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ravenblack
Location: naperville, Il
Gender: Male
Born: yesterday
Interests: poetry, music ( the doors, nick cave, type o negative) , rock climbing, photography, native american spirituality
Member: Standard
Joined: January 2013
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Founding member of the Arlington poetry project - open mic sharing of poetry that has been running for more than fifteen years. come share at the mic on the third sat. of every month at 7:00 p.m. at Coffee Planet, 1450 Golf Rd., Rolling Meadows, Il.
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ravenblack: It has been three rewarding years on Fanstory, the last two doubly so as I vowed not to post anything that was not new. Thank you for all of your support over the years- met many great folks here. It is just time for me to move on. I'll still be stopping in from time to time, but, well, a lot less frequently. I will miss this place.
January 3, 2016 at 5:31PM
    michaelcahill: Damn. Don't be a complete stranger. I can't tell you how much you've influenced my writing and given me courage borrowed from you to write just what the hell I want to write.
    You are going to be missed here big time. No doubt way more than you realize. mikey
    January 3, 2016 at 6:11PM
    catch22: I'll miss your work my friend. When you do get published, feel free to leave a trail of breadcrumbs for some of us to follow. Much luck to you in this new leg of the journey.
    January 3, 2016 at 7:31PM
    Gloria ....: Gonna miss you and your poetry, Ed. You always kept me on my toes. Do please stop in as often as you can. :))
    January 3, 2016 at 10:27PM
    TAB_that's me: I love your poetry and will miss it but I understand sometimes we gotta move on - life changes. Best to you in all you do.
    January 3, 2016 at 10:55PM
    rama devi: Sad to hear that, RB! you're one of my favorite poets here. So talented. I am also here less frequently but have been reviewing the past few days and missed your posts! It's good, though, to focus your energies in new directions. :)
    January 3, 2016 at 11:26PM
    Lovinia: Really missing your fine work dear friend. Sometimes we need to move on. I hope you may return in your own time. You know you are my most fave free verse poet ... all that talent ... I hope to see it published. Take care. Huge hugs - Lovi xoxox
    January 14, 2016 at 6:32AM
    lightink: I miss you, Ed! I hope you are doing well! Sending good wishes!
    March 21, 2016 at 4:49PM
    hifein: so sorry you won't be around. i've enjoyed your work and appreciate so very much your kind words re mine. my very best to you. best, hi
    May 5, 2016 at 8:51PM
    ciliverde: Don't be a stranger, please, I love your poetry and your comments. But do what is best for you my friend.Carol
    May 16, 2016 at 11:00PM
    Ideasaregems-Dawn: What he said. Down there. Mikey. Where are you anyway? It's JULY!
    July 24, 2016 at 8:29PM
    hifein: miss you. hi
    September 5, 2016 at 11:51AM
    MissMerri: I was looking for something from you. Disappointment tastes lousy. :"(
    September 6, 2016 at 9:29AM

ravenblack:

Ars Poetica

A poem should be palpable and mute
As a globed fruit,

Dumb
As old medallions to the thumb,

Silent as the sleeve-worn stone
Of casement ledges where the moss has grown -

A poem should be wordless
As the flight of birds.

*

A poem should be motionless in time
As the moon climbs,

Leaving, as the moon releases
Twig by twig the night-entangled trees,

Leaving, as the moon behind the winter leaves,
Memory by memory the mind -

A poem should be motionless in time
As the moon climbs.

*

A poem should be equal to:
Not true.

For all the history of grief
An empty doorway and a maple leaf.

For love
The leaning grasses and two lights above the sea -

A poem should not mean
But be.

