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by David
Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Gannet (version 3)
Replies: 14
Views: 1372

Re: Gannet (version 3)

I've just arrived in time for version 3, Luke. I think it's excellent.

Cheers

David
by David
Sun Jul 21, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: Dave's faves
Replies: 15
Views: 3930

Re: Dave's faves

I think that's a pretty good reading of it, Leaf. Enjoy the delving. I should say that S4 takes off in a wild metaphysical way that I can't wholly follow or fathom. I just get a sensation of the world expanding beyond my wildest dreams. Does anybody else think he must be thinking - a bit, at least -...
by David
Sun Jul 21, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Start Here
Replies: 7
Views: 679

Re: Start Here

twoleftfeet wrote:
Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:57 pm
I can imagine Joni Mitchell in the background with her moog and the Burundi drummers,doing the backing for JUNGLE VINE.
That sounds great. Must find it online.
by David
Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Start Here
Replies: 7
Views: 679

Re: Start Here

Yes, very good, Jules. A bravura performance. I don't know enough about Africa - to my shame - to be able to assess its accuracy, but JJ has fact-checked it - from a cartographic point of view at least - and that's good enough for me.

Cheers

David
by David
Sun Jul 21, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: Dave's faves
Replies: 15
Views: 3930

Re: Dave's faves

I grew up on a farm, and I think "Straws like tame lightnings" is brilliant.
by David
Sat Jul 20, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: Dave's faves
Replies: 15
Views: 3930

Re: Dave's faves

barrett wrote:
Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:44 pm
Barrett's Garret?
A much better suggestion!

I don't offhand remember Interruption to a Journey. I'll go and have a look. (I was thinking of Aunt Julia and the collie poem, both of them great.)
by David
Sat Jul 20, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Serendipity-doodah
Replies: 21
Views: 1909

Re: Serendipity-doodah

Nice to see you around again, Luke!
1lankest wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:44 pm
Why the isolated ‘I’?
You've got me wondering myself now. Was it for metrical reasons?

But I want to keep my anthropocentric ending.

Thanks for the sacs, Geoff!

Cheers both

David
by David
Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: Dave's faves
Replies: 15
Views: 3930

Re: Dave's faves

There are at least two MacCaig crackers in The Rattle Bag, barrett. I've just started browsing my way, at random, through the Collected Poems. I think I'd be happier with a good Selected, but the "remarkable" hit rate has been remarkably high so far. I think he's much better than I'd realised. Barre...
by David
Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: Dave's faves
Replies: 15
Views: 3930

Re: Dave's faves

Perry, Yes, comments welcome. And you're right, other folk should post their own favourites in a thread of their own (on which I will gladly comment). And, in a dramatic courtroom moment, I put it to you that you are, in fact, Caleb Murdock. If you are, let's just rename that thread. Or, if you're n...
by David
Sat Jul 20, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: Dave's faves
Replies: 15
Views: 3930

Dave's faves

Perry has suggested to Mac that he (Mac) should start a personal thread of his favourite poems. A good suggestion, I thought, so here's one of mine. A rhyming one, to start with, to please everybody. It is the magnificent Norman MaCaig, whose Collected Poems I am currently shimmying through. This on...
by David
Sat Jul 20, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Sun-Struck (decided on final version)
Replies: 11
Views: 1066

Re: Sun-Struck

David, the change that you've suggested -- which doesn't bother me at all because you haven't removed the most important part of the poem, as people always seem to do when they rearrange my poems -- leaves me with a poem that seems about the same as the original, except that it doesn't have the gra...
by David
Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Sun-Struck (decided on final version)
Replies: 11
Views: 1066

Re: Sun-Struck

I rather like this, Perry, but I'm going to do what you hate. I'm going to rearrange your poem. I'm not going to rewrite it. (I have cut it a bit.) But I like this ... The sun has been spoken about too much by petroleum-coiffed TV weathermen recently released from Chortling School. The sun hides dem...
by David
Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: A poem that I read today by Mac
Replies: 130
Views: 20263

Re: A poem that I read today

Nice one, Mac. I have been through the Collected Poems - not that many, sadly - a couple of times, and I thought I didn't remember this one. Until I got to the last line. I remembered that.

