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by Charles
Sat Jun 16, 2007 4:13 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Mary Magdalene Receives the Sacrament
Replies: 15
Views: 5869

Oh, no it's fine - different ways of looking at it. It's just whether you look at it from the point of view of a cleverly wrought play on old myths or if you take the view of the Christ Story being what all the other myths were unconsciously trying to get at, the "true myth" so to speak. I think the...
by Charles
Sat Jun 16, 2007 10:49 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Mary Magdalene Receives the Sacrament
Replies: 15
Views: 5869

Well I'll take everything on board and mull over it, thanks guys for taking the time. :) As for the Bacchae, well I do have an uncanny ability to see connections when really there probably aren't any there - but basically I just though of the whole Euripiean idea of the god being, in a sense, inhuma...
by Charles
Fri Jun 15, 2007 10:34 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Mary Magdalene Receives the Sacrament
Replies: 15
Views: 5869

Mary Magdalene Receives the Sacrament

Mary Magdalene Receives the Sacrament. “What, wretched woman? Feast? ” Euripides, “The Bacchae” A crimson cushion props up my knees Worn trainers leaving their impression – The Homily talks of men acting straight To impose on my Sunday afternoon. (And all that homework left undone! This, perhaps, no...
by Charles
Tue Jun 12, 2007 1:44 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Haiku Train
Replies: 7598
Views: 961319

in love triangle
grassmowers eat lawn and turf
untill all is dirt
by Charles
Tue Jun 05, 2007 6:18 pm
Forum: Any Other Business
Topic: what a facking liberty
Replies: 9
Views: 1780

I don't wanna get too far into a political debate, but I dislike the idea that the government and newspapers are somehow unreliable sources of information. Sure they spin, they spin like crazy, but they are help up to a far higher standard of scrutiny and have a far more professional approach to the...
by Charles
Mon Jun 04, 2007 8:00 pm
Forum: Any Other Business
Topic: what a facking liberty
Replies: 9
Views: 1780

There's always people having a go at the government, problem is the different groups arguments tend to lack unity or coherence. Perhaps not in this case though, I've seen some of the arguments on that website put forward by others and I've seen them in the broadsheets too. Most however seem to be th...
by Charles
Fri May 25, 2007 1:07 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Traffic Report
Replies: 7
Views: 1090

Great idea for a poem. Can't really add to what's already been said but I really liked this one.
by Charles
Mon May 21, 2007 8:43 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Haiku Train
Replies: 7598
Views: 961319

first of the flowers
wet grass thick moisture brown path
spring eternal
by Charles
Wed May 09, 2007 2:59 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Haiku Train
Replies: 7598
Views: 961319

You write it backwards
trying to make a pattern
out of random jest.
by Charles
Wed May 09, 2007 2:07 pm
Forum: Prose/Fiction Discussion
Topic: Larkin on Fiction
Replies: 10
Views: 3584

Larkin isn't a nature poet, but the ones he did do, like "First Sight" and "The Trees" are actually quite pleasant, and when you're trawling through Larkin's collected poems they seem so much more beautiful. "Friday Night at the Royal Station Hotel" is another one like that - though not really a nat...
by Charles
Tue May 08, 2007 11:47 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Haiku Train
Replies: 7598
Views: 961319

show their affection
for sawdust restaurants with
all you can never eat
by Charles
Tue May 08, 2007 10:30 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Crumpled Leaflet (redrafted & renamed, swearing put back
Replies: 17
Views: 2408

IMO It's far better to let crazy religious people speak for themselves if you want to criticize them, they do it so well... Also there is huge scope for some of that classic Brit dry wit there, I would have gone for something like: - "If I let a Jewish carpenter set up shop in my left atrium." But I...
by Charles
Tue May 08, 2007 5:50 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Crumpled Leaflet (redrafted & renamed, swearing put back
Replies: 17
Views: 2408

My gut response was to agree with the above. But if I get it rightly, you're trying to show up the doorstopper for her topicality, and if you're trying to bring out the opportunistic nastiness of that then I can appreciate it - but her voice is merged with yours, it might be worth making that a litt...
by Charles
Tue May 08, 2007 4:01 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: Modern Vs. Archaic
Replies: 25
Views: 6562

1) Not sure - depends what you mean by style. People should be encouraged to master old verse forms and iambics, but we should make clear that "thy" or "brethren" are not words that should really be put in modern poems. It's interesting though - Pound said that archaic language shouldn't be used bec...
by Charles
Tue May 08, 2007 9:45 am
Forum: Prose/Fiction Discussion
Topic: Larkin on Fiction
Replies: 10
Views: 3584

I think they're all worth a read, but I have to agree that High Windows can be pretty testing at times, but so can all of Larkin, and it does have "The Trees", an unusually nice one. In fact there are actually some of his most beautiful lines on the joy of life in his later work - it's just always p...
by Charles
Tue May 08, 2007 12:12 am
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: Poets die earlier than other writers - New York Times
Replies: 11
Views: 2846

Yes, there's an established link between creative output and certain mental disorders, such as manic depression. It probably isn't just the increaced suicide rate that drags it down either, depressed people simply die easier than happy people - or so I've heard. Kinda sad, really - I think I'll rest...
by Charles
Mon May 07, 2007 11:55 pm
Forum: Prose/Fiction Discussion
Topic: Larkin on Fiction
Replies: 10
Views: 3584

:lol:

Out of interest, anyone actually bothered reading his novels? I'm a fan of his poetry, but I dunno if I'm die hard enough to have a look at his early two novels...
by Charles
Sun May 06, 2007 3:11 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Haiku Train
Replies: 7598
Views: 961319

would warm the cockles
satiate soft appetite
fill rounding belly
by Charles
Fri May 04, 2007 5:05 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: White Rose
Replies: 2
Views: 500

Good poem. A fine testament. :)

Can't help but feel it might be worth continuing the story though, with the information at the bottom the ending seems rather too simple - though I wouldn't want to take anything away from Hans and Sophie.
by Charles
Fri May 04, 2007 3:30 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Haiku Train
Replies: 7598
Views: 961319

smoothie in hanky
clothes in lost transit wardrobe,
coffee in wiskey
by Charles
Mon Apr 23, 2007 5:23 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Haiku Train
Replies: 7598
Views: 961319

Paltry Pretensions
Quietly Queue Queensbury Quagmire
Realising Revenge
by Charles
Sun Apr 22, 2007 3:42 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Haiku Train
Replies: 7598
Views: 961319

a maiden over
the nasty sty, fell backward
she alone could lie
by Charles
Fri Apr 20, 2007 8:19 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Haiku Train
Replies: 7598
Views: 961319

slugs filled the dank air
infusing the heavy dew
with inherit grime.
by Charles
Wed Mar 14, 2007 1:14 am
Forum: Prose/Fiction Discussion
Topic: Harry Potter and the Spiders from Mars
Replies: 14
Views: 4762

Yeah, I have to agree with that - His Dark Materials is supreme. I remember my first instance of literary snobbery was when I started reading that trilogy when I was about 12 and loudly proclaimed its superiority to Harry Potter.
by Charles
Tue Mar 13, 2007 9:50 pm
Forum: Prose/Fiction Discussion
Topic: Scoop by Evelyn Waugh
Replies: 3
Views: 2301

Yeah, I'm just half way through "A Handful of Dust", and yes, fantastic novel. I'm seeing a kind of bleak parody of D.H. Lawrence-style romantic fiction in it. Brilliant stuff, at any rate.