcome and the comments! I was hugely impressed with myspace, the imagery is almost tangible...does that make sense? Plus the sense of warmth and love....gorgeous!
Cheers
Rachel
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Ann Foxglove

Wed 9th Dec 2009 17:46

Here here to your comment re gangs! I think gangs are nasty things. Since I joined WOL I have been made to feel welcome, and it's a new home for me, a new poet. Then suddenly there's this feeling (from the old guard?) that maybe i won't be belonging here after all - too many poets!!! How many poets can you get on the head of a pin? (Or how many poets can change a light bulb maybe!) lol af xxx

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Ann Foxglove

Fri 4th Dec 2009 13:59

Thank you so much for your kind words about my poems. I have just been reading yours and they are wonderful. I have only just started writing and in a way it is easy to just let the poems come, but they are totally "as is", if I try and improve on them I just make them worse! When I read "real" poems like yours I can't imagine how you could produce something so perfect. I am not trying to lick parts of your anatomy here, I enjoy my poems but I think they are like a child's drawing that may delight enough to be stuck on the fridge, but not a polished complex work of art. But maybe that's just how they are meant to be. I loved myspace and the one about the Downs child made me cry. OH, I live in the west country too! xxx

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Patricia and Stefan Wilde

Thu 3rd Dec 2009 14:22

Good afternoon,Anthony,I put a reply to you under the poem-'in full realisation'-thanking you for much needed encouragement!! but then,a very sensible man,who goes by the name of one Mr. Plowes advised me that replying to comments on the 'profile' column makes sure the person who has commented gets their,in your case,well deserved reply-thank you and Mr. W.-(Oh,a little rhyme there)-lol!-regards to you-Stef-ps. enjoyed the journey scrolling down-you popular person,you! LOL!-pps.blimey! how ignorant,I nearly was-re your above poems-truly,truly inspirational-I,ll be back!

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John Aikman

Tue 1st Dec 2009 08:26

Dear Anthony,

I can't seem to locate an e-mail address for you on here, otherwise I would have e-mailed you privately just to offer you some solidarity in the face of a recent tirade against you posted elsewhere.

I agreed with your comments wholeheartedly and thought they were expressed in a very succinct and witty way. To say so on the actual discussion board would, in my opinion, just invite another tirade of hypocritical invective upon both our heads and I have elected to abdicate from that particular battle....until the next time. There is bound to be a 'next time' as I cannot envisage being able to keep my trap shut the next time a piece of egregious clap trap is posted here disguised as 'poetry' or even 'comment'.

Keep the faith.

Jx

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John Darwin

Thu 26th Nov 2009 11:27

Anthony, thanks for your kind comments on my poem ''drenched'. It's the way it comes out. I can be quite cheerful in person :-)

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barrie singleton

Sun 22nd Nov 2009 21:07

At last I have arrived here to say thanks for approving comment left on my page. In my usual way, I feel inclined to dub your style 'Till Role' (much as I gave the name 'Marzipan School' to the paintings of a friend, featuring bendy houses.
I like the devices used but have to admit - perhaps it's my age - to keep starting a new line, leaves me exhausted! Cheers.

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Cate Greenlees

Sun 22nd Nov 2009 11:45

Greetings Anthony... thanks for your comment on Taj..... sos I cant offer you any rock, but if you`re ever up North Ive learned how to knock your tonsils out with a fiery vindaloo!!!!!!
Cate xx

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John Aikman

Sat 21st Nov 2009 20:11

Thank you for your kind comments on my last offering (only my second). 'Larkinesque' eh? Well, apart from the 4 lines of Larkin that everbody knows, I've never read him......I will now!

I'll take 'Larkinesque' any day : )

Kind regards


Jx

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Isobel

Thu 19th Nov 2009 17:51

Hello you. Where on Earth have you been? Hope it was hot. If it was another site - let me check it out - surely it can't be better than this? Have really missed you - hope you are back to stay. xx

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Greg Freeman

Thu 19th Nov 2009 15:38

HI Anthony. Have just read Myspace and am fairly gobsmacked by it. You seem to have a state of the nation theme and a love thread all in the same poem. The rhythm and music of the words - and your stamina - is very impressive. I'd love to hear you read it. Being in the business I particularly liked "the paperboy chokes doorways with a plague of news and views". Only one quibble. Visually I'd like to see every two lines become one wherever possible. I think it would easier on the eye and the reader would appreciate your skill that much more.
Congratulations
Greg

