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Review by A.M.Issy
Rated: ASR | (4.5)
Hi BunnyXBunny,

I really enjoyed this poem. The first four stanzas really created a lot of visionary for me and were filled with a lot of good writing and depth. Interestingly when I got to the last two stanza's I realised I wasn't actually quite sure what the whole thing was about.

I have done a couple of read through now and I'm not 100% sure yet. This is not necessarily a bad thing, have you read William Shakespeare?

My very rough guess would be it is about some type of religious thing, as a non-religious person this is the 'vibe' I got. I don't have anything further to go on but it does come across as Gothic church esq.

On some reflection, maybe it is a poem about drinking alcohol to dull pain? My constructive feedback would be that the last two stanzas come with little introduction and a change to the flow. Easing into it could ensure the reader doesn't get conflicted during the poem, but afterwards. I much better time for a reader to be confused.

Keep writing.

Regards,
A-M-ISSY
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Review of I'm Sorry  
Review by A.M.Issy
Rated: ASR | N/A (Review only item.)
Hi Steven,

This poem is quite moving. I like how you've used the second descriptor as the first descriptor in the next section of the poem. This type of repetition is very popular in old poetry styles for good reason, the repetition makes it sound more important in the readers head. A little more repetition or flow of structure in the other portions of the poem would make it flow easier. Keeping the same number of syllables or a rhyme can help the rhythm of a poem.

Keep writing.

Regards,
A-M-ISSY
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Review by A.M.Issy
Rated: E | N/A (Review only item.)
Hi Michael Mountain,

This freestyle poem is quite interesting. You learn new things about the context as you move through it which is fascinating. Each line adds something.
I would say that to start with you should focus on improving your grammar. You've used it in places, but not in others. Poetry in particular is one of those things where you can know the rules and flout them, but it pays to be consistent.

Keep writing!

Regards,
A-M-ISSY
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Review by A.M.Issy
Rated: E | (3.5)
I like the story and the style of the poem and it has such great promise. The first verse is amazing but the shortness of the first line of the second paragraph is kinda jarring. I really enjoy the rhyme and think you have some great talent. This poem can be developed into something amazing. I think the main things to work on are your rhythm and meter.

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Review by A.M.Issy
Rated: E | (4.0)
I'm assuming this contest was 25 words or fewer?
Tell me more!
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Review of Dismay  
Review by A.M.Issy
In affiliation with Showering Acts of Joy Group  
Rated: E | (4.0)
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I really like the imagery and the story in this poem, it reminds me of Ophelia from Hamlet (By William Shakespeare), the words and imagery enchant in this poem and I think you have a real talent for words. The actual poem and rhyme/flow of it does tend to waver through out but poetry isn’t an exact art and it takes time and practice to see what works. I think this is a beautiful poem and hope you write more in the future.

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The second and last lines of the first stanza rhyme but the timing doesn’t match. Don’t be afraid to make some lines longer than others to make it make sense.

Once upon a time
But not so long ago
Was a fair and pretty princess
Whose heart was full of woe

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Again the second and last lines rhyme which make it flow really well. The imagery is fantastic.

She was blind to reality
And lived inside a dream
She loved her man deeply
But all was not as it seemed

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Here you’ve lost your rhyming pattern and it seems to cut the flow off.
One day he up and betrayed her
Threw her out amongst the wild
These wild trees that she had loved
But instead made her feel like a child

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You lost your rhyme again and whilst this is a free verse poem and there are no rules, the flow a poem is important even when rhymes don’t exist.

She yearned for her man
And her family she loved
They all turned their backs
She was no more beloved

Then one day she found new hope
She trusted and believed
She believed she could live again
It wasn’t as bad as they had said

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This is a very sad stanza :(

But to her dismay
True love and hope didn’t really exist
Only pain, loss and betrayal
What is the real point to actually live?

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Because the time is written in 24 hour you don’t need to write morning. Which will allow this stanza to flow better.
So on this day of July 14th
Be it 0319 with nothing left to give
She will set out to find
The only real gift

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This stanza is really pretty to read.
“Its” needs a comma.

The water is calling
Its chill and true relief
She is unable to please
She needs its final release

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This last stanza is really beautiful and the imagery is amazing.

