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Poem TitlePoet NameCritique Given by Donna Carter SolesCritique Date
Escaping Nightcheyenne smythHello Cheyenne, Your first stanza is a great introduction. It also seems as if you are communicating to your love via telepathy or clairvoyance. These thoughts, which plaque you as they do, are uttered through your mind, or perhaps from the depths of your very soul. I once wrote a short story called, "Soul of the Sea," and your poem reminds me of that story, to a certain extent. Your second stanza really stands out with the words, "long past worry, more into madness." It's as if you have waited so long to express your emotions that fate has pushed you over the edge, driving you further into the depths of the ocean; "Pacing the ocean's floor," in the third stanza - It seems you are hiding from everyone, except for the one that you want to find you. The fourth stanza states a very nice contrast between "sea coloured eyes" and "mine that mimic umber." In the end...your love will be the only one who knows your true identity. Nice work. This poem has a gentle flow, even though it is somewhat like the stormy sea, which it can be and is one of the topics here. I think a little more punctuation and a reconsideration of the title would have helped. But it is good as it stands. My main concern is that I think you could have added more to the story to increase the overall effect, but is a mystery as it stands. Love the dark atmosphere of this poem. Thanks for posting. Donna2012-07-30 22:06:04
Blood MoonMary J CoffmanHello Mary, This is quite an in-depth poem of darkness and madness. Who is there to know between the difference? Hardly none, because this is your own personal punishment? Or it could be something that was written from the outside? This is a good mystery poem, covered by darkness...not really letting the reader know what you are truly speaking of. It's not a dino fossil, is it? *smile* I also wrote a poem called, "Blood Moon," that was written at an earlier time, and (apparently) had nothing to do with this poem - no clue about the other one. They (both of them) are quite different. Good luck with your subjective poetry. Donna2012-07-25 22:38:21
AnonymouslyMark Steven SchefferHello Mark, This poem sort of reminds me of Richard Ramirez, or Ricardo "Richard" Munoz Ramirez. Also known as 'The Night Stalker.' I think it was the hard rock music (Like "Hells Bells" by ACDC) that drove him into madness or evil -- just read the lyrics of the song. He pumped himself up with the radio Before he commited the crime. Shit...just a thought, and I do not know either.2012-07-21 22:42:45
The Bones of the DeadMedard Louis Lefevre Jr.Hello Medard, This poem made quite an introduction because it started off as being somewhat optimistic, but then quickly slipped into something much darker. I'm thinking that you are actually a 'ghost', or you are not a ghost but are seeing things before they happen. You just conveyed this eerie feeling of being alone: "But on these streets I am alone." This seems to be happening, despite everything else that you say. It could be that you simply want things to be better, but it's certainly not turning out that way; therefore, you are engulfed in your own form of loneliness. I especially like the third stanza in which you said: "But on these streets even the ghosts are lost." This gives me an extreme loss of hope and all that may matter, and it's not that I may wish for this. I'm just simply pointing out how well you stressed your subject matter. I quess that everything is so far gone that even the ghosts do not know what place to call home...or even worse. I also noticed that you used the word 'incubus' in this poem which represents a 'demon'...and oh, we all have those (if willing to admit) and I suspect this is the particular one that has been haunting you. The words 'dead', 'dead', 'dread' and 'dead' have well-formed the ominious connotations of life verses death. Thanks for sharing such a thought-provoking poem, and keep on writing. Donna 2005-06-17 01:13:27
ASHESNancy Ann HemsworthDear Nancy: This is such a touching poem, and I know how hard it is to let go of something that you love -- God knows I do. Anyway, I think you are speaking of someone close to you who became cremated as opposed to the typical buriel. I can tell you (right now) that the longer you hold on to something that is not there (no matter the case), then the more painful and lingering it becomes. This is an emotional piece; I find it difficult to go over the more technical aspects of the poem. You do not seem to have any particular rhyme scheme, and I think you may have been emotionally distraught when you wrote this piece. You made... like three mentions of the word 'free', and that is quite a bit considering the length of this poem. I think that if you broke your lines into stanzas and made up your mind as to how (rhyme or no rhyme) you actually wanted it to be, then it would be better. I am going to give you a partial example: My hero, you have long gone home - [the word 'home' can be difficult for rhyming intentions...'hero'-worse] I can no longer be bound to thee For within my heart, I've set you free. I scattered you across this land; You well deserved my loving hand. But never could you hear my plea, 'Till I bled my heart upon the sea. This, of course, should be in your own words. Thanks for sharing. Donna 2005-06-11 07:36:03