--- Archibald Macleish

Couldn't have said it better myself.
May 26, 2015 at 10:13AM
    catch22: Outstanding commentary on poetry. I couldn't agree more.
    May 26, 2015 at 6:14PM
    pipersfancy: Lovely words that resonate deeply - thank you for sharing!
    May 27, 2015 at 1:09PM
    ciliverde: This poem is fantastic...I couldn't say it better myself either. For all the history of grief...the leaning grasses and two lights above the sea...I just love this.
    November 7, 2015 at 3:17PM

ravenblack: Yay! I was hit with a one star review last night on my latest poem. Funny thing is, the reviewer in question had no writing posted and the only comment in his/her reviewing history was this nice hit and run. Anyway, I had it removed. I would like to still keep my poems open for standard members. Those who create fake profiles to slam others ruin it for everyone.
February 9, 2015 at 8:07PM
    adewpearl: There was this delusional writer a while back whom I would mute after enough of his harassment and then a few months later he'd be back with a new name only to act the jerk again - it happened several times before he disappeared for good - and all so he could offer me more complaints about how people with true talent like him got destroyed in the rankings by untalented people like me. So I feel your pain :-)
    February 9, 2015 at 8:20PM
    nor84: We've all had them. Back a few years ago, I got a one-star review where the person said, repeatedly, "I am a writer." Nothing else, only that. I had it removed.
    February 9, 2015 at 8:33PM
    ravenblack: I just think it is sad that some resort to this kind of garbage. No wonder why folks are hesitant to open it up to standard members.
    February 9, 2015 at 8:37PM
    michaelcahill: I got a one from a premier member. I just laugh. Who cares! Just don't give them to my friends. That does piss me off!!
    February 9, 2015 at 9:04PM
    adewpearl: My delusional guy was a premier member. There are crazies everywhere LOL
    February 9, 2015 at 10:16PM
    mrsmajor: I had to mute, one that is still here, he apparently didn't like a Spiritual poem I wrote, but his comments were unbelievable, so I simply muted him...He's still hanging around, and yes makes the same kind of comments, No, not to me, but others that write the Spiritual poems...We just have to ignore some...He is a Premier author..
    February 10, 2015 at 10:15AM
    Linda Engel: I bet you said a few choice words. Glad to know we can have them erased. Good for you. You certainly did not deserve that rating. Hope it wasn't anyone we know. And Mikey, I'm with you, don't give low ratings to my friends.
    February 10, 2015 at 10:20AM
    ravenblack: Linda- believe it or not, I had no choice words. Just looked up the profile, figured it was someone hiding behind a fake profile and had it removed, swatted away like a mosquito.
    February 10, 2015 at 1:02PM
    klorens: Hi. I forgot your phone number or would call you. Would like to get in touch with you again. Kenny
    April 30, 2015 at 9:12AM

ravenblack: How do you show disrespect to writers and the purported purpose of this site? Copy and paste reviews. Ran across two reviewers in the past two days, one who literally had page after page of the same glowing review, only some selected as 4's. When I say page after page, I am not exaggerating, all on the same day clearly showing that not one poem was read. Pitiful. Please, when you run across such reviewers, warn them or report them. Such practices really undermine the site.
December 8, 2013 at 12:55PM
    watergirl: I have had this happen to me. AND one poet who I contacted who had received the same review as I said, so what? people do it because it saves time. He said he did it himself. I was so disappointed. It mocks the reason for the site existing. Bad behaviour indeed.
    December 9, 2013 at 1:27AM
    pipersfancy: I think I've come across the same new, young poet... I just posted the following comment on his profile page - he had just commented on how he lives for writing, and is asking for people to 'fan' him:

