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by OwenEdwards
Fri May 30, 2014 6:13 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: Maya Angelou
Replies: 5
Views: 1248

Re: Maya Angelou

There's a few moments of beautiful rhythm or lucid expression in there - some solid post-Spiritual lyric. More significant as a civil rights activist though, it's fair to say!
by OwenEdwards
Fri Mar 21, 2014 3:25 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Welwyn
Replies: 7
Views: 569

Re: Welwyn

Currently it's produced the below - Muses, let me sing of love of my land; no rage nor wand'ring, just old lies made true by the walking of vales, my right hand upon the steel gate to pastures new. Slopes beneath the shattered house never seen, showpiece lakes across from an aerodrome I've never flo...
by OwenEdwards
Sun Mar 16, 2014 2:29 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Boundaries (v.2)
Replies: 17
Views: 1045

Re: Boundaries (v.2)

Fantastic revision of the last stanza.
by OwenEdwards
Sat Mar 15, 2014 5:05 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: In praise of one without second
Replies: 32
Views: 3317

Re: In praise of one without second

Ros wrote:I agree it's the 'thing' that makes this unique - but still not totally convinced... I like the idea of exploring losing identity further, though.
I would echo this. To be a glorious failure is still to be glorious.
by OwenEdwards
Sat Mar 15, 2014 4:29 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Two words from a private vocabulary
Replies: 11
Views: 752

Re: Two words from a private vocabulary

All-round excellent, especially "The past is coming unstuck in my hands" and the personification of hackett as (like unto) Hereward the Wake in his fens.
by OwenEdwards
Sat Mar 15, 2014 3:14 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: Les Murray - An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow
Replies: 6
Views: 4025

Re: Les Murray - An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow

I suppose that his understanding of our common need for weeping is informed by his faith. I rather meant by "reverse Geoffrey Hill" that Les becomes easier to read in his later work, where Hill becomes progressively harder til eventually you rather imagine he's working with the Navaho coders to make...
by OwenEdwards
Sat Mar 15, 2014 2:08 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: In praise of one without second
Replies: 32
Views: 3317

Re: In praise of one without second

I think the "-thing" thing is a glorious failure. I appreciate the intent, applaud its consistency, but cannot say I believe it succeeded.
by OwenEdwards
Sat Mar 15, 2014 1:45 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Welwyn
Replies: 7
Views: 569

Re: Welwyn

Lots of helpful feedback. Gardens/shuns stinks, and the final couplet is vague to the point of obtusity. Renaming the poem may help, or may confuse further - "Panshanger House", right beside my family home - which was sold and knocked down like Brideshead in the 1950s, partly as 2 of its 3 heirs had...
by OwenEdwards
Sat Mar 15, 2014 1:20 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: After All (For Tony Benn)
Replies: 2
Views: 307

After All (For Tony Benn)

And after all, was it for nothing that you withstood the din the last Bacchalic fling of a declining era's sins? And after all, was it no nobility to withstand blood's siege and surrender privilege out of noblesse oblige? And after all, as the pygmies rule on every side, was it a crime to be our las...
by OwenEdwards
Mon Mar 10, 2014 11:12 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: Les Murray - An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow
Replies: 6
Views: 4025

Re: Les Murray - An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow

This one came up in that essay I mentioned, David. Absolutely crackerjack poem, typical of early Murray in his expression being a little more circumlocutive (he's the reverse Geoffrey Hill).
by OwenEdwards
Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:36 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: All mortal things
Replies: 12
Views: 918

Re: All mortal things

Oh, I liked this more than the others I think - I can't say I understood it but it had a romping element to its language and rhythm that worked well for me. I think with a revision of the weak s3 and a tighter/clearer s4 this could be very good.
by OwenEdwards
Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:32 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Boundaries (v.2)
Replies: 17
Views: 1045

Re: Boundaries

Loved the matted fur of the bus seat, multilayered poetic image that works well at each of them. Probably my favourite bit. I think I'm trying to identify whether the voice's anxieties are to be taken purely existentially - in which case the "vehicle" of the bus ride felt like a bit of a stretch for...
by OwenEdwards
Tue Mar 04, 2014 2:57 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Welwyn
Replies: 7
Views: 569

