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by k-j
Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Prose/Fiction Discussion
Topic: Who's reading what?
Replies: 472
Views: 143484

Re: Who's reading what?

Yes, TB. I remember when I was younger reading 19th century novels where everyone was ailing with "consumption" or just generally wasting away, and not realising it was what we call TB. Life was ghastly back then - I mean the 19th century, not when I was younger. Mann chooses not to name the disease...
by k-j
Sun Jun 23, 2019 2:49 am
Forum: Post-a-Translation
Topic: entrenchment clauses by ramonlvdiaz
Replies: 2
Views: 1068

Re: entrenchment clauses by ramonlvdiaz

Wow! A great pleasure to read this in Portuguese (and many, many new words learnt)! This poem really seems to catch the Brazilian zeitgeist. It's completely crazy and I couldn't stop reading! I like "Watergates, Tea Parties and Trail of Tears" (should be "Trails") as a piece of creative cross-cultur...
by k-j
Sun Jun 23, 2019 2:01 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Strand Street
Replies: 18
Views: 419

Re: Strand Street

Much enjoyed. Maybe cut "along them" which doesn't add anything and the shorter line seems nice?

Cut "most" for the metre?

I love "anti-toothpaste" and the whole description of the cash transferral system (which I don't think I've come across before).
by k-j
Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:31 am
Forum: Prose/Fiction Discussion
Topic: Who's reading what?
Replies: 472
Views: 143484

Re: Who's reading what?

Georg Heym - The Thief and Other Stories (pub. 1913) I've not read Heym's prose, although I've been meaning to for years. I do love his poetry though. I have a bilingual edition which I keep returning to. Won't be attempting the stories in German though! Staying on matters Teutonic I'm about 2/3 th...
by k-j
Wed May 22, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: The Jolly Blue Dragon
Replies: 4
Views: 450

Re: The Jolly Blue Dragon

I like this a lot. I like the way it jumps around but still seems coherent. The way "something significant" is repeated. I really like the Jolly Blue Giant / Jolly Green Giant / Jolly Blue Dragon triangle and I think I even understand it. I don't know who Mr. C. is though. I think the end is great a...
by k-j
Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Scan
Replies: 4
Views: 276

Re: Scan

I like the general sense of building, cohering, and then the dissolving again in the last stanza. However I think it is too impressionistic. "Blossom, / eagle-echo" for example, I simply can't relate to the subject of the poem. And "the infinite / within each moment" doesn't say much to me at all. T...
by k-j
Wed May 02, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: Poet Voice
Replies: 3
Views: 1280

Poet Voice

Interesting piece about why so many poets read excellent, expressive (or not) poems in that portentous droning way which drains all the life out of their creations. The Glück and Trethewey examples linked in the piece are egregious, and T.S. Eliot comes to mind as perhaps the worst of all. The stuf...
by k-j
Wed May 02, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Prose/Fiction Discussion
Topic: Who's reading what?
Replies: 472
Views: 143484

Re: Who's reading what?

Hi Churinga, nice of you to add to this thread. I reread 'Middlemarch' a few years ago, after studying it at Uni about 50 years ago. It is one of the best. I agree, I've read all of Eliot's novels now except for 'Adam Bede', and 'Middlemarch' is by far the best and the only really great one. I'll ha...
by k-j
Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Perhaps
Replies: 7
Views: 2292

Re: Perhaps

Thanks all, strange that this was resurrected after a year.

Tony, those words obviously chosen for the rhyme, but I don't think they're antiquated, just uncommon.