    Then, maybe you should go back to reading the works here and giving genuine reviews, rather than the 19+ pages of cut and paste comments you've given over the past 24 hours. From reading and reviewing your first poem (15 minutes of my time), I think you have genuine talent and great potential. I don't think you set out to offend myself or other members, but it appears you've acted out of a desire to get points quickly in order to promote your own work. Please reconsider your approach. It is immature and selfish, not appreciated and ultimately will not win you any fans.
    December 9 at 7:03PM
    December 9, 2013 at 7:11PM
    SLHarper: I sure hope people are responsive to being reprimanded diplomatically for their poor behavior. It has not been my experience so far that it makes a difference... Kudos for trying!
    December 17, 2013 at 12:32AM
    MidnightWriter4U: Pipersfancy, couldn't have said that better myself. It is so disappointing to get a copy/paste review or reply to a review. :(
    December 19, 2013 at 1:30AM
    Alena Smith: Hey, does anyone have a nice review template I can copy really quick?
    January 6, 2014 at 12:06PM
    Just2Write: Couldn't agree more, m'dear. Copy and paste reviews and replies suck. There's nothing worse (for me) than spending 15 mins to a half an hour on a review, only to get a reply like: Thank you all for your reviews - please know that I cherish each and every one - however, I am far too busy to reply to you individually.
    It's poor etiquette. Period.
    February 25, 2014 at 7:17PM
    Tina McKala: once I reported a writer like this, he muted me afterwards :) still active on this site, one of the highly - highly highly - ranked...
    February 27, 2014 at 2:57AM
    cantrhymetoogood: Well, I feel better now, seeing the comments above made by authors that I have come to respect for their talents as both writers and reviewers, I see that I am not alone in my disappointment over the kinds of reviews I have seen lately. The review process is a very important part of this site. Thanks ravenblack for starting this thread.
    March 1, 2014 at 6:31AM
    ravenblack: You are welcome. When you run across cut and pasters, report them.
    March 16, 2014 at 5:52PM
    Dean Kuch: 1). This is very well written with a smooth flow of words, making for a very good read.

    2). This is very well written with a smooth flow of words, making for a very strong read.

    Here are two 2nd sentence lines, from two separate writings I received from the same individual. I went into my portfolio and copied them both, then cut and pasted them here. And they do it over, and over, and over again. Now, it may just be me that this individual does this to. Perhaps they find my writing distasteful, but want the large amounts of member dollars I sometimes (not always) attach to some of my works. The preceding sentence varies from time to time, depending on and pertaining to the topic written about, but that's it.

    Some people clamor for the top here, and do whatever it takes to stay there. Whether it be the top reviewer, top poet, top novelist ... However, isn't it more rewarding if you do it through hard work and being genuine to others?

    Just sayin'...

    March 28, 2014 at 1:19PM
    ravenblack: Hmmm...that review sounds very familiar. I think I've gotten more than a few of the same too.
    March 29, 2014 at 4:56PM
    Selina Stambi: I get that every time .. well written with a smooth flow of words. Drives me nuts!
    April 1, 2014 at 2:08PM
    INtity: I am kinda new to fan story but I am glad I read this because it gives me a insight on what goes on with some reviewers. I wouldn't want someone to give me lame review so I try to put as much as I can into the reviews I give but sometimes it may not be what they want but at least I try.
    April 10, 2014 at 8:17PM
    Phyllis Stewart: When you see that, REPORT it to Tom at once. He will STOP IT!
    October 18, 2014 at 12:52PM
    Dorothy Farrell: My grouch is about a review that I got saying my non-fiction piece was far too long for his pathetic attention capability. Then added something about my paragraphs being a bit long - I suppose to justify the dollar he earned. Very annoying that I had to acknowledge the damn thing just to stop it constantly popping up.
    October 24, 2014 at 1:10PM
    Domino 2: LOL, Deano. THE PERFECT SELFISH EXAMPLE.

    I now have great fun reviewing all his stuff with his own words, and he still thanks me with the same cut n paste REPLY. I guess some people are beyond help.
    October 24, 2014 at 1:33PM
    Domino 2: I am extremely offended by your comment which obviously refers to me, Dorothy, as you replied to ALL the other review, EXCEPT mine, until a couple of days later.

    I take pride in giving everything I read, serious attention, and I always try to offer something constructive to the writer. I certainly won't be reviewing you again, as it would have been easier to have given a few words of 'fluff encouragement, rather than constructive critique.

    Here is a cut n paste of my review which so annoyed you:

    'Hi, Dorothy.

    This is far too long for my pathetic reading attention spell.

    For what it's worth, here's a couple of general observations, and I sure don't profess to be an expert.