Welwyn

Muses, let me sing of love of my land; no rage nor wand'ring, just old lies made true by the walking of vales, my right hand upon the steel gate to pastures new. Slopes beneath the shattered house never seen, showpiece lakes across from an aerodrome I've never flown from, pubs I've never been - God'...
by OwenEdwards
Thu Feb 28, 2013 4:44 pm
Forum: Ezines, Magazines and Publications
Topic: Lucid Rhythms
Replies: 15
Views: 2065

Re: Lucid Rhythms

And the issue they're in is up at last, after being forgotten from 2012-2!

http://lucidrhythms.com/2013-1/Edwards_Owen.htm
by OwenEdwards
Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:36 pm
Forum: Ezines, Magazines and Publications
Topic: The Delinquent
Replies: 18
Views: 1892

Re: The Delinquent

Hurrah, hurrah! Congratulations.
by OwenEdwards
Sun Jul 15, 2012 10:21 pm
Forum: Ezines, Magazines and Publications
Topic: Lucid Rhythms
Replies: 15
Views: 2065

Re: Lucid Rhythms

Congrats, Jane!

I just got three poems accepted for their next - Rain, New Digs, and An Anthropologist in Durham.
by OwenEdwards
Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:48 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Black Country Evangelicals
Replies: 18
Views: 1145

Re: Black Country Evangelicals

Excellent stuff.
by OwenEdwards
Thu Mar 01, 2012 12:55 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Snowfall
Replies: 5
Views: 463

Re: Snowfall

Peter: Thanks so much for the encouragement; I think you and Ray have zeroed in on the chief weakness, and I'm grateful, so I'll be sure to work on it. Nash: Not intentionally reflecting Peredur/Percival, but it was intended as a way of etching Gary more firmly as one of Virgil's dispossessed, noble...
by OwenEdwards
Fri Feb 24, 2012 4:32 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Snowfall
Replies: 5
Views: 463

Re: Snowfall

Thanks for the crit Ray; you're probably right on all points. I quite like the octameter in the middle, though...
by OwenEdwards
Fri Feb 24, 2012 4:31 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Higgs the poet
Replies: 12
Views: 844

Re: Higgs the poet

Marc, I didn't assume it was actually particularly to do with (a) God; I was more commenting on the trope God/Word/poetry/beginning.
by OwenEdwards
Thu Feb 23, 2012 4:01 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Higgs the poet
Replies: 12
Views: 844

Re: The God Poetical

Ant, space is empty but also very full ;).

Marc, I like this. I don't think it's an entirely original gambit - God as poet by his word/Word, allowing the poet to claim poetry as divine - but it's well executed.
by OwenEdwards
Thu Feb 23, 2012 3:49 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Snowfall
Replies: 5
Views: 463

Snowfall

I must confess I've never enjoyed snow - indeed, I have rather been one of those awkward children who shy away from fights dancing in the snow, playing til the night, constructing amusing carrot-nosed men, sledding down precipitous hills and then laughing like a glad fool at the bottom. I finally co...
by OwenEdwards
Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:05 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Uncle Harry
Replies: 18
Views: 1332

Re: Uncle Harry

re David and Ant - well, I like it. Of course I don't think Brian's right in his views about religion (indeed, I think they're balmy in terms of the vituperation) but that central hymn to the wonder of nature is magnificent. Poetry feels, to me, at some level, an opportunity for different voices to ...
by OwenEdwards
Thu Feb 02, 2012 5:21 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Skinchanger
Replies: 6
Views: 616

Re: Skinchanger

Wally: Thanks for the response! A nice comparison the onion there; that (to make others cry!) and steelskin are certainly other skins we wear. I'll take into consideration your comment on the conclusion, and see if it can be made more surprising. Nash: Astute observations, all; the fullstop after ba...
by OwenEdwards
Thu Feb 02, 2012 5:09 pm
Forum: Ezines, Magazines and Publications
Topic: Obsessed with Pipework
Replies: 11
Views: 1744

Re: Obsessed with Pipework

I submitted to the Flarestacks Poet pamphlet comp, which is associated with OWP, but not run by the same (palmistry-supporting) fellow.