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  • (12/24/2007 7:16:00 AM)

    I enjoyed this poem, Ivan. There really is a great deal of tension on this site between genuine poetic impulse (of which I think there's fortunately still a good deal) and distractions and impediments (be they the countless sticky ads, the site's mechanical breakdowns that impede, the boorish disinclination of the staff to respond to feedback that they themselves have solicited, the encouragement to rate flippantly instead of providing a sincere response, or the foolishness entered as poetry or response to poetry) .

    Still, from time to time a response appears that really does feel sent from the heart to the heart-and that can be a special moment. Thanks for sharing.


  • POEM: I Am A House by Sonny Rainshine (12/9/2007 8:46:00 AM)

    I think this one is right in there with your very best, Bill. I really enjoyed it!

    Direct and clear, your observations regarding the various components of your 'house' - roof, chimney, room, ceiling and floor - are thoughtful self-appraisals of yourself and your life experiences. (Perhaps I am just reading sloppily (?) , but your discussion of your walls seems to shift viewpoint - from the walls of your house itself (whether interior or exterior, loadbearing or not) and their door sizes, locks, etc. to the outside walls surrounding a property that can be augmented by barb-wire, barricades, etc. The rest, though, seems wonderfully integrated, and the tone and content are perfectly compatible. Very nice job, indeed!

  • POEM: I Am A House by Sonny Rainshine (11/21/2007 5:51:00 AM)

    This is really, really good! A rather unique perspective presented marvelously, with assurance and wit...and sincerity, too. You start strong and finish stronger. Among other things, you show that the sonnet, even if only in its length, can still work as a fantastic vehicle to focus, concentrate and express thought and feeling.

    I know I can be obtuse, but I don't get how the title 'Dark Wind' works with the poem (unless you are referring to the dark wind of the mind's enjoyment of itself) Please let me know sometime if you have a free moment. Luckily my sluggishness about this did not detract from a fantastic reading experience. Thank you.

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