To those she had loved
To those who may love her back
I am sorry, I am guilty
Of this one final act
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Review of I Dreamt  
Review by A.M.Issy
Rated: E | (3.5)
It's a very short piece, I'd like to know what happened before and after, it's sweet and the rhyme is good. I'd recommend adding punctuation to the ends of the first and third line or removing it from the second and forth lines to has consistency. There doesn't seem to be much of a story to the piece and I'd like to know the background behind it.
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Review of Science  
Review by A.M.Issy
Rated: E | (4.0)
Another confusing piece, but this is rather amusing. Science doesn't always make sense, though it's always logical. The logic is this piece is a bit warped but it makes sense in a weird way. "The gravity is leaking", as if gravity were a liquid. It's written kind of like a play, if you were to put this in a book I'd say you'd have to shorten it, or add description "Miles shook his head 'this is irritating' he said simply. 'No, this is science!' I replied with a cheeky grin.
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Review of Your Finale  
Review by A.M.Issy
Rated: E | (4.0)
This poem is sweet, kinda confusing, but sweet. I'm not sure I get the story behind it but the love and longing, divided by aspiration and achievement seem to come out loud and strong. The form of the poem is nice and unique, I'm not sure why you changed the stanza form in the last stanza, it doesn't fit as well with the others because of it. Otherwise fantastic job, I'd like to read more and to hear the story about it.
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Review of My Dream  
Review by A.M.Issy
Rated: 18+ | (4.0)
This is a nice piece, lost love, always a fail-safe theme that nearly everyone's experienced. The rhyme is consistent but I'd suggest looking at your meter because to much variation cuts the flow off. It's a heart warming piece and you did well as capturing some of the loss that comes with regret. I'd love to see what you do with this piece.

I've written some suggestions below but as always they're just suggestions feel free to ignore them if you want :)

Really, I was shy and lack the courage

I'd suggest saying lacked, because it's in the past. Also courage doesn't really rhyme with age, but that may just be my accent.

I get another chance to be your prince

I'd change the I to I'll, "hoping some day I'll (I will) get another chance to be your prince".

You're my dreams my heart's desire

I'd put a comma in "my dreams, my heart's desire"

Your last stanza doesn't rhyme as the other ones do, did you do this on purpose?? I'd recommend following the pattern you started at the beginning.
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Review of Berkshire Valley  
Review by A.M.Issy
Rated: E | (4.5)
This is beautiful. I love the description and the feeling of loss portrayed through out this piece. I'd recommend lengthening it, but that's up to the writer. This poem feels sad, as if you long to return, feeling home sick, even after many years (the seasons of the years go past). It's an interesting theme and I hope to see more of your work. I would suggest either removing the full stop from each stanza or adding punctuation to the end of each line to keep grammar consistent.

Good work :)
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Review of Promise  
Review by A.M.Issy
Rated: E | (4.5)
It's short and sweet, reminds me of sleeping beauty. I'd suggest adding a stanza, (another couplet) to keep with the rhyme. Something to rhyme with keep. It's a really nice piece and I'm impressed by how much you've put it so little. I'd like to hear the story behind it and I hope to see you expand this piece :)
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Review by A.M.Issy
Rated: E | (4.0)
This is a nice rhyming piece, a story rhyme, like a childs book. My only problem with this piece is that you may have focused more on the rhyme than the poem making sense. I understood the first stanza but from there the story seemed to dwindle and get lost in rhyme. The last two lines I don't understand, they also don't rhyme but that could be my accent (Australian). I'm not sure about the piece, but it is interesting and I'll be looking for your work in the future.

Knowing his passion for repairing old cars,
And his love for fiction, old books, so, his stars,

I'm not quite sure I understand the second line. Also, it's a bit long to couple with the first line.

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Review of Fear  
Review by A.M.Issy
In affiliation with Showering Acts of Joy Group  
Rated: 13+ | (3.0)
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This poem is emotional, but confused. Which is how the speaker seems to be feeling but isn't how the reader should feel when reading it. The reader should feel like they 'understand' the confusion, not be feeling the confusion themselves. This is a good piece about the loss of identity, not really knowing who we are, feeling fake and all that. I hope to see a polished version of this some time. Nice piece.

