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Poem TitlePoet NameCritique Given by Gene DixonCritique Date
Broken BridgeDeniMari Z.DeniMari - We're in Wonderland, Alice, and anything can happen so...keep spinning, watch out for walruses and jabberwocks and take a hit on whatever it is the caterpillar is smoking in that hookah! I greatly cognize on your observations and observe that truth is twisted...kind of like a pretzel but.. not as tasty! (just as salty, though!) This hits the mark as an ode to today's mindless minds! Peace Gene2008-09-18 14:12:05
Blue Suits and BiblesJames C. HorakJames - Your poem brings to mind images of the "bible salesmen" going through the coal-mining town of my youth. They were as you described..."condor-looking, taloned handed, blue-suited purveyors of some misty dream...kind of like the snake-oil salesmen that usually came on their heels. They all came across as carrying on some monumental scam. That may not be what your poem is about but that's how it hit me and, I guess, that's the bottom line. We are all at the mercy of our reader's perceptions. It's a good read, from my perch (somewhere below the predators but a branch beyond the wrens) Peace Gene PS - Your response to my critique of "Entirety" opened things up for me. So...it was all about that "collidor" thing and men playing God. Now I get the point! I'm posting an old one of mine (Oppenheimer's Lament) that sort of deals with the same subject. I'd be interested in your take on it. Thanks Gene2008-09-15 17:13:52
EntiretyJames C. HorakJames - Not as enigmatic as your previous entry but...puzzling just the same (at least the first line) "An integer integral to another..." Let's see...an integer is a number; integral means essential to completeness - I think about that and my mind get stuck on "does that mean that 1 is integral to 11? And...so...what then? Well, I guess I'll let that stew awhile before going at it again. I'm getting these "flash in the pan" comparisons..sort of like one trick ponies (what happens when the one trick is done?) You've got that Earth/law thing right though...It seems that most of Earth - especially its more "civilized inhabitants - are getting more and more heedless of "laws." I like this but...I need more time to digest. Peace Gene2008-09-11 17:19:06
Simple TruthJames C. HorakJames - This is a little less than exquisite, a whole lot more than merely "good." The reader gets caught in the enigma presented ...Honor cannot exist outside the presence of truth so, if one despises truth, can anything existing outside of truth be admirable? Can the dishonorable be truthful? Maybe...but only regarding their dishonor. But then...can anything a dishonorable (therefor untrustworthy) person says be believed? At any rate...this is a poem worthy of the appellation. Peace Gene2008-09-08 19:24:20
Came Into BlossomDellena RovitoDellena - This speaks Spring and its first floral encounters in a unique yet familiar way. Kind of Emily Dickenson-ish to me. Very nicely done. It fits well in the idyllic genre. I like the structure. It sort of creates a winding path through the flowers... Peace Gene2007-05-02 11:13:41
Sewingmarilyn terwillegerMarilyn - Nicely done! You handle the imagery very well... they fairly grow from each line as the eye reads. Your honoring of the day...the sun...is sort of antithesis to Shakespeare's "...all the world will be in love with the night and pay no worship to the garish sun." - and works well as such. Good job! Peace Gene2007-05-02 11:07:04
StrokingKenneth R. PattonKenneth - Yes, we do, don't we? Not many will admit to the need but you do so very nicely and succinctly here. Were it my choice - and it isn't so that makes this only an opinion - I would excise the parallelism...the repetitive "depending on.." That's a difficult device to use successfully (usually only works in litanies). Say it once like: "Depending on our fears, our needs, our history." Feels a bit stronger. (Just an opinion, of course) Peace Gene2007-04-13 19:37:40
Autumn morningMark Andrew HislopMAH - A bit out of season for an Autumn idyll, no? I know the weather has been weird but..it IS April and Spring, right? Seriously...for this type poem to be successful, the images have to be very sharp - not an easy thing to do with words (as opposed to paintbrushes). You've accomplished that...rather easily, it seems! Nice Peace Gene2007-04-13 19:25:45
Western wallMark Andrew HislopMAH - One of my favorite poetic devices is imagery. I love the way a good poem builds a picture in the mind's eye...slowly - stroke by stroke - and this is achieved by only the best of poets in only the best of poems...like this one. The first stanza isn't as strong as it could be but, combined with the oh-so-subtle rhymes does its job in support of the total. The second stanza really brings out the special imagery that is found in the best of poems, like this one. I do have to say, however, that I'm not surprised. Peace Gene Dixon 2007-04-10 13:41:34
In Time...and OutJames C. HorakJames - My guess...the Great White Bush (If not him specifically then it's the entire administration...they all fit this description) This is not your usual voice, right? From your pen I am more used to a tighter, more disciplined form. This is kind of loose...a definite change (not for the worse...!!) It feels like a modulation in a musical piece. (I'm rambling, now) To get back to the poem...I like what you say here...but not so much the way it is being said. The loose, more familiar form doesn't give the message the same bite you might have imparted had the poem been structured in your usual style. Regardless of my musings...a good poem...a good write...a good read. Peace Gene Dixon 2007-04-10 13:27:15
my first tankacharles r pittsCharles - A tanka it is, according to the syllabic count! According top the words and phrases, it is an emotional, energy-packed poem. A vivid pictue of two "somethings", circling...looking for the opening...all started by that should-be-avoided gesture - eye contact in hostile territory. Good work. Enjoyable read. Peace Gene 2007-04-02 15:35:46
Ricky Wants A TractorEllen K LewisEllen - Great portrait in words...exactly what a poem should be ...filled with wonderful imagery and having a soul of its own. Nice work Peace, Gene2007-04-02 15:30:27
8 p.m.: The Saturday Evening PostThomas Edward WrightTW - So, who gets locked in and...who gets locked out, and...why? The locked ins to protect them from the locked outs? Or vice-versa (which I always thought meant Latin porno poetry) Although I don't say it often (typical of us Celtic suitors who check first on your father's supply of the juice of the barley before making commitments of any kind), I really enjoy your poetry...mostly because I have to read it several times before the heart of it hits me. Watch out for those Papal Bulls. They have no fear of red capes or swords! Peace - Gene Dixon 2005-04-24 18:06:27
HerzogRachel F. SpinozaRachel - (A long time ago you told me to call you "Roni" and I asked permission to continue to call you "Rachel" because I think it is such a beautiful name...may I continue?) Great poem and great tribute. Would that I could write like that (Saul AND you) and engender such admiration. First line is fantastic! "Bellow, bellow, bellow" - both an entreaty and an annoucment of the man...really sets up the poem superbly! And..because of the first line's effectiveness, I would remove the "and bellowed" from the third stanza. It feels like a weak redundancy to me. Minor glitch, though...as I said, Super!!! Peace - Gene2005-04-21 12:50:05
Duel for a Paper DollarLynda G SmithLynda, Well! How very nice! Rare around these parts to see a nicely rhymed, lyrical (metrical, even!) poem. Simple, uncomplicated yet perfectly suited rhymes...nothing twisted or stretched. Enjambment...properly and effectively used...clever (very clever!) use of language...a poem that is technically - and poetically - right on! Yes, a rarity in these parts and you are to be congratulated for that. Here's hoping you don't get singed by some of the critics here...some of whom can't tell their assonance from a rhyme scheme! Nice piece, nice work! Peace, Gene Dixon2005-03-15 11:19:05
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