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Ted L Glines New Boston / Texas / United States, Male, 75
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  • (1/11/2009 9:42:00 AM)

    Well penned, Lago. You have captured the idea of love as a bondage, a joyful hope and also a painful bond. I think you did very well with this concept. May your joy increase and your pain desist : -)

    Ted

  • POEM: Asylum Earth by Dr Hitesh Sheth (1/11/2009 1:28:00 AM)

    Good message, and so true. Our planet is one large madhouse full of ideologies about power, where hatred is the common language acted out constantly through all levels of abuse. We see this played out 24 hours per day on CNN, and, as a populace, we are no longer shocked by outrageous atrocities. In this asylum, horrors play out as our Reality Show. Finally, here on our huge asylum, we build small asylums (to protect the residents from us?) .

  • POEM: *** Love or Lust *** by Sulaiman Mohd Yusof (1/10/2009 8:25:00 AM)

    Well expressed, Sulaiman, and it surely is a killing field where love and lust must slaughter each other when compassion and empathy are absent. Here in 'the west, ' too many people confuse lust with love; marriages die, children are abused, and generations repeat the error. I love the way you used your images. Write on, Poet!

    Ted

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  • Ted L Glines (1/10/2009 12:20:00 AM) Post reply

    Anyone can take creative writing classes and learn how to write like someone else. I love Jack London (yes, he was a poet, too) , Browning, Poe, Shakespeare, Plath, and so many other famous poets. Creative writing classes would teach me how to write like them. But you do not want to be a Jack London, Browning, Poe, Shakespeare, or Plath clone - when you can be a perfectly awesome (your name here) . Also, creative writing classes would teach you different poetry forms (sonnet, haiku, limerick, tanka, etc.) but you already know all the different forms; you have been reading them for years. Truthfully, every poem you write will create itself in its own correct form, structured or free, rhymed or not, and, hundreds of years from now, new writers may be copying a form which you have originated today. There is only one true test for a new poem: You must be able to recite the poem out loud, in your own natural voice, smoothly and without stumbling over troublesome words, and with emphatic images resounding naturally for the listener(s) . Your poem which achieves this will be read easily, understood easily, and published easily.

  • Ted L Glines (1/9/2009 4:48:00 AM) Post reply

    I agree with you; there should be no particular form to be followed in writing poems. Every poem is different. Every poem, by its style, dictates its own form or its own formlessness. When I wish to write within a specific discipline, I will use the Petrarchan sonnet form - many rules and restrictions. I seem to naturally lean into rhythm and rhyme but often work in free verse. The content should always be the paramount concern, not the form. When a person concentrates on form, he is a word-crafter, not a poet. Write on, Poet : -)

    Ted

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