    With respect, I think the paragraphs should be far shorter and split when each scene or mood changes.

    Secondly, I find dialogue adds extra depth and reality to prose, so maybe consider adding some more.

    I hope my humble advice is of some use.'

    Best wishes, Ray xx

    October 25, 2014 at 3:12AM
    kiwigirl2821: Here's my 2 cents worth! I am in awe of much of the writers I follow. I don't particularly feel like I can give them constructive "critique" as they write better than I see myself doing. Regardless however, I would NEVER cut and paste. What I do give is how the piece makes me feel or what I particularly like or don't like about it. If I don't understand what a writer is saying sometimes I'll go and read ratings to see where I'm going wrong or confuse the message within the poem. Sometimes writing reviews is a lengthy process but one I enjoy as well. Do I like to make a few bucks to promote my work, well yeah, but I also like to give my own reviewers the chance to earn a couple of bucks from me as well. I believe in the writers in this site and I think all of us can figure out pretty damn quick who the flakes are and it's easier to just give them a miss. Do I get any change for my opinion? lol xoxo d
    November 1, 2014 at 7:55PM
    Domino 2: Well said, Debora.

    It's most unusual for me to even read, let alone review long stuff, but when I do, even if I quickly skip over it to get a general impression and don't give detailed critique, I try to offer something to the writer who wishes to improve, rather than just receive vague compliments to caress their inflated egos.

    I think just one broad suggestion is worth a million pointless, 'that was great', reviews, but obviously not everyone agrees.
    November 8, 2014 at 11:48AM
    Willowsong: I joined FS back in March and though I can't say I've encountered the cut and pasters, though I may have and just not realized it, I have encountered some reviewers that I felt as though they were reviewing someone else's piece and I got the review on my piece instead. Perhaps, that was a cut and paste and they just forgot or didn't care that what they said didn't truly match up to what they thought they read. For me personally, those they take the time to give honest feedback, whether if it's all positive or some suggestive critique, I respect their time and am usually more inclined to fan them and even nominate them as a reviewer for the month. The quick little two sentence phrases with no depth still get a kind thank you but that's about it because they've given me nothing to really feed off of to return to them in kind. This is genuinely a great topic of discussion and I'm happy to have happend upon it. Thanks for listening.
    November 10, 2014 at 2:44AM
    granny goes viral: I still don't know how to cut and paste.
    November 14, 2014 at 9:47PM
    patcelaw: When I review, I try to say something about the poem that got my attentio and give a short story how it reminded me of an event in my life. That way other writers begin to know a little about who I am an now I tick.
    December 5, 2014 at 7:54PM

ravenblack: Insomnia sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
April 30, 2013 at 1:47AM
    Kiki12: Then go to sleep :)
    April 30, 2013 at 6:29PM
    ravenblack: what do you think i'm trying to do!!!!
    April 30, 2013 at 8:54PM
    Shirlena: When you have insomnia I'll be you write don't you-smile?
    May 5, 2013 at 8:08AM
    ravenblack: sometimes I try not to 'cause it just makes it worse.
    May 5, 2013 at 3:38PM
    Indie Skreet: you will always have a place at my table Ed. You should be so proud of yourself for this write. My disappointment in f/s has been made easier with reading the reviews on this. I am so pleased to have connected with you through this site. Sending love, Indie xx
    May 9, 2013 at 4:32AM
    ravenblack: Y'know, it is your courage that inspired me to finally post this one. Been sitting on it, retooling it since a faith poetry contest a couple of months ago. Did not post it as I feared negative reviews or reprisals on other works. But no more. Come back when and if you feel ready
    May 9, 2013 at 1:33PM
    LadyCosgrove: Get a self hypnosis tape/dvd/mp3, doesn't matter much which one, your choice. Listen to it on earphones when you turn out the light - works for me. x
    May 10, 2013 at 10:25AM
    Selina Stambi: Popping in to say I was truly impressed by the powerful, impactful write that A Place At The Table was.
    May 11, 2013 at 2:31PM
    c_lucas: A hammer works best. One blow and you're out like a light.
    August 22, 2013 at 3:34AM
    Dean Kuch: This should help. And, don't bother to thank me, I'm always more than happy to lend a friend a helping hand, heh-heh...