I have put some suggestions and comments below but these are all just my own opinion, you're free to ignore them as you wish.

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Never seen or touched by others

I'd suggest starting with 'She's' just so you know who your subject is as soon as you start, since it's such a short piece this is important.

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understood by everyone but never me

I'd put a comma between everyone and but. Just because there is a natural pause there.

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she fear herself more than the killings in the street

Do you mean 'fears'?

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her place,for now

You need a space between place, and for.

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she love you?

Did you mean to write 'loves'

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I believe she tried of trying to make herself into the person she wish so hard to be

I believe [she's] [tired] of trying to maker herself into the person she [wishes]-[wished] so hard to be.

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If she don't know know who she is

You wrote the work know twice. Do you mean 'If she doesn't know who she is?'
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Review of GREED  
Review by A.M.Issy
In affiliation with Showering Acts of Joy Group  
Rated: ASR | (4.0)
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This is a nice poem, it flows and is dark as the sin it talks about. I think you'd benefit from using a poem structure for this poem due to the nature of it. Because you're using a sin as your refrain it reminds one of the bible which is very structured, so a free verse poem pulls away from that. You may also want to look into having a set meter count instead of a fully fledged form. : ) either way it's an interesting piece and I hope to see more from you.

I have a few suggestions and comments I'll place below but they're all my own opinion. Feel free to disregard them as you wish.


I'd suggest rearranging the first and second stanza's so you're first one says 'Leaving you destitute from the very start' and the second one says 'Holding you captive until the very end'.

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You've used punctuation only after the 'Greed'. I'd suggest removing punctuation entirely or adding it in.

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But a facade of disease, a rooted seed unbounded

Seems like it should be two different lines but to stay with the quatrain you've left it as one. I'd suggest finding a way to shorten it or leave out part. "A facade of disease, a rooted seed.
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Review of The Unfair Light  
Review by A.M.Issy
In affiliation with Showering Acts of Joy Group  
Rated: E | (4.5)
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This is an interesting piece, I never would've realized it was an ant without the last paragraph. It's interesting that whilst this feels sci-fi it is infact just a personification piece put to an ant. Very well done I might add. I never did do the whole 'killing ants with a magnifying glass' thing, but I've seen it done. I think this piece is thought provoking in the fact that you've discussed the 'human' as a 'sky demon', through out this I was thinking a Zeus like character and was shocked to find it was a human, but to smaller creatures it is not unlikely we have reached 'god-like' status in their eyes.

Before I go off on a rant about how humans have capitalized the world, I'll just paste my comments and suggestions below. As always, these are completely my own opinion blah blah, you're free to ignore blah blah :)

I hope to read more of your writing soon!

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This is the moment I receive for my work, my toil, my life.

Moment? Maybe change it to “This is what I receive for my…”
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I had to carry this weight from distances to great to remember.

‘too’ not ‘to’ : )

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You stay in the skies and watch while I do,create, harvest.

You need a space between do, and create. Also, do you mean ‘You stay in the skies and watch while I create, harvest.’ Or ‘You stay in the skies and watch what I create, harvest.’?

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What knowledge of suffering do you poses?

Possess :)

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For who do you provide?

This is a tricky one but it should be ‘whom’. I wont go into why it’s whom and not who, it’s a whole lot of ‘English is a confusing language bs’ but I thought I’d mention it.

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I would also suggest capitalizing ‘Sky Demon’
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Review by A.M.Issy
In affiliation with Showering Acts of Joy Group  
Rated: E | (5.0)
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This ML line will yield this statement:

This is a pretty piece. It's so true that we as humans think so big of ourselves but our lives are just a moment to a tree, a mountain, a sea line. The tree is a beautiful mark of natural beauty, I used to live to the front of a pine forest and the sheer size the trees got to still astounds me. I could have lived their my entire life and never seen a tree live to its maturity.

I wrote some suggestions and comments for this piece and I'll paste them below. As always, these are just my own opinion you may ignore them as you wish. : ) Loved this piece, very thought provoking.

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I have found as I walk through the day, the easily ignorable tree strikes me today for some reason.

