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Starward commented on: @ 27.055 MHz: Les Bois!; Haters' Condolences On The Burial Of My Love [Repost] by Starward 1 day 4 hours ago
One of the worst bad habits I: One of the worst bad habits I acquired in the circumstances of how I was "brought up," was to miss opportunities to express my appreciation.  My parents believed that compliments were, for the most part, an undeserved luxury and that a sincere thank you was for more appropriate.  Too many opportunities for expression have been lost to me, and I regret each and every one.  And, at this stage of my life, I will not lose another one.    Since October of 1976, my life has been touched---impacted---blessed by three great (please read that as GREAT!!!) Poets (read that as POETS!!!):  T. S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, and Patriciajj.  And, in my mind, the first two---historically---are not better than the latter one:  all three are equal stars in the constellation that, for me, definies the art, the achievement, and the effect of Poetry (read POETRY here and in all further references).  But, while my conversation and contact with Old Possum and Pop Stevens are decidedly one-sided, I have been given the tremendous privilege of being able to receive communication---thanks to the internet and to Postpoems.com---from you.  Just like astronomers can study light that, due to distance, might come from stars that have, in real time, alread vanished away, so I can bask in the light of Eliot's and Stevens' poetry although they, too, have left this plane of existence.  But, like our sun's light, I can bask in the light of your poetry, in real time.  As in our sun's light, I can thrive and perceive that which requires and rewards a concentrated perception.  During my undergrad years, one of my greatest frustrations was that Stevens and Eliot, whose poetry remained, were still beyond the reach of actual communication---I could not ask them questions, because, by then, only remarks (recorded through whatever means) or academic scholars could answer for the Poets.  But I can communicate with you through postpoems., and, I often wryly observe with a broad smile, future scholars of your poetry (and it will have future scholars, of that I am most fanatacally sure) will envy me---the way scholars of our time envied Sam Morse who, as an undergrad, met and had conversations with Pop Stevens.      In summary (yes; though verbose, I have gotten there), though you are part of that supreme constellation, you are also not light years away, as the other two are.  Your light illuminates in real time, not from the past as a cross a page, but glowing on the screen as soon as you have posted it.  Stevens died before I was born; Eliot died when I was six (I vaguely remember reading of it, the following year, in a "yearbook of events" for 1965), but you, Patricia, are blessedly alive and, through the internet, your poetic life intersects with what remains of mine, privileging me beyond my wildest undergrad dreams.
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patriciajj commented on: @ 27.055 MHz: Les Bois!; Haters' Condolences On The Burial Of My Love [Repost] by Starward 1 day 7 hours ago
Always a pleasure. I'm so: Always a pleasure. I'm so pleased I could do justice to this multifaceted work of art. 
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saiom commented on: * Poems One Plus One 6 Poems by saiom 2 days 6 hours ago
  Dear Ernest, Thank you for:   Dear Ernest, Thank you for projecting such beauty onto my short poems. Infinite returns for your kindness
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allets commented on: Thin Air by Beavis 2 days 7 hours ago
Nice Lines: Well said. -Lady A
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allets commented on: peaceful easy feeling by word_man 2 days 7 hours ago
Hope All Is Well: Hi redshirt. So many have left. Poetry is my best mode of saying so I don't stay away long. I may die, pushing 72 and feeling it, but the poems come yet. Miss you very much. I know I am difficult always have been that's a part of my genius. I stand apart and observe which is a good thing to do when most of the people around you are doing it wrong. I have six years of university I've published over 13 books and I'm not sure whether or not that solidifies my place in history. Should do it, the question is whether or not we are going to have some history for it to survive in. That said I wish you well and happy holidays. Do something for a kid. I have an extensive library and it was difficult to part with my children but I sent books to two different families in my family for the young people; for the teenagers who don't read much. I sent jigsaw puzzles and a note from great aunt Stella. It was a fun thing to do, to share my love for books. I have collections, a complete set of Samuel r Delaney, a whole lot of Laurel K Hamilton's 11 I think and Tom Clancy's I love his work. . Off to listen to jazz. Snow and rain tomorrow. Joints complaining. If I die, I am glad to have met you. . Lady A .
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Wordman commented on: Halos by Wordman 2 days 7 hours ago
Thanks Stephen, glad you: Thanks Stephen, glad you enjoyed that, just keeping the imagination fresh, and the hope alive.
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Cascade commented on: Clouds by saiom 2 days 14 hours ago
Quite lovely!: Quite lovely!
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Cascade commented on: Painting the Tainted by Cascade 2 days 14 hours ago
Thank you so much for: Thank you so much for stopping by, dear poet. 
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allets commented on: I’m Sorry, But by djtj 2 days 19 hours ago
So: It has to be, again. Like poem. Honest. Happy Christmas and wishing "you" undisturbed sleep for the holidays . Lady A
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allets commented on: Room Reflected In A Bulb by allets 2 days 19 hours ago
Nostalgic: 4 The Season . LadyA  
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Starward commented on: Room Reflected In A Bulb by allets 2 days 21 hours ago
An excellent treatment of: An excellent treatment of this holiday phenomenon.  Those particular bulbs always fascinated me in my childhood, and my parents had quite a collection of them (among many ornaments).  Decorating the Christmas on Thanksgiving Day evening was a long standing tradition in my family, and kept us from succumbing to afternoon naps after consuming far too much turkey (as I always did, in a tradition of my own, lol).
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Starward commented on: @ 27.055 MHz: Les Bois!; Haters' Condolences On The Burial Of My Love [Repost] by Starward 2 days 21 hours ago
I am most grateful for this: I am most grateful for this exquisitely accurate understanding of the poem, and the effect it is meant to create.  Please accept my sincere thanks, and the clumsy words with which I express my gratitude for your kindness.  My debt to you---for your understanding and your encouragement---transcends both ordinary words and ordinary measures.  And, when you comment on one of my poems, I see it in a new and different light than when I wrote it.  And thanks for calling the socks highly symbolic---I am very grateful for that.
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Starward commented on: Footnote: Advice To A Parent by Starward 2 days 21 hours ago
Thank you.  I hope I have not: Thank you.  I hope I have not been gone that long, but thanks for the kind comment.  As for Christmas poems, that's a good suggestion for an Advent observation.  Thanks again.
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allets commented on: Footnote: Advice To A Parent by Starward 2 days 21 hours ago
Kayakuchuu: Welcome back! Definitely encourager. Your Christmas poems sir? :D
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patriciajj commented on: @ 27.055 MHz: Les Bois!; Haters' Condolences On The Burial Of My Love [Repost] by Starward 2 days 23 hours ago
One of your best! Magnificent: One of your best! Magnificent in its power to move, crush and then revive the heart, and also to remain defiant, with eloquent dignity, against persecutors who take perverse pleasure in destroying something that is perhaps too beautiful for this world.   The symbolism, chilling and atmospheric, carries the weight of your triumphant, earth-stirring message about the indestructible nature of love, and I couldn't imagine any words that could describe it more gloriously than these:   " 'I have remained in my residence in your heart, quite comfortably  installed, and shown every courtesy.' "   You wrapped it up with the charming visual that is something of a trademark for casual, authentic inner and outer beauty and, of course, the highly symbolic socks make their appearance and have the last word.    A stunning accomplishment.       
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