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Starward commented on: Footnote: On Writing Haiku Or Tanka, 1 by Starward 1 week 4 days ago
Thank you very much.  You: Thank you very much.  You know---I most dearly hope you know---that I have the utmost respect for your poetry, and your comments; and I respect this comment no less.  I think, however, that the respect for the formal rules of certain forms (sonnets, Haiku and Tanka, blank verse as iambic pentameter) is too much ingrained in the very fabric of my soul to become comfortable with variations on those rules.  Some time ago, I read a very intensely moving, unrhymed poem of thirteen lines; and in the notes to the poem, the Poet called it a sonnet (and I cringed).  Formalism was part of my literary upbringing:  such that, immediately after my undergrad years, I found Eliot's free verse (even in the Quartets, and especially in the plays) inferior to Wallace Stevens' more regular iambic pentameter.  Most likely this preference for the formal rules makes me a fossil, but, after all, fossils are sought by collectors and can remind us of the ancient, even mysterious, past.      Thank you for the comment; I am always grateful for your words.
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crypticbard commented on: The traditional thanksgiving turkey by Pungus 1 week 4 days ago
The sublime terror and: The sublime terror and anticipation! That 50/50 chance of it going either way, nothing like that swell at landings, entrances, vestibules, doorways and archways and doorsteps. 
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crypticbard commented on: To ALL of Postpoems' Poets, For Thanksgiving Day by Starward 1 week 4 days ago
Decanted is one of those: Decanted is one of those magical words and not just for bibbing. A blessed thanksgiving and gratitude all around; and to poets both present, past and emerging. 
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crypticbard commented on: Footnote: On Writing Haiku Or Tanka, 1 by Starward 1 week 4 days ago
The contention that arises: The contention that arises and also that brings most tension in these adaptations are the occasional dilemma that presents itself in the form of individual languages' differences in structure and employment. Languages don't always behave in the same manner and fashion at all times and when subjecting words and lines to structures that on that specific occasion the adapting grammar and syntax won't allow, then the resulting line proves forced and stilted. So when that happens what is the author to do but go to the heart and purpose of these structures and guides, the intent and soul of the form. Form should be the vehicle, the means of displaying the soul and not the other way around. It took many years to warm to this understanding before I could face and begin to enjoy e.g. haiku that is outside the 5-7-5 format, etc. And in so doing gained a better appreciation and respect for 5-7-5 in English that does conform and exemplify the source genre, in other languages other than the original. But that's probably much said in this space.
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crypticbard commented on: NEW MILLENNIAL NIGHTMARE by georgeschaefer 1 week 4 days ago
Recognition brings a: Recognition brings a realization and awareness so that nightmare looks to be a time bomb
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Pungus commented on: Satanic seed by Pungus 1 week 4 days ago
The artiste: Lol, thanks for the tasty title- you pluck those harpstrings like a pro
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crypticbard commented on: Flavour by SSmoothie 1 week 4 days ago
Good to hear it come from: Good to hear it come from others as well, manufactured flavours are quite a challenge to deal with but ones that are birthed and compels us are the authentic flavours that seek to break into poetic light. Let it shine bright!
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crypticbard commented on: Catching Butterflies by satishverma 1 week 4 days ago
When a snake charmer loses: When a snake charmer loses his calm that is when all of the proverbial hell breaks loose.
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Pungus commented on: Toying with cliché by Pungus 1 week 4 days ago
Thanks buddyboy- and also: I was inspired by your style the whole time while writing this.
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SSmoothie commented on: Lost sometimes by SSmoothie 1 week 5 days ago
My goodness! I don't know: My goodness! I don't know what to say, I'm blushing and deeply touched that someone with your poetic and prose  prowess and intellect that can discern and disect each drop of value in poems o could just read your thoughts on things for hours! Thank you kindly you and Patriciaj are amongst the highest of highs in my poetic.book, and as finds of course! I do owe.many thanks to.so many of you for helping me.grow, beavis, ninety, cascade, word man, healing woman,  rhythm of contention, Ashley, Stephen, D moonshadow, inkstan, Burke, astral tides, running with rabbits,  bern, dovely, so many more i can't keep writing ill be writing all night! Maybe I'll.add then.later I case they read this? Anyways especially Allets God rest her soul,  you are all so special to me but the glorious way you write and express ideas is truly amazing to me and inspiring! Deepest thanks from this humble dyslexic who only just began to read at the age of 13. 
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Starward commented on: THANKFUL FOR MY FAMILY AND ALL THE FAMILIES OUT THERE by joy 1 week 5 days ago
This is quite a poem!: This is quite a poem!
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Starward commented on: @ 27.055 MHz: Ad Astra; He Tells You He Likes You For More [Repost] by Starward 1 week 5 days ago
Thank you very much.  I: Thank you very much.  I appreciate your comment very much.  I think the poem exists in order to present that last line, and those words came right out of nowhere while I was looking for a way to conclude it.  Thanks for the validation; and thanks for commenting during this difficult time.
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Starward commented on: I'm Thankful To Have The Lord by randyjohnson 1 week 6 days ago
I applaud this excellent: I applaud this excellent testimony.
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Starward commented on: Footnote: On Writing Haiku Or Tanka, 2 by Starward 1 week 6 days ago
Thank you.  I agree that the: Thank you.  I agree that the difference between a flower and a weed is often a judgement; but is it, also, an aesthetic judgement.  And yes, real weeds do have to struggle against adversity.  But literary weeds are, possibly, something else altogether.
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crypticbard commented on: FOR ONE MAYBE BEYOND THIS REALM by Stephen 1 week 6 days ago
Reluctant acceptance is: Reluctant acceptance is acceptance, of course minus the bravado and intensity. Just like going gently into that good night. And yet whether we go quietly or kicking and screaming, off we go beyond this realm. Perhaps all insanity is equal on either side of the membrane that separates parallel realities. But that is just a conjecture on my part.
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