This Poem was Submitted By: Regis L Chapman On Date: 2004-01-26 17:37:08 . . . Click Here To Mail this Poem to a Friend!

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Alliterate poem with noun vowel and verb Calamity of letters starting lines Releasing powers not meant for mimes Of literary form, for forms sake State clearly topics from mere blurb Take the risk to disturb Insult, make to laugh, or bust-a-rhyme Confer knowledge or admit this mistake...

Copyright © January 2004 Regis L Chapman

Additional Notes:
My first acrostic poem. I wanted to talk about poetry itself, and the silly little disciplines we subject ourselves to as poets. I also thought it should be funny. Let me know what you think, folks.

This Poem was Critiqued By: Erzahl Leo M. Espino On Date: 2004-02-01 01:05:47
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 9.61538
Hi Regis, Wow, this is a wonderful attempt. Now, I see you are also lured with this kind of format. Thanks to Turner who introduced this style to TPL, his contagious inspiration influence a lot of our friends here, including you and me. Quite unique and different, you address the acrostic for the word itself ACROSTIC. I find it clever and original. Starting the piece with “Alliterate poem with noun vowel and verb” is appropriate. It immediately addressed the sound beauty of alliteration within the constraints of nouns and verbs. The use of the word “Calamity” is so lyrical. Using the phrase “releasing powers” supports the word “calamity”. You have explained properly the intentions of Acrostic. From its artistic form of communication with either subjects that “disturbs”, “insults”, a comedy, a rhyming, informative, or self realizations, you deliver the message with truth and familiarity. Only a true poet can dissect and do this. Thanks for the reflections Regis. We are here in TPL, yes, to share our ideas, opinions and beliefs through a free-verse and even in this formatted style. Thanks for the reminders. I sure enjoy the read! As always, Erzahl :)

This Poem was Critiqued By: marilyn terwilleger On Date: 2004-01-27 15:44:41
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 9.50000
Hi Regis, It is humerous and you are so right...we do limit and discipline ourselves when writing poetry. Perhaps we do that because it is a challange or just because it is written that we must do that to be poetically correct....'Calamity of letters starting lines" the use of 'calamity'here is quite clever...."State clearly topics from mere blurb" it is not unusual to read some poems that actually are written that way which makes getting into the poets mind nearly impossible...."Take the risk to disturb" this risk can be a good thing..if the reader is somewhat disturbed then the poet has done a good job, if that was the intention. Which also holds true with your next line...I am not sure about the insult as I don't think I would do that on purpose but to make the reader laugh is a real talent on the part of the poet. I am no expert on acrostic poetry but it looks to me like you have followed the guidelines and injected humor quite well. Good job. Peace...Marilyn
This Poem was Critiqued By: Mick Fraser On Date: 2004-01-26 21:10:19
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 9.20000
Hi Reeg; Congrats on your first. Unfortunately, I find these too addictive, once I wrote my first I couldn't stop for a few days. I hope that the acrostic drug doesn't addict you too. I may be trying double and triple acrostics next, kind of like a crossword puzzle. Your offering covers all the bases and is a pleasure to read. I loved the "calamity of letters" "state cleearly topics" "take the risk to disturb" (my favourite part of my acrostics) but of course the funny ones that make me laugh are always the ones that make me happy. I enjoyed this very much. Take care. Mick
This Poem was Critiqued By: Claire H. Currier On Date: 2004-01-26 20:53:09
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 9.55769
I not only think but feel for a first time at bat you did yourself proud...the form is true to the acoustic form, your words bring forth what is meant to be and images are released as one reads down and across. It has a good flow to it my friend and I thank you for posting and for a job well safe, God Bless, Claire
This Poem was Critiqued By: Debbie L Fischer On Date: 2004-01-26 20:03:51
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 9.87500
Hi Regis, Wonderful first acrostic. Not only do you make use of each letter well, you do indeed strike a chord of laughter as I think of how and what we subject ourselves to in the name of writing. Acrostic are not easy to write where the words and meaning flows but you've done just that. Humor never hurts and you bring a smile to my face. Thanks for sharing. Deb:)
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