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Matthew Roeser
Matthew Roeser Carbondale / United States, Male, 50
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M.A., Political Science
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  • (2/11/2014 5:30:00 PM)

    I love the use of imagery in this poem. It has great thematic elements as already alluded to by many commentators. For example the use of biblical and Kabballahic imagery, cherub, flaming sword, eternal life, but it also had science fiction elements, the elevator, a portal, memory ascends, taught to forget. I think the most important reason why this poem works is because it unfolds as fiction yet has the ring of sincerity and truth. Could this reality have happened? Is it plausible? Given all that we know and still don't know and the great collective imagination of humanity I would answer that in the affirmative. It also builds suspense weaving the present tense in with the past. I really enjoyed it not only for the technical aspects but for the narrative. Great poem.

  • (1/29/2014 6:56:00 PM)

    Hey Allan, Just finished rereading this for the third time. I really like it. It has a raw intensity, an authenticity that reaches across to the reader. I especially like the line and can we just be honest, which has the effect of including the reader in this poem instead of the reader being on the outside looking in at a scene. The line But not all have taken to this way, also has the effect of summarizing a universal sentiment which is not easy to do. The transformation theme is very strong and comes across well and enabled me to empathize with the orphan and the real struggle to piece together an identity where one has it stripped away. The rhyming is good without being too forced. My only critique is as much as possible avoid cliches phrases, (I know this is hard for me to do as well) like waves crash, 'gripped me in fear' 'absolute horror', phrases that become so overused in our language that they become stripped of meaning. I know this because I do it all the time and then I read a really accomplished poet like Billy Collins or Robert Frost, or pablo neruda (great example is his poem 'If You forget me' where he puts words together that are unexpected so they have a crisper meaning, as in slow autumn ', 'impalpable ash', red branch' - although I must admit he does it too, as in wrinkled body', yet he freshens it up by associating with a log' which gives it a new twist.
    Keep writing. You have a lot of good stuff there.

  • (1/12/2014 4:34:00 PM)

    I enjoyed this poem especially the description of the walking the streets. Good use of pointed descriptive words.
    Matt Roeser

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