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Tommy Carroll

Wed 28th Oct 2009 20:44

[from September 28th 2009] ''Anthony: You have re-claimed from my universe a hundred million brain cells from oblivion.'' incase you failed to notice.
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Janet

Fri 23rd Oct 2009 16:28

Hi, i just want to say thanks for your help and comments on my poetry. It was very much appreciated. Don't know where you been lately but hope you're well. :-)

I'm going off the net for a while so good luck with all that you do. Take care,

Janet.x

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Neil West

Sun 11th Oct 2009 20:15

Hi Anthony - I'd also like to congratulate you on being NPOTM. I've been keeping my head down lately or I'd have acknowledged you earlier, I know I've already mentioned Beyond the Equinox but it is simply a terrific piece of writing and I wish I'd written it!

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Thu 8th Oct 2009 19:38

Congratulations on your WIN, Anthony. Well-deserved for a great poem. Sorry I didn't remember to say this right away...two days later just isn't on!

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John Aikman

Thu 8th Oct 2009 06:06

myspace is breathtaking. Thank you.

Jx

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Cate Greenlees

Wed 7th Oct 2009 14:25

Congrats Anthony! I voted for you.... your work is head and shoulders above the rest!
Cate xx

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John Darwin

Tue 6th Oct 2009 08:17

Anthony, thanks for your comments on 'Melt'. I wil probably be reading it tonight in Hebden Bridge, bit of a trek for you from Devon!

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Nichola Burrows

Fri 2nd Oct 2009 14:52

Hi Anthony, thanks for commenting on 'pearl stitch', enjoyed all the different interpretations of it.

I hope that It will never cease to amaze me that a couple of dozen words put in a certain formation can be interpreted in so many different way. The beauty of our own subjectvity.

Nicky.

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Janet

Fri 2nd Oct 2009 13:35

Hi, i've sent an email to the address you supplied. Did you receive it?
Thanks for the link on rhymes, it's great!

Janet.x

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Janet

Fri 2nd Oct 2009 12:02

I tried to send myself a trial email by clicking onto the email address on my profile but it hasn't come to me. Haven't received yours either.

Janet.x

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Janet

Fri 2nd Oct 2009 11:49

Hi Anthony,
sorry but no i didn't receive any email from you at all. Please try again if you like, you must have got the address wrong because other people here have managed to contact me privately. :-)

Janet.x

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Dave Bradley

Fri 2nd Oct 2009 10:02

Hi Anthony

Appreciated the comment on Churchill. Yes I've visited Chartwell too and it had a similar impact. A special place.
The poem has arisen from reading Carlo D'Este's 800 page doorstop of a book 'Warlord', which was a gift - wouldn't have bought it for myself. Churchill was such a difficult and often unpleasant boy and young man, who irritated or alienated many of those he encountered. It gives pause for thought that a man with his history and personality profile was exactly what was needed in 1940.
He always believed in his star, in his destiny, seeking out risks in the belief that he wouldn't be touched. And (remarkably) he was right.

My hairs still stand on end when hearing the key broadcasts. Extraordinary.

Enough. One could rabbit on.

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Janet

Fri 2nd Oct 2009 00:04

Hi Anthony, what message was that then?

I'm fine. No, you're definitelt not in my bad books. :-)
Be nice to chat soon.
Janet.x

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Gus Jonsson

Tue 29th Sep 2009 18:32

or would that be an exodus of Lapwing?


Many thanks
Gus

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spencer

Tue 29th Sep 2009 15:10

Thanks for the comment , I like the piece it is a bit Trainspotting (well spotted - oh that's bad but I had to). On another note - Beyond the Equinox is a bit tasty , great images ,well written - you can easily picture everything.

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Neil West

Tue 29th Sep 2009 09:16

Hi Anthony. I really like Beyond the Equinox, the imagery is sad and haunting yet very beautiful. I tried to pick out a favourite part but the whole poem is so effective that I couldn't.

Thank you for sharing my work. In answer to your question, I wouldn't like to tell people what to get from reading it but there are broad themes being explored. While I wanted to be ambiguous about time and place the initial inspiration came from the conflict in Bosnia when a seemingly modern and peaceful nation tore itself apart and committed terrible acts of genocide as a result of national and ethnic divisions and historic prejudices.

There are parallels with all conflict and I suppose the current war against terrorism and the experiences of Bristish troops in Afghanistan perhaps support the idea that we need to try harder to learn the lessons of history and find new ways of solving problems in the world.

