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  • POEM: A Poet For A Lover (Adult) by C.J. Heck (8/31/2009 3:15:00 PM)

    Beautiful write-so full of passion and imagination. Aye, words can caress and imagery arouse the mind, the soul, the body. The act of love is perhaps the most poetic moment, the most intense, significant, and transcendent. In it, we jump the hours that are never ours and reach into the divine. This poem expresses all this so well. Inspiring, really! Great write! Thanks for sharing!

  • POEM: A Man I Knew by C.J. Heck (8/31/2009 3:10:00 PM)

    I love this witty poem—the down-to-earth rhythms and tone, and the frank acceptance that the speaker did learn from the situation. Most importantly, the speaker did receive a wonderful gift: POETRY (and that has made all the difference!) A pleasure to read. Thanks for sharing.

  • POEM: A Princess Of Romanian Folk Died by Marieta Maglas (8/10/2009 10:12:00 AM)

    A beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady whose songs and music made the world a better place. I am not familiar with Tatiana, but the poem says it all.

    Some lines, however, do sound too much like prose, and could be improved if reworded. For example, “died a few hours ago” could read: “A Princess of Romanian folk has just passed away.” Similarly, “But there will never be another Tatiana” could use an inversion, “another one like her there shall never be.”

    Try to make the lines suggestive and evocative. If it sounds too prosy, try another wording, another image. Poetry works subtly by building atmosphere, mood, rhythm. Try to use parallelism and other techniques such as alliteration, assonance, and so forth. Free verse does utilize all these techniques and others to build pace, cadence, and fire the mind of the reader to imagine and be able to delve into the world of the poem and live the experience embedded in the words.

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