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saiom commented on: Runner by Chadical 11 hours 57 min ago
  a day at a time each day:   a day at a time each day going a little further
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allets commented on: I like walls. by SSmoothie 12 hours 6 min ago
Walls: R 4 paintings. And 4 keeping out the riffraff. Good for keeping out wind rain ex associates. Like that :D  
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saiom commented on: Rise Up by TheKrook 12 hours 20 min ago
  the sunrise after the:   the sunrise after the night the resurrection after the crippling pain beautiful
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allets commented on: sand by language_game 16 hours 3 min ago
Sand: As time - nice image.
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allets commented on: PERPLEXED BY CYNICISM by georgeschaefer 16 hours 14 min ago
Louisiana Fusion: Maybe it should be heard. 
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allets commented on: AESTHETIC VALUES by georgeschaefer 16 hours 16 min ago
Data Pounding: I thought we got rid of that in the sixties. I like this writing big time. So compact, meaning emerges as it breathes and unwinds.  
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allets commented on: Unfinished Bridge To the Infinite by patriciajj 17 hours 40 min ago
Expressions Of Love: "crystal fire" beyond exquisite.  
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Starward commented on: FLAT EARTH by georgeschaefer 17 hours 41 min ago
And he was sure ahead of me: And he was sure ahead of me in 1974.  And he still is.  And, of course, every time I read him, the image of Lynn's beauty playfully interrupts my concentration.
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Starward commented on: Unfinished Bridge To the Infinite by patriciajj 17 hours 54 min ago
Can a reader every make a: Can a reader every make a final, summary comment on John Milton's verbal grandeur?  Or Wallace Stevens' precision in the deployment of his descriptions in support of his poems' search for the supreme fiction?  Or the elegaic emotion that permeates all of Vergil's poetry?  To comment on a poet of their quality---which means, a poet of Patriciajj's quality---is to invite the paradox that, while the poet seems to have an infinite number of ways to express the soul of his or her poetry, the reader who wishes to comment starts to go in circles because, in a response to the greatness of a particular poet's poetry, the commentor still finds a limitation in what can be said in response.  I think of two metaphors:  the earth follows the same annual ellipse around the sun, same path, year after year, and yet that path is what provides the variety of our seasons; and, when looking at, say, a huge mountain peak, how many ways can you really say how hight and elevated it is?  Finally, we must assume simply an admiring silence before the presence of the poem; the way, for example, one looks at the constellated sky and just allows it to flow over, and around, and through the consciousness without attempting to further define it.    And this is how I feel about this new poem Patriciajj has posted.  What I like about her perspective is that it always seems to function on a triple spectrum; perhaps I should say like the three sides of a triangle.  There is the acknowledgement of the common exprerience (the storm beginning to gather as the poem commences); there is the poet's personal perspective ("I choose art," "I will come here," "I will finally believe"); and there is her cosmic awareness ("no place to be alone," "return to the beginning of everything"); and here I realize (note to future grad students working on dissertations about her poetry:  this is my metaphor, not yours; do your own prep) that she triangulates every experience, consistently, from these perspectives.  This allows for her to construct both harmonies and counterpoints between the three perspectives; the way, to extend my metaphor, that writing a sonata for a trio, rather than a single instrument, allows for a more elaborate texture.  I was taught to read Wallace Stevens' poems with a doubled focus:  the individual poem, and its place in the overall development of his work:  "Peter Quince At The Clavier" is part of the same poetic cosmos as Auroras Of Autumn.  The same principle of reading obtains in Patriciajj's poetry on postpoems:  one cannot read one her individual poems (except, of course, one's very first experience of her poetry) without an awareness of the collection of which it is a part.  Another example is Shostakovich's use of the celesta in the third movement of his Fifth Symphony.  Heard on its own, it is very moving, emotionally; heard as part of the entire experience of the symphony, it is overwhelming.  This is what Patriciajj does---consistently, adroitly, and humbly (I use that third adverb because she never gives us a sense of "showing off"; no aspect of, "Hey, look what I can do").  She is one of the most powerful poets I have ever encountered, on and off the internet.  When I was first directed to Stevens' poetry, in 1978, I always had the question, in my mind, "What would it have been like to have watched this great universe in his poetry assemble itself, poem after poem, as well as having the finished, completed work in front of me?"  Now, I have had the great privilege of seeing a poetic cosmos develop right in front of me.  I do not think I shall live to see its completion; but what I have seen is so overwhelmingly satisfying that the completion is not the main point.  The journey, and not the arrival, is the more important experience; and for what time I have left, this journey through Patriciajj's always expanding universe is, to borrow a phrase from Stevens, one of the great experiences of life.
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Ankit commented on: WHERE CAN I FIND U by Ankit 21 hours 18 min ago
Hi, Thanks: Hi, Thanks
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patriciajj commented on: Two Wings to Fly by patriciajj 1 day 2 hours ago
I am truly sorry that I: I am truly sorry that I didn't thank you sooner. Things have been crazy lately, but that's no excuse. Thank you kindly for your wonderful feedback. 
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patriciajj commented on: Two Wings to Fly by patriciajj 1 day 3 hours ago
So honored to have you stop: So honored to have you stop by and appreciate my work. Means so much! 
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patriciajj commented on: Spirit by darkpool 1 day 3 hours ago
Transcending time and space,: Transcending time and space, and this brief, earthly adventure, you expand our vision to include our true existence, and you do it with regal style and hypnotic musicality. A thrilling, elevating and eloquent inner journey. Love it! 
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allets commented on: Two Wings to Fly by patriciajj 1 day 4 hours ago
"...what my soul has been up to": I like that line. Introspection worthy.      
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georgeschaefer commented on: BACK TO YOU by georgeschaefer 1 day 8 hours ago
thank you, the kind words are: thank you, the kind words are appreciated.
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