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Starward commented on: Can you still love my poetry by SSmoothie 18 hours 34 min ago
The sheer candor of this poem: The sheer candor of this poem gives it a tremendous verbal power; and the short lines resonate like a conversation overheard, a conversation not hesitant to address certain difficult details in the search and effort to become more inclusive.  But the actual spiritual center of the poem is in the final fourteen lines, beginning with the phrase "An endless exploration . . ."  At this point, the poem soars into a poetic engagement with three huge literary sources:  T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets (especially "Little Gidding"); Wallace Stevens' great summary poem, "The Planet On The Table," and various parts of Dante's Divine Comedy.  With these, your poem reminds us that Poetry is the supreme human communication---and that it functions both as a personal expression and as a communal expression, what Mallarme called, "mots de la tribu" in his poem about the tomb of Poe.  Poetry is a birdge between the intensely personal and the shared communal---and like a functional bridge, it does not favor either point but provides a link between them.  Your poem demonstrates this in a very accessible way, and I applaud what you have accomplished here.
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Starward commented on: @ /;\ Les Bois! : A Friday Night In July, In The Mid-Seventies by Starward 19 hours 10 min ago
Thank you.  I have said: Thank you.  I have said before, and I will not hesitate to say it now, your comments help this series to keep going.  Thank you so much for the encouragement.
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vjochum commented on: DEVIL'S ADVOCATE by georgeschaefer 20 hours 29 min ago
If this is a self definition: If this is a self definition then you are very clear as to what your frame of mind is.  You are not alone.  I know someone who could've written this themselves as a self definition.  The only thing missing here is the living in squawler and many cats for companions. This other person has a mental disease of schizoaffect disorder with bipar mood swings  and psychotic breaks from over use of self medicating with hallucinogens and booze.  It is a sad existence, an existence that is sadder than the reality he "thinks" brought him to this point. But that is what this disease does. Nasty. May the God you don't believe in enter your soul and bring you to a path leading you into the Light which is buried deep inside you wanting to shine. 
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patriciajj commented on: @ /;\ Les Bois! : A Friday Night In July, In The Mid-Seventies by Starward 22 hours 31 min ago
With grace and alluring: With grace and alluring skill, you once again reached way, way up and drew the ancient worlds down. I loved the way you constructed your lover from star stuff—not only accurate according to physics but mystically significant and poetically dazzling.   The serene passion and soft-flowing magnetism is palpable in the casual, intimate conversation you have with the reader. And then there's that bonus delight: sticking it to the stuffy parents.    Another radiant moment in your starlit idyll. 
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patriciajj commented on: Swirling Stones by Dalton 22 hours 57 min ago
I read this twice because: I read this twice because there's so much hypnotic, metaphorical magic woven into each line that I wanted to unpack every bit of it. The imagery and symbolism is absolutely transporting. An amazing journey. 
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patriciajj commented on: Whaaaaat??? by Dalton 23 hours 4 min ago
Whatever you're doing to: Whatever you're doing to snatch brilliance from thin air, keep it up!  A wisp of magic. Such talent . . .
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patriciajj commented on: Country Choir by saiom 23 hours 8 min ago
A choir that can raise the: A choir that can raise the roof of our spirits. Instant bliss. Excellent! 
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patriciajj commented on: Genie Within by saiom 23 hours 13 min ago
Just the reminder I needed to: Just the reminder I needed to guide me back to who I really am. A profound injection of power. Well said! 
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patriciajj commented on: Poltergeist Wind by saiom 23 hours 16 min ago
Breathtaking! Three very: Breathtaking! Three very significant and furious actions are happening simultaneously in your brilliant metaphor. A triumph. 
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patriciajj commented on: Suspended by SSmoothie 23 hours 23 min ago
Simply magnificent! I love: Simply magnificent! I love how you froze the moment in mid-passion and evoked a sense of anticipation, leaving us in a dizzying freefall at the end. Now that's talent! I want to quote a favorite line but I can't. This entire deluge of brilliance is a stand-out creation. Bravo! 
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patriciajj commented on: Questions to ignore? by SSmoothie 23 hours 34 min ago
It's refreshing to read: It's refreshing to read something by a someone who thinks outside the Great Divide, the tribalism that is the real crisis. We're all in our own bubbles, but to be aware that you're in a bubble . . . now, that's enlightenment, that's ultimate reality. I like how you invite the reader to, not necessarily listen to you, but to think for themselves, in other words, to be a danger to a profit-driven, controlling system and a free agent for their own truth.    So many quotable lines in your earth-shaking and powerful call to use our brains. And that's something we can all agree on. 
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patriciajj commented on: Can you still love my poetry by SSmoothie 1 day 14 sec ago
Oh, how I get this! In a: Oh, how I get this! In a brilliant sweep of questions and shrewd observations, you guide us back to the only way to live: to be our authentic selves regardless of their judgement, even at the risk of losing their love, which is certainly not the unconstitutional love we deserve. Eloquent wisdom from a great artist and an enlightened being. 
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patriciajj commented on: In the Last Green Hours by patriciajj 1 day 22 min ago
I'm incredibly honored that: I'm incredibly honored that you stopped by and thrilled to receive such gorgeous feedback. Thank you, wonderful wordweaver. 
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SSmoothie commented on: Questions to ignore? by SSmoothie 1 day 5 hours ago
No sheep, no power either: No sheep, no power either way. Each will read their own biases into this piece and that's perfectly ok. What is not okay is to be uninformed by relying on one source afraid to look at another because it might conflict with what you believe in, but there's no other way to look for it, one day o wonder will we ever find it? Thank God for faith it covers a whole lot of potholes...
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Wordman commented on: Not Quite Time. by sweetwater 1 day 6 hours ago
Even at the hint of Autumns: Even at the hint of Autumns kiss, leaves blush their smile.  Nicely painted, your words always leave a lasting image. Thank you, it's always a pleasure.
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