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ashes_twisted commented on: October Rust by Astral_Tides 1 week 6 hours ago
Till death do us part,: When you have nothing left to hold onto it is only natural to let go.  How weird when reading this I had an impression of a marriage ceremony continuing on in the background. Beautiful workmanship as always.   Ashes.
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life_used_to_be... commented on: Retreat by life_used_to_be... 1 week 6 hours ago
Thank you Ashes: Thank you Ashes
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ashes_twisted commented on: Trash and Treasure by Astral_Tides 1 week 6 hours ago
Sometimes,: You don't see it. You feel it, you hear it. Poems are a song that yet have music and poets are the instruments that have yet to sing the perfect song. That's why we can't get enough. What will they sing to us next? What tune are they tinkering with now? Although, that saying does go "another's trash is another's treasure". Why some feel it's not good enough - where as another would go "this is what I was looking for - this fits my mood", but we as the readers must also remember to applaud.    Ashes.  
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ashes_twisted commented on: Retreat by life_used_to_be... 1 week 7 hours ago
Heart rendering : and an empowering ending.  I devoured every word.  You have a lot of lines I fell in love with. Great pen work.    Best, Ashes.
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Januarian commented on: Pruning by and_hera_met_zeus 1 week 9 hours ago
This has made me: This has made me want to try to grow one of my own.
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Astral_Tides commented on: Trash and Treasure by Astral_Tides 1 week 12 hours ago
Oh my, tis the Legendary: Oh my, tis the Legendary patriciajj left footstep in my realm. Woah.. I feel as though a celebrity has thrown their arm around my shoulder while passing by and gave a "thumbs up" What a treat, and I thank you for spending your precious time here with me. I was digging through an old closet and found this, and thought it was fun, so I gave it a breath to live from. You are awesome!    
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and_hera_met_zeus commented on: Pruning by and_hera_met_zeus 1 week 15 hours ago
Update: The poor plant that inspired this poem is still alive, but barely.  The good news is we have a clinical diagnosis, aphids.  Treatment is ongoing.  Unfortunately, more pruning will be necessary.  I will let our dear avocado plant know that you all are keeping it in your thoughts and prayers.   I'm doing better, myself.  :)
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Januarian commented on: Somewhere in Italy The List by djtj 1 week 16 hours ago
No problem.  : No problem.  
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djtj commented on: Somewhere in Italy The List by djtj 1 week 23 hours ago
Thanks : It's kinda weird but thanks with agreeing lol? and reading. 
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djtj commented on: Somewhere in Italy The List by djtj 1 week 23 hours ago
Thank you : Thank you always grasp the concept quickly and critique beautifully. I cleaned up some tense problems. 
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Januarian commented on: Tiny Square Heaven by patriciajj 1 week 1 day ago
I went to this poem for: I went to this poem for several reasons:  first and foremost, it is one of Patricia's, which automatically defines it as remarkable.  My other two criteria was that it had no comments on it yet, and that it has been posted here for years, and I wanted to see an example of her early work.  With real Poets, who have greatness in their work, one can usually see the tree within the acorn, so to speak.  Vergil's Aeneid is prefigured by his Eclogues; Dante's Divine Comedy has its beginning in The New Life.  And, as a Great Poet herself, Patriciajj's cosmic theme and perspective are already functional here.  Though an early poem, this is not a sophomore poem; not a practice poem; not a workshop poem.  It does not grope its way through the material; it strides through its material, with confidence and verve.  The roses in this poem arefeverish by day and drip moonlight by night, with an ancestral sense of Eden:  that is classic Patrucuajj.   I think of Dvorak's New World Symphony, numbered his ninth:  in which themes from each movement are repeated with variation in the successive movement, until they are all present in the fourth movement.  Patricia's themes, her imagery, and that wonderful cosmic perspective are like Dvorak's symphonic variations:  they are presented in this early poem, and will be developed, recombined, and represented as her collection of poems expands through time and the space of this website.    During my freshman undergad year, I began to study The Waste Land, by T. S. Eliot.  Being a naive freshman, whose previous poetic reading had been mostly limited to John Milton's poetry (and that, mostly to his late poems), I was amazed, even fascinated, by the nascences of The Waste Land that were contained in the earlier Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock, and the hauntingly eerie poems he entitled, "Preludes."  But Eliot's canon had been closed by is death, years before; I could not watch the poems develop.  The next year, I studied Vergil in the same way; and Vergil had been dead for nearly two millenia.  In my Junior year, October, 1978, I first began to read Wallace Stevens, and have never really stopped.  But his canon, also, was closed; no new poems would be forthcoming.     Now, in what I consider the last part of my life's course, I have the thrill of watching Patriciajj expand her Poetry, poem by poem.  I write long comments about them because they inspire and require the respect of a close and in-depth reading.  Just saying,"Great write!" (which is patently ungrammatical) and moving on to some other poet's stuff is not the right way to approach her Poems.  One must look at the components of her Poetry; the internal functions; the lines like the balanced gears and rods of a clockwork or of a steam locomotive---everything perfectly synchronized and moving the poem forward.  And this I can see---not looking back through time (I will not live long enough to look back at her through time), but watching it before my always delighted, and ever astounded, eyes.    
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patriciajj commented on: Trash and Treasure by Astral_Tides 1 week 1 day ago
What a sharp and intriguing: What a sharp and intriguing way to demonstrate that what we judge as worthless or worthy is all in the perspective. Your enlightened message also invites us to view the world through a lens of appreciation; who knows how many treasures we have overlooked in our blind sprint from day to day?     A deftly-crafted moment of wisdom. 
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Januarian commented on: Somewhere in Italy The List by djtj 1 week 1 day ago
I certainly agree with your: I certainly agree with your keen observations in appreciation of this work.
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Januarian commented on: Jellyfish by Pungus 1 week 1 day ago
I like the way certain lines,: I like the way certain lines, and only certain lines, feature rhyme or slant-rhyme.  To me, it adds an eerily gleeful tone to the poem's implicit horrific atmosphere.  It reminds me of line 202 of T. S. Eliot's poem, The Waste Land, his quotation from Verlaine's poetry. I think those two Symbolist Poets would recognize, in you, a kindred Symbolist Poet.
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Pungus commented on: Gentle Sir by Pungus 1 week 1 day ago
What A Pleasure!: A powerful compliment from a powerful poet.
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