The two characters represent ordinary people caught up in national events, one who seeks to be loyal but recognises his own conscience is at odds with the propaganda and one who blindly accepts what he is told out of jingoistic misplaced pride. As a result, it is perhaps easier for one to deal with the aftermath of war than the other. There is still the promise of redemption, in spite of the horrors both committed by and against these men. they have to work out that journey for themselves but the key is facing up to their guilt and accepting responsibility for what took place, perhaps inspired by the South African truth and reconciliation or Northern Ireland peace processes.

Finally, perhaps I wanted to place the events in a time just as modern mechanised warfare unleashed new horrors on mankind. While Cloverleaf experiences a traditional combat role riding in a cavalry charge the horrors described by Strongarm perhaps reflect the thoughts of soldiers encountering trench warfare, modern artillery and tanks for the first time in the early 20th century. I remember something about the French cavalry riding into battle on horseback in white gloves brandishing sabres only to be cut down in minutes by German machine gun fire.

Ultimately, I want to warn aginst the dangers of prejudice and remind people how easily this kind of scapegoating can lead to catastrophy. A reminder I think people need in a soceity where people vote for the BNP and live in fear of anyone from a different cultural background.

Thanks again, I think your work is of real quality and would appreciate any ideas you could offer.

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carol falaki

Mon 28th Sep 2009 16:17

Hi Anthony,
I'd like to say thank you, not just for your comments on 'plum', but for leading me to your poems. What I loved about them is they demostrate how poetry reveals the reality we miss in every day life. Beyond the Equinox connects the reader to the season and to the earth.

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garside

Mon 28th Sep 2009 08:48

HI Anthony - thanks for your comments on my work - happy that you get the rhythm and gravity of the work

steve x

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winston plowes

Sun 27th Sep 2009 20:29

Hi Anthony... Great descriptive piece. does exactly what it says on the tin. Lovely. Win

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Cate Greenlees

Sun 27th Sep 2009 16:38

Hi Anthony, so nice to see you posting again! Thanks for your lovely comment on Eer Olives Pumps. I love Lancashire dialect. Its dying out somewhat now with the closing of the mines and mills, but the older generation still use it in rural areas, and I find it a fascinating legacy of how Wigan used to be. I have written a few more dialect ones which might get an airing up here in time, so watch this space!!!
Cate xx

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Janet

Sun 27th Sep 2009 12:42

I can't tell you how many times i've read 'my space'. Still discovering something new each on each read. I love the subtle rhymes in it particularly and the repeated slowing down lines. (Repeated doesn't feel quite the right word but hopefully you'll see what i meant by that comment). :-)

Janet.x

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winston plowes

Sun 27th Sep 2009 09:22

I have left more comments on "On Meeting a Poet" Thanks Win

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winston plowes

Sat 26th Sep 2009 18:06

On Meeting a Poet has now some explanatory notes attached. Have a look and tell me what you think. Thanks for the comment in the first place.

Win

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Isobel

Fri 25th Sep 2009 14:41

I would be very honoured to take a sneak preview of yours Anthony. Will try to be more critical than I normally am. I am not as experienced at it as you or knowledgable about poetic form but I will give it my best shot. Other than the poem I showed you which I still haven't got round to looking at - I have nothing in the pipeline - I will try to get that one done some time next week. I also need to focus my attention on writing rather than discussing - it is so easy to get caught up in all that. Lovely to see and hear you back on the scene.
Isobel xx

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Janet

Fri 25th Sep 2009 12:41

Thanks for your comment on my poem, no title.
I needed that today.

Janet.x

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Nichola Burrows

Fri 25th Sep 2009 00:29

Hi Anthony,

I just wanted to drop a line your way to say thank you for your commments on the 'catharsis' discussion thread. I was beginning to think I had created a monster, and I was only testing the water, as I am new on the site. I unwittingly, did not realise that I needed a few more swimmingly lessons beforehand in order to outswim the sharks. 62 comments later, I have the lovely Janet to thank for finally understanding the original slant on the question, - I didn't think that it was that obtuse, and certainly did not expect what I got - and also you to thank for pointing in the right direction and bringing enlightenment.

Have only glanced at your poems, but I do thimk your writing style is quite unique, 'myspace' flows like a stream of conciousness and has a very raw, existential flow about it. I have only read one poem (recent one that is) on this site that I could compare it to, and that would be Steve Mellor's 'Life-Line'. Simply for the pure continuous flow of the poem. I cannot comment justly on the content as yet as I have not had the chance to digest it and am all wrded out. an effort to put a comprehensible sentence together at the moment. Large glass of wine is in order.

Thanks once again. Nicky

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