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saiom commented on: Hummingbird in the Works by owlcrkbrg 1 day 18 hours ago
  I love your iconoclastic:   I love your iconoclastic humor.. even when tinged by sadness        
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owlcrkbrg commented on: One Morning in Gay Paris by owlcrkbrg 1 day 18 hours ago
Thanks, Saiom: Plato sort of did. More like censored them: https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v20/n10/m.f.-burnyeat/art-and-mimesis-in-plato-s-republic   
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saiom commented on: Methodic Madness by ugonna 1 day 18 hours ago
positive and trulyl: positive and truly beautiful   Thank you for being on site and please invite your friends to join
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Starward commented on: One Morning in Gay Paris by owlcrkbrg 1 day 18 hours ago
I sure did, and still do. : I sure did, and still do.  Your succinct poetry has a very high quality---both accessible and profound (and so many poens fail to achieve that crucial balance).  Thanks again for posting this poem.
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saiom commented on: Circa 1976: Elegy For The Young Poet, "Soselo" by Starward 1 day 18 hours ago
 I never knew Stalin had:   I never knew Stalin had been a poet.  Thank you I searched and found this by him. It is the only poem included by Wikipedia.   ""The pinkish bud has opened, Rushing to the pale-blue violet And, stirred by a light breeze, The lily of the valley has bent over the grass."   Was the thorn of Stalin necessary to remove the thorn of Hitler? God knows. I don't.      
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saiom commented on: Sunday Morning by word_man 1 day 18 hours ago
  your words summon the:   your words summon the feeling
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saiom commented on: In the Church of Ordinary Miracles by patriciajj 1 day 18 hours ago
  magnificent :   magnificent 
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saiom commented on: One Morning in Gay Paris by owlcrkbrg 1 day 18 hours ago
Re guillotines:   Some animal labs still use little guillotines to kill their subject mice   I never knew that Plato had banned poets.   A great poem
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saiom commented on: Martin Sheen's Uncommon Courage by saiom 1 day 18 hours ago
  Dear Stephen, I've been:   Dear Stephen, I've been wanting to post this for you. If you scroll down on the link below there is a video of Bill Maher describing the research being done at Texas A & M on dogs. Maher says dogs are man's best friend but Texas A & M is their worst enemy. He goes on with a very powerful and informed description. Tufts broke dog legs in their labs. Johns Hopkins developed a Blalock Press (by Dr Blalock) which tested how many pounds of pressure dogs' bones could take before they broke, etc etc https://www.peta.org/features/celebrities-against-animal-testing/
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saiom commented on: Martin Sheen's Uncommon Courage by saiom 1 day 19 hours ago
  I agree, P Thank you:   I agree, P Thank you
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saiom commented on: Animal Synecdoche by saiom 1 day 19 hours ago
Your chart indicates you have: Your writing indicates you have compassion for the suffering https://theintercept.com/2020/05/29/pigs-factory-farms-ventilation-shutd...
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saiom commented on: Recreational Use of Pot by saiom 1 day 19 hours ago
  Thanks for your everpresent:   Thanks for your everpresent kindness Patricia
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allets commented on: Here's The Deal by allets 1 day 20 hours ago
History's Lessons: Communication in another language. Believe me, evoking Besty was soooo out  there! Still, the future like the present is bright. A few more usa citizens are homeless and starving. It is war on hunger time, the blue collars are in breadlines. That won't do. Poor people starving - build more prisons. Ex GM worker with no Netflix REVOLT! History sent ideas we might revisit. If Trump wins via manipulation, 2/3 of popular vote could change Constitution and revise electoral college - right now delegatess do not have to cast state vote for who they represent. Why? Now, they can be bought or extorted.. It's the same old game. Trust me. Black folks have been living on hope and little else 400 years. Survival is the success , being alive is the goal. Ask any burned out Coloradoan. . ...a .    
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allets commented on: Here's The Deal by allets 1 day 20 hours ago
Lady Liberty: "Give me your tired, your poor." unless you are from Guatemala, Haiti, or Cuba. 11 million new Sourth Amer origined usa citizens changes the electoral paradigm. Overall, folk here eventually settle into their  redlined niches. History has lessons we will be forced to evoke and learn from again. Eventually. When huge numbers of citizens start throwing away rosary beads and Jesus on Cross parerphernalia...worry. Most people here are still free And Constitutionally protected. Most years. ...a  
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Starward commented on: XLIX, 3, The Shocking Demise Of Poetry by Starward 1 day 22 hours ago
Thank you for both of your: Thank you for both of your comments.  I admit a prejudice toward a more informed, or even scholarly, poetry---a poetry aware of its literary precedents, of the great ones who have preceded it, and with the expectation that reader is equipped with more than a nosy curiosity; in other words, the poetry of Callimachus, John Milton, T. S. Eliot, and J.V. Cunningham.  One of the great, and underserved, privileges of my life was the opportunity, during my senior year in high school and then my undergrad four, to study with scholars who preferred, and taught (and taught very well) this kind of poetry.  In our own era, as poetry continues to become a tool of the demotic, and just one more vehicle for saying,"Oh, woe is me," time will determine which poems are the cream and which are the curds; and Eternity, the one I believe in qnd for which I hope, will fix and finalize, once and for all, the great and summary Canon of literature.   This thought dame to my mind, something I had not considered for decades, another influence on my attitude toward poetry is some of the narrator's aside comments in Roger Zelazny's great science fiction story, "A Rose For Ecclesiastes."
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