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  • POEM: 0057 Strict Tempo - A Poem To Dance To by Michael Shepherd (7/4/2005 11:58:00 AM) told me you 'felt a poem coming on' on Sylvester. I have only heard of the man through some quip of Beatles-era Lennon. I've been to Cheam but never to the Purley-white-gates (ahem) , mercifully...I left a comment on your WS poem...I am still too young to be nostalgic, but I liked the jockstrap concern...adolescents haven't changed aside from the glue, the drugs, the mobile phone, the alcholism, the 'happy-slapping', the gang warfare seige mentality...actually, I think I prefer the adolescents depicted your poem....heh heh...I bet this was a treat for you to write, Michael. As Dan Maskerville (sic?) used to say: ' good shot, Martina! '

  • POEM: ! Dear Will Shakespeare, by Michael Shepherd (7/4/2005 11:43:00 AM)

    very well put, sir! I really don't know how Poe-taster snuck in there (as a poet, anyhow) ...I've always thought of Maya's work as being more important than the type on the page. I think she wrote some very fine things... 'They Went Home' (for example) ... but Maya's reputation is particularly lofty because of what she stood for and, in her case, that is worth celebrating. I don't think she's one of the finest poets of all time but I think she embraced the mantle of free speech, and fighting the honourable fight and so I won't quibble with the fact that Maya means so much for so many people. Few of us would argue with Ted Hughes, Plath, Dickinson...that may be something nearly all of us could agree upon... I guess William should be awarded the post-life achievement award because while his work was not always fashionable, it was championed after his death by even his laconic rival Jonson (who wasn't always so gracious in Shakespeare's lifetime: 'he knows a little Latin, less Greek' etc.) ...then Shakespeare drifted off the radar until Samuel Johnson and others placed him back on his pedal stool...and William's hardly looked back since the 1750's....and Eliot's hatchet-jobs on his plays seemed to, contrarily, throw William back into the foremost 20th century spotlight...Hazlitt and Coleridge did their bit previously, to glorify the Bard...and now, the man can't put a foot wrong! T'would be a brave person that went against critical opinion of centuries upon the merits of his plays (glorious poetry in there, methinks), 'Measure for Measure' is a bit 'duff' could WS not be number one? that's the big question. Shel Silverstein or Hughes or Dickinson versus Shakespeare? It's almost an embarrassing contest...and 2 of those poets I think are fabulous! W.S. on the Top 500 list: 'Shall I compare thee to a silly display? / thou art less fruitful and illegitimate...'

  • POEM: Dreams Of Delusion by Herbert Nehrlich (7/2/2005 5:21:00 AM)

    I think all of us have a similar dream. who here does not desire to be read? I thought the last 4 lines said everything rather neatly and closed the poem fittingly.

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