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by Alan Alda
Fri Aug 01, 2008 5:29 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: verse a tile
Replies: 2
Views: 602

Re: verse a tile

Well, I did discover the other night there is something viscerally anachronistic about getting your hands on a lump of cool, wet clay and shaping it on a wheel; like it was the stuff of museums and archeological digs and my ancestors, whoever they may be, yet present at the same time. But alas, none...
by Alan Alda
Tue Jul 29, 2008 6:51 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: verse a tile
Replies: 2
Views: 602

verse a tile

I took my first pottery throwing class last night and it reminded me of this olde thing... Verse-A-Tile Co. ( We Aim To Please !) Hope squared the flattened red clay, grabbed another mud ball and repeated the act, using the sturdy, round stick to smash down and mold the pliant doughy earth. Grabbing...
by Alan Alda
Tue Jul 29, 2008 6:34 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Revisited
Replies: 4
Views: 779

Re: Revisited

georges~ This, more than most, reads like you just kept writing until you stumbled upon a word that rhymed with the line above. The highly uneven line lengths, for one thing make your 'rhyme scheme' inconsequential. If you paid a little attention to line lengths, not visually, but through counting s...
by Alan Alda
Sun Jul 27, 2008 5:57 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Delightful Dolores (mostly a found poem)
Replies: 10
Views: 1283

Re: Delightful Dolores (mostly a found poem)

Aaaah. That explains the "60s vibe."

Very creative (on your part) and looks like it must have been fun.

cheers,
Laurie
by Alan Alda
Sat Jul 26, 2008 6:34 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Delightful Dolores (mostly a found poem)
Replies: 10
Views: 1283

Re: Delightful Dolores (mostly a found poem)

Cate~ Interesting images. It has a 60's vibe about it. How are you using the term "found poem"? The one experience I've had with that term took something verbatim from a written source (newpaper, magazine, etc) where you extract a portion that can stand alone, as is. I can't see this being the case ...
by Alan Alda
Sat Jul 26, 2008 6:22 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Prose-poem: Man on the Rec Way.
Replies: 50
Views: 6793

Re: Prose-poem: Man on the Rec Way.

manna wrote: The idea that you throw something down and it's a finished, high-quality poem (or painting or sculpture...) seems insulting to the artist to me. When scanning through the comments this morning the first word that came to me is: Retarded. "Insulting" is very good, too. 8) fork tender. bu...
by Alan Alda
Sat Jul 26, 2008 6:00 am
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Prose-poem: Man on the Rec Way.
Replies: 50
Views: 6793

Re: Prose-poem: Man on the Rec Way.

Which stealing of the phrase "I don't know much about art, but I know what I like" is meant to convey that I think poetry is art, so the more spontaneous the better. The more craft involved the less art, thus less of the individual creating the poetry is involved, and soon you have cookie cutter li...
by Alan Alda
Sat Jul 26, 2008 3:55 am
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Prose-poem: Man on the Rec Way.
Replies: 50
Views: 6793

Re: Prose-poem: Man on the Rec Way.

If there was no 'craft' to be applied, there would be no need to have Poetry classes in universities and such...
"Write down the first thing you think and feel and call it poem"
would be the beginning and end of that tutorial. Besides, that is the definition of a diary entry.

cheers,
Laurie
by Alan Alda
Sat Jul 26, 2008 3:48 am
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Prose-poem: Man on the Rec Way.
Replies: 50
Views: 6793

Re: Prose-poem: Man on the Rec Way.

I'm not a fan of editing what first comes out...,
Poetry is a craft, not a matter of spontaneous combustion 8)
by Alan Alda
Sat Jul 26, 2008 3:39 am
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: We had a comp.
Replies: 7
Views: 1118

Re: We had a comp.

typical, I knew you would completely deny it.
Thanks for the chuckle.
by Alan Alda
Sat Jul 26, 2008 3:33 am
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Prose-poem: Man on the Rec Way.
Replies: 50
Views: 6793

Re: Prose-poem: Man on the Rec Way.

Sigh. What is imagery or interesting detail? Let me go simply from memory of reading the original version much earlier today: white-tailed deer their black eyes foliage purple tunic brown skin a troubled marriage a lazy-eye being alone on a trail with a stranger the delight of tension broke with a g...
by Alan Alda
Fri Jul 25, 2008 9:20 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: We had a comp.
Replies: 7
Views: 1118

Re: We had a comp.

Yeah, Mikey, I was a most corrupt judge. I'm still living off the prize money in Hawaii and sipping on an umbrella decorated beverage as we speak. Yum

8)

Aloha!
by Alan Alda
Fri Jul 25, 2008 9:17 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Prose-poem: Man on the Rec Way.
Replies: 50
Views: 6793

Re: Prose-poem: Man on the Rec Way.

M~

Your revision of this piece doesn't do it any favors.
Sorry.
One example is where you state the lunge is fake...when the smile shows us that without 'telling.'

L
by Alan Alda
Fri Jul 25, 2008 7:24 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Flesh Wound
Replies: 20
Views: 2143

Re: Flesh Wound

Thanks Cate!
I enjoy little ones (total of 2) on me and big ones on others 8)
Glad you liked it.

cheers,
Laurie
by Alan Alda
Fri Jul 25, 2008 7:21 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Prose-poem: Man on the Rec Way.
Replies: 50
Views: 6793

Re: Prose-poem: Man on the Rec Way.

Hi Manna~ Enjoyable read. I'm still not completely comfortable with Prose poems even though my last English course had a chapter on them...such a fine line... But, I do believe you have to be uber diligent on making your language tight as possible. Although, the story here is told well (and is quite...

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