As for the audience, I guess it's the "us" of the poem... or just the speaker talking to him/herself?
by k-j
Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Church and State
Replies: 2
Views: 666

Re: Church and State

I like the first two lines. The metre vapourises in the third line. Fourth line you have a syntax issue. The comma at the end is awkward, because it's trying to legitimise a weird sentence structure. I think you have to rewrite it somehow. "Was ever thus" is a cliché. You can just delete those words...
by k-j
Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Skein over a reservoir
Replies: 5
Views: 917

Re: Skein over a reservoir

I'm not sure about "burrows". It's kind of a slow-sounding verb isn't it? I'd think something like "drills" would be better here. "Corbelling" felt a bit flashy on first read but I'm coming round to it. "Who" feels out of place grammatically but I'm sure you realise that. I would lose "incorrigibly"...
by k-j
Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Body Authority
Replies: 5
Views: 829

Re: Body Authority

I do think "Marionette" would be a better title, unless you want it to be more of a riddle than a poem. "My right and my left arms" is rather an odd construction (how does it improve on "my arms"?) Agree that "scuffed" doesn't quite work to describe a human being. Definitely worth developing the the...
by k-j
Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Hours Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 1516

Re: Hours Ago

I quite like this. Some striking turns of phrase e.g. line 2, the babies, the cavorting trees. I'm not keen on the third stanza. "Screaming blue murder" is hackneyed and "suddenly" also seems OTT. Unless this stanza with its reek of horror is some sort of parody, but if so it feels out of place in t...
by k-j
Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Wasted Hours (revised)
Replies: 17
Views: 1794

Re: Wasted Hours

I think it's in Good Omens that it turns out the M25 is an enormous demonic sigil designed to trigger armageddon.

I too feel the anger but not the poetry.
by k-j
Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: 60
Replies: 16
Views: 2046

Re: 60

I agree with Ray, better without lines 3-6. I like the "conversational" tone and it seems especially apposite for this sort of subject... happy birthday old man.
by k-j
Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: April 2nd...
Replies: 7
Views: 1816

Re: April 2nd...

Greg Rusedski
could have learned to sled, ski,
or pilot a gondola round Venice.
Instead, he took up tennis.
by k-j
Sat Apr 01, 2017 4:47 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Compention results and NaPoWriMo
Replies: 7
Views: 2041

Re: Compention results and NaPoWriMo

Any similarities with Hawaiian deities are entirely coincidental.
by k-j
Sat Apr 01, 2017 4:35 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Compention results and NaPoWriMo
Replies: 7
Views: 2041

Re: Compention results and NaPoWriMo

Thanks to those who voted for me, and to those who never believed in me... I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles... etc... Bring on WAPINONINILAMOS (write a poem if necessary, or not, it's not important, lasting a month or so). EDIT - alternative event - WAPINONINILAMOS-OWANONAA at Nancy's request...
by k-j
Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:14 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Pre-Raphaelite Clerihew2
Replies: 4
Views: 656

Re: Pre-Raphaelite Clerihew2

Ok you fixed the rhyme. More features of a first-rate clerihew (for which PG ought to have a dedicated subforum, by the way): 1. Entirely unmetrical lines, varying wildly in length. 2. Ideally, all four lines should refer to the subject. This Clerihew turns out to be more about the woman than DGR. 3...
by k-j
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Pre-Raphaelite Clerihew2
Replies: 4
Views: 656

Re: Pre-Raphaelite Clerihew

Problem is "Janey" doesn't rhyme with "Rosetti". You need confetti, jetty, libretti or some such. Rhyme in a clerihew has to be strict. No half rhyme jiggery-pokery.

"Petty" would be good. You want a non-Italian rhyme ideally.
by k-j
Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: What should good poetry be?
Replies: 10
Views: 3155

Re: What should good poetry be?

Also, whoever it was that said poetry is what gets lost in translation.
by k-j
Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: What should good poetry be?
Replies: 10
Views: 3155

Re: What should good poetry be?

Always liked Kafka's "axe for the frozen sea within us", albeit he's talking about literature in general.
by k-j
Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:10 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Poetic Devices
Replies: 18
Views: 1541

Re: Poetic Devices

This is a winner. Quality all the way.
by k-j
Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:55 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Whatever Happened to Hip Hop?
Replies: 2
Views: 558

Re: Whatever Happened to Hip Hop?

groan...
by k-j
Mon Mar 13, 2017 2:40 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Several Lies
Replies: 2
Views: 1137

Several Lies

They say you must stop by sometime for dinner or a drink. And there's no need to wink for it's a socially accepted lie. They say a butterfly can flap a wing and cause a great to-do which is half true and 50% a lie. They say The Catcher in the Rye is a novel you grow out of or abjure when you mature:...