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    September 19, 2013 at 11:15AM
    Allen Wolfe: But insomnia is how I get everything done.
    November 9, 2013 at 5:45PM

ravenblack: what do you do when you read a poem that you deem morally reprehensible? blabber about rhythm and rhyme, ignore the content, and give it a five anyway 'cause you are afraid of revenge reviews? have some freakin' courage and do the right thing!
April 20, 2013 at 3:24PM
    Sally Carter: I know what you're talking about, and I try to comment with integrity. I see nothing wrong with commenting on the technical points, but content cannot be ignored.
    April 20, 2013 at 4:24PM
    Lovinia: Sally and Red have said it all. I defend the right to express ... I defend my right to have a different opinion. Skip and report is sometimes necessary, especially if posted without a warning.I commend you for reviewing the 2 cent poems ... not everyone can afford to post. Hail Loyalty to fans! :)))
    April 21, 2013 at 4:58AM
    ravenblack: Sometimes the skip button is not an option. At least if I want to respect myself.
    April 22, 2013 at 9:02AM
    kiwigirl2821: Respecting oneself isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seriously! xoxo d
    October 23, 2013 at 4:46PM

ravenblack: yes, I know. I posted 2 poems in the top twelve. do I enjoy the spotlight? I would be lying if I said no. I earned it the hard way. no cut and paste reviewing, no usage of the credit card, just spending lot's of time giving personal reviews to a mass plethora of poems.
April 19, 2013 at 10:24AM
    flippant: I'm trying to do the same, so I know how much time that took you!!
    April 19, 2013 at 4:55PM
    ravenblack: Usually takes about a week- two hours a day w/ at least one long day. Usually get through first three pages as well as reviewing fanned material ( yes, I review all the 2 cents stuff)
    April 20, 2013 at 1:45AM
    Child of the King: Me too! Seems like the more people I become fans of, the fuller my mailbox.:-) I always go completely through my mailbox first and then I head to the first page and work down. :-)
    April 21, 2013 at 2:48AM
    Lovinia: Congratulation to the reviewers who review out of respect and loyalty and a love of poetry/prose. It takes a lot longer that way. It is hard work .... which is not to say, I don't appreciate the first page posters, as long as it is worthy of being up there. I don't review a poem which is very ordinary up there just to buy reviews and ratings. :)).
    April 21, 2013 at 5:02AM
    Antonin70: I don't think I could live with myself if I wasn't honest and fair in my reviewing. I wouldn't want others to do it to me. But occasionally there are postings that get at my personal beliefs very hurtfully and these I have to ignore because I don't trust myself to answer them. Anton
    July 26, 2013 at 9:42AM
    watergirl: As in reviewing, there are things in life that you have to ignore, yes? If I don't like a piece, and have nothing constructive to say, I move on. But there must be some rules about offensive material? Just as there is censorship in the world?
    August 8, 2013 at 7:49PM

ravenblack: when I review a poem, I review a poem- try to add a personal touch. we post to be read and I believe it is only right that a reviewer treat a poem as if he/she read it with care. nothing drives me more batty than receiving formulaic reviews, the same sentence w/a few different words plugged in. this does not happen often, maybe w/just a handful of reviewers. just think it is a slap in the face to the purpose of this site to make it so evident that the only reason for such reviews is to pick up points.
March 22, 2013 at 1:48AM
    nor84: It's also against the rules when it's evident a member is cutting and pasting replies, giving the same words to many reviewers. When you see a cut/paster, click on 'contact us' and tell the site administrator the details.
    March 22, 2013 at 4:11AM
    kiwigirl2821: even if I saw that, I wouldn't tattle nor. I remember one of my favorite authors highly ranked did that but he has Parkinsons and can not write as well as he once could. I haven't seen him for a while but I do remember he was one of the kindest people I ever knew. Also sometimes I don't feel qualified to write about spags and errors so I give it what I do know how to give and that is the truth. xoxo
    September 18, 2013 at 6:45PM