Cheers

David
by David
Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Serendipity-doodah
Replies: 21
Views: 1909

Re: Serendipity-doodah

Perfect, Geoff! I actually think I remember seeing that film at the cinema. Not when it first came out, perhaps. True story And so it is. Sort of. Ryder, indeed. You've not been around for a while. Hope all's well with you. Oh Not, I don't think I want baskets. But thanks for the thought. Cheers all...
by David
Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Serendipity-doodah
Replies: 21
Views: 1909

Re: Serendipity-doodah

Thanks all. You've all been very kind. Thank you! On particular points ... Geoff, that's a very reasonable quibble about "consented". Let me think about that. JJ, Not ... there is no end to my ignorance of the bee's anatomy. Wasn't quite sure how to describe it. Mac, thanks. You are not the first to...
by David
Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Serendipity-doodah
Replies: 21
Views: 1909

Re: Serendipity-doodah

Hi Perry. I will check with Mrs C about the bees. Nope, the workers - who collect the pollen - are definitely females. The males are drones, and pretty useless apart from the one lucky lottery winner who gets to impregnate the queen. I must say I prefer "unlooked-for". I'm not sure you're familiar w...
by David
Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Music and Song Lyric Discussion
Topic: Roy's greatest song ...
Replies: 9
Views: 3452

Re: Roy's greatest song ...

Like this? Brilliant!

by David
Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Hello, Good Evening and Welcome
Topic: Still alive.
Replies: 3
Views: 3066

Re: Still alive.

Only just spotted this. (I was on holiday.)

This is genuinely good to know.

Cheers

David
by David
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: Getting my poetry published
Replies: 8
Views: 2738

Re: Getting my poetry published

Our Great Progenitor, here at PG - now largely dormant, sadly - has a great poem on this subject: Zen and the Art of Submitting Poetry Rejection does not make you a bad poet. Acceptance does not make you a good one. Therefore, neither should trouble you. Chase after fame, however, and you put your ...
by David
Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Music and Song Lyric Discussion
Topic: Roy's greatest song ...
Replies: 9
Views: 3452

Re: Roy's greatest song ...

ray miller wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:40 am
The song David posted is the Cricketer song then, is it?
It is. I loves it, I do.

But how did you do that, Mac? There used to be a working YouTube app (or whatever) here, but it don't work no more.
by David
Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Epistle to Ms Austen
Replies: 22
Views: 1816

Re: Epistle to Ms Austen

I suppose the first and last lines could sound a bit like her, but I don't think what comes in between does. And she'd probably rather gnaw her right foot off than write something like "For muddles marinate in solitude" (although I fear you'll refute that with some well chosen quotation now). But th...
by David
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Flevoland - revised
Replies: 9
Views: 789

Re: Flevoland

I lived in Nederland for a few years, back in the fabulous 80s, but I don't think I ever visited Flevoland. It had something of a reputation for provincial dreariness, if I remember correctly. I can see how the poem might work in relation to it, though, although I don't see what is distinctly Flevol...
by David
Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Gay Pride
Replies: 15
Views: 1325

Re: Gay Pride

Well ... S3, at least, is a little prosaic, I think. That could do with some touching up. Very nice closing line, anyway.

Cheers

David
by David
Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: Getting my poetry published
Replies: 8
Views: 2738

Re: Getting my poetry published

I don't know, Perry! I can see the attraction of the blog thing, but it might be dispiriting to do that and still no garner no attention from the outside world. I thought there were quite a lot of formalist mags - on-line and off - in the States now? The only thing I've submitted to Rattle - ages ag...
by David
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Epistle to Ms Austen
Replies: 22
Views: 1816

Re: Epistle to Ms Austen

I read this when it was only called Epistle , and I didn't pick up on Jane at all. Perhaps I should have done. I'll try again now. It isn't too late to read one of her novels. Which one do you recommend most highly? Pride and Prejudice is the great crowd-pleaser, Perry - and rightly so. I'm pretty s...