Wet InkDebbie SpicerHello Debbie, I really like the title "Wet Ink" and this brings to mind something that is freshly written or drawn. From reading this poem, I am also picturing a young girl who never quite realized her dreams for one reason or another. And then (considering the very last line), I get the impression of someone who would like for some of this 'wet ink' to dry and go away. I think our childhood days to be something that we all would like to learn from in a happy and healthy environment, and should include all of that joyful play. However, (as sad as it is) we all do not get that. Your usage of 'green glimmer' sends off a nice image, and makes me think of a sparkle in someone's eye, especially that of water which seems to play a huge part in this particular piece. I know that children love to play in water, and perhaps this relates to when you were a child. Water can also reflect ones own image, and there we have it again. AND you also made mention of the water 'swirling' which can give off a distorted or confusing image. This sounds very much like an adult who misses (or somehow missed out on) their childhood years. It could just simply be the loss of innocence, and knowing this to be a wild world, and WHY did it all happen? Debbie, you used some very nice imagery and also that of a nature in this poem. It also makes the reader remember, but for the sake of getting better, we sometimes need to forget. Very well put, and please keep on writing, my friend. Donna2005-06-01 20:51:57
Lost YearsMedard Louis Lefevre Jr.Hello Medard: This poem is very sad and also very realistic. It happens to so many people, and I hope this is not the case with yourself. You used some very nice imagery in this piece when you spoke of your 'own space' and the 'invisible wall' that you had built around yourself. This is a certain sign of someone trapped in their own self-made 'prison'. I also noticed that you were very light with the punctuation in this poem, but it looks very nice as it stands. What stands out the most is the subject matter and you have done well with your descriptions and delivery. A 'life pissed away' (as you said) is certainly not a glamourous statement, but one that clearly descibes the nitty-gritty of such a lifestyle. I could just feel all of the pain pent up inside as well as the self-pity. A person can lose so much by keeping their first 'love' (which in this case is an addition) before everyone else. The best I could say is that someone like this should seek help and hope to find a real friend around them, and this would need to be a strong person since the one with the addition is not. Thank you for sharing this emotionally-filled piece of what many people have battled with in their lives. Keep on writing, Donna2005-05-26 22:11:48
Walking In MorningNancy Ann HemsworthHello Nancy, I've read some of your haiku and tanka before and I am rather fond of some of them. However, I think you are focusing more on the rhyme scheme as opposed to the subject matter in this particular piece. It is leaving me with a sort of dull feeling (emotionally), and some of your rhyming is making my sweater feel as if it has been plucked. *smile* I think you are using the word 'you' too much, which I know that to be easy to do. Then again...if your rhyme was more in flow, then people may not notice it that much. Even with this, I still seek the warmth. Best Wishes, Donna2005-05-26 02:04:17
Verses 41 to 60 Third CollectionErzahl Leo M. EspinoDear Erzahl, This is such a spendid compilation of work, but I think the splendor needed to be given equal opportunity, and should be addressed individually. These are haikus, and the Japanese believed/believe in saying much wisdom with very few words. I must admit that it can be difficult to concentrate (for me as a reader) to FOCUS on words of wisdom when there is SO much to consider at one time. These sort of pieces are small, but precious and have good reason to stand on their own (as one), if written properly. You seem to do well with this, and I admire your work. I've written some haikus, myself. I also find that some people do not like them, nor even attempt to write them. Oh, and I also noticed all of those notes below your writings. *smile* It seems you've been lucky and you got some GOOD mentors in this world. I'm sure there are many good mentors on this site, but Brenda is my personal favorite. She is a gifted critiquer...by all means. Thanks, Donna 2004-10-03 23:47:29
The Counsel Of The TreesNancy Ann HemsworthHello Nancy, This is such a beautiful and softly spoken poem. I felt so much peace by reading it, and I was like a child (with her mother) as I read this. You made the 'sweet dreams' very clear, and the 'lullabies' were so captivating. Okay...now I've got to cover the 'other' stuff. *smile* You did very well in the first, three stanzas but did not follow through on the fourth. For example; there are five lines per stanza (with the very small exception of the third), and then you nailed it down to four lines and changed the rhyme scheme. You gave this poem a very good start, as it is quite lovely. You just seemed to let it go on the fourth stanza. I would not try and rhyme 'passed' and 'past' together; how about this: 'The shadows rose as moonlight [cast] [the olden] stories, drawn from the past' I also noticed you are light on the punctuation. This is fine, but a little more would not have hurt it. This poem flunctuates a bit, but it is sooo soothing. I would have appreciated a bit more work in the last stanza, and a little more explanation on 'the trees' -- you don't need to give it all away. *smile* Overall, this is a lovely piece! Regards, Donna 2004-08-11 04:13:54
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