ravenblack: form vs. content - a delicate balance. form w/out much content or content enslaved to form and you have an empty shirt that looks really good hanging in the closet or a dead tree adorned w/ornaments. content w/out form or form enslaved to content and you wear a t-shirt in the snow or a tree w/out ornaments. the approach to poetry must be balanced. have something to say rather than just plugging words w/the same tired meaning into abab, blah blah blah. borrow from form, adapt your own rhythm and rhyme and meld it to content. neither can stand alone and be good poetry.
March 14, 2013 at 12:03PM
    rama devi: Agree! :)
    March 14, 2013 at 2:19PM
    watergirl: I think it's evident as to wether it's from the heart or not. Or an intelligent insight.
    August 8, 2013 at 7:51PM

ravenblack: I believe that a good poem leaves some space for the reader to wander and explore. it is in the " a-ha" moment when the reader's understanding and the poet's intentions collide and collaborate that a poem truly shines/ communicates on a deeper level. I do not believe in leading the reader by the nose.
March 1, 2013 at 8:31PM
    Bicpen: Like a guide the author knows the path but like a traveller the reader must follow the guide. Some journeys are more adventurous than others but it is the guides privillage to show the delights and make clear the path ... that is not to say the path cannot have a few surprises ... for the traveller.
    March 1, 2013 at 9:10PM
    ravenblack: agreed. it is a balancing act.
    March 1, 2013 at 10:13PM
    SueZen: Agree totally ! In general I believe = experience that the "a-ha" moments & inspiration do not come from the mind's (confused) matter/chatter, but from the SPACE in between a thought, a word, a memory, etc. the eternal intelligence/presence/source that connects ALL...of which Eckhart Tolle so
    eloquently speaks & re-minds us of ! Our minds are to 'use', serve us, but not to rule
    our lives...Love Sue xxx
    March 5, 2013 at 5:53AM

ravenblack: one important aspect of writing poetry is reading poetry, great poetry by the so-called masters that we all aspire to become. I don't mean read to copy, but read to absorb. some of my favorite modern poets ( in no particular order) are William Stafford, James Dickey, William S. Merwyn, Wallace Stevens. Theodore Roethke, Jim Harrison, Ted Kooser, Octavio Paz, Sylvia Plath, Pablo Neruda. Dylan Thomas... I could go on and on. who are some of your favorite poets?
February 10, 2013 at 4:27PM
    K.W.: marge piercy, sharon olds, dorothy parker, emily dickinson, sylvia plath are my top five:)
    February 11, 2013 at 10:19AM
    ravenblack: try louise erdrich. she is a great fiction writer - just won the national book award - and has two great collections of poetry - Jacklight, and Baptism of Desire
    February 11, 2013 at 11:22AM
    K.W.: will do! thanks:)
    February 11, 2013 at 1:26PM
    amada: I just discovered Richard Blanco's poetry. An inspiration to write about my childhood in a far away country.
    February 20, 2013 at 12:15PM
    ravenblack: Richard blanco? i'll have to check him out. try octavio paz
    February 23, 2013 at 1:17AM
    catch22: I really love Pablo Neruda, Sylvia Plath, just got into Merwin, Adrienne Rich, and Omar Khayyam (the Rubaiyat is my favorite poem of all time). It reminds me to focus on the beauty and life in the world.
    February 26, 2013 at 8:42PM
    SueZen: Hi RavenB,
    Ohla, too many (poets) to name, but Neruda, Rumi, Gibran & many of the English & Irish also have my love...& so many more to dis-cover !!! Would like to know why you 'hide' your face ? I do, can 'understand' why, but I want to see your EYES, as they are the mirror of your soul & more !!! x Sue
    February 28, 2013 at 2:46PM
    ravenblack: eyes are blue, but my face was scarred by acid and I live in a cave under an opera house. really, though - all my photos are on my old computer which experienced a meltdown.
    March 1, 2013 at 8:34PM
    SueZen: Hihihi...I thought as much hahaha !
    Thanks for enlightening me, x Sue
    April 17, 2013 at 3:55AM
    watergirl: Henry Beston, Pablo Neruda, John Keats, Shakespeare. And novelists; Cormack McCarthy; who hides poetry in amongst the pages.
    August 8, 2013 at 7:55PM
    kiwijenny: My favorite poets are Rudyard Kipling...If....Dylan Thomas ...A Child's Christmad in Wales....but my favorite is the book of James ...Bible...
    October 10, 2013 at 7:50AM

ravenblack: all poems are spiritual. all poems, no matter what the subject matter, are sacred. poetry is a higher form of communication in which we directly try to communicate our inner life, how our souls experience the world. past, present, future - all tenses can be contained in a single word. prose is mainly concerned w/getting from point a to point b. it can contain elements of poetry, but it's intent remains the same. poetry is points a, b, c, etc. swirling around a nucleus of the here and now.... my braion hurts.
February 1, 2013 at 11:44PM
    K.W.: I like the way you've put this:)
    February 6, 2013 at 6:47PM
    Starlit Ink: Wow! The poem "Sixth Sense" is stunning.
    February 8, 2013 at 12:56PM
    RominaItalia: Very well said. :)
    February 26, 2013 at 8:38AM
    watergirl: Ah, yes, all communication is spiritual; I find when I am having angst with someone very close to me, it is the silent communication that is more powerful, and overrides the ineffectiveness and stubbornness of me. And horses - wow, they do really tell us things if we are observant enough. I have learnt so much from my horses.
    August 8, 2013 at 7:59PM

ravenblack: I have a long-time love/hate relationship poetry. Nothing feels better ( well, almost nothing) than getting that perfect poem ( perfect in the sense that it is a wordpainting that communicates exactly what was on your mind/in your soul). I just wish poems would let me sleep!! they come out of nowhere when I shower, walk the dog, etc.
anyway, I have been writing poetry from the tender age of twelve and have been performing/reading poetry for live audiences for about twenty years.
poetry is so different from prose. it is more akin to a painting.
January 29, 2013 at 3:38PM
    K.W.: I agree. Wonderfully put:)
    January 30, 2013 at 10:58AM
    write hand blue: I must say it's refreshing to see someone telling the truth in a review. Instead of taking the $1.46 and running. Ref. "Shouldn't man" etc. alcreator litt dear...
    I just wonder what's come on the site...
    March 25, 2013 at 6:59PM
    victortouche: Rave, I absolutely HATE Windows 8.
    April 20, 2013 at 1:56AM
    watergirl: It comes from the great beyond. If I change the perfect lines of poetry that rushes through my head, my thinking, my dreaming, it does not work - so I try and leave it untouched.
    August 8, 2013 at 8:17PM
    xotic flotsam: It is likened better to painting. For me, Expressionism is poetry, my mind swims in possibilities. Re-creations of a perfect scene in life, as with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, ain't that perfect. A few lines of poetry linger as sweet perfume, growing sweeter as I ponder their fragrance.
    November 6, 2013 at 2:12AM
    Glasstruth: Congrats on the award. I knew you'd get it someday. It made me feel great when I got mine knowing that some have been on here for years and years and have never received that honor. Write on!!!!
    May 14, 2014 at 12:21AM
    LIJ Red: Thanks for joining me on the limb. I was having confidence issues.
    July 14, 2014 at 3:27PM

 
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The Same Place Thrice reached "All Time Best" status.
December 2 at 5:25AM
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November 29 at 10:08AM
Chaff reached "All Time Best" status.
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November 23 at 2:08AM
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Winter's Children reached "All Time Best" status.
November 16 at 5:25AM
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