Using both day and today in the sentence mumbles it up for me. ‘I have found as I walk through the day’ seems as if you’re talking about many days. ‘The easily ignorable tree strikes me today’, obviously means you’re talking about ‘today’, which is only one day.
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Some twisted and crooked as the ground they have been placed

I’d suggest using ‘Some twisted and crooked as the ground in which/on which they have been place’
In the next part I’d suggest ‘whilst’ instead of ‘while’
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. In of itself the tree does little.

You double spaced and … I don’t quite understand the sentence? Do you mean ‘the tree itself does very little’?

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If such morals of tree

‘If such morals of ‘a’ tree’
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Review by A.M.Issy
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
Hey!

I'm from Showering Acts of Joy but this review wont go towards that because this piece is so short! I love the last word 'biliverable'! Very amusing, thou I'd suggest changing it to 'beliverable' because believe is spelt with an 'e'. You did this in the title but not in the piece. I'm not sure what the word (Spoosh!) is meant to indicate either but this may be a cultural difference (language difference), With the sentence "Listen Liver" the to should be a too and I think in this piece you could capitalize the word 'liver' as your personifying it.

Amusing piece which talks of a serious topic. I like it a lot! Can't wait to read more of your writing!

Amy Louise
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Review by A.M.Issy
In affiliation with Showering Acts of Joy Group  
Rated: E | (4.5)
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This is a really sweet piece. Reminds me of the polar express, not believing in Santa etc. =) I only saw a few things in the writing I would change. One being "or to continue trying to prove his reality." might sound better as "continuing to make the children believe in him." Just because you've used a child like voice for the rest of the piece and 'reality' kind of jolts you out of it.

Other wise just a few changing of the paragraphs and I think this is a really good piece. I'd like to see it longer and hope to see more of your writing around.

Keep writing!
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Review by A.M.Issy
Rated: E | (4.0)
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I read this a couple of times aloud. What I get from this is that your talking about the bible, and 'God'. That the bible says we have to follow so many rules but in the end, when judgement day comes, it will all be worth it.

I'm not a god-fearing person so my judgement on what the piece is about will be worthless but I will try and help with the piece itself. You really like the word Precept and you've used it in your refrain. I'm just not sure it is doing anything for your piece as a whole. I think rule may be a better word. But that is just my own opinion.

You've written this in free verse but I think that re-writing it to a structure may make what you're saying more powerful. Just because you're saying that we have to follow 'rules upon rules' and if you're following a 'rule' of poetry it will make the piece seem powerful and caged, like a bird waiting to be released from chains.

This is a good piece, interesting to read with many layers of story and history intertwined inside of it.

Keep up the good work :)
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Review of Empty Chair  
Review by A.M.Issy
Rated: E | (4.0)
The rhyme in this piece is inconsistent but the theme is nice and the story seems to flow. Today, tomorrow, someday. It all fits. I'd like to see what you do with this piece.

Might I suggest that you change Those that we will meet someday to those that we will someday meet?.

And in the stanza where you say today and tomorrow, I might suggest you change those to 2 separate stanzas.

As always all suggestions are just that, suggestions and they are only my own opinion.

Good work on this poem, I can't wait to see what you do with it.
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Review of A Woman's Charm  
Review by A.M.Issy
Rated: E | (4.5)
I feel like I'm reading about a siren. This poem is really well written with the references to Medusa, Adam and Eve, sirens and by the sounds of the last line the black widow spider. I'm not sure about the phrase 'by the by' in this poem but the rest seems to flow nicely. It's a lot of imagery in such a short piece.

I really enjoyed reading this :)
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Review of Today  
Review by A.M.Issy
Rated: E | (4.5)
Sounds like we're talking about a credit card! If you changed 'bought' do 'did'. It would be more meaningful but the poem is still fantastic for its length. I would suggest lengthening it to tell us more of what your talking about. As currently it does sound like a credit card. But very well done. Rebecca Bloomwood would be proud.

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Review by A.M.Issy
Rated: 18+ | (4.0)
I'm going to review this later but I had to say this now - in your description you've spelt the word young wrong...
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Review by A.M.Issy
Rated: E | (4.5)
You've spelt completely wrong... and your capitalization is all over the place... but good question. It is always in the eyes of the beholder. Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote a poem that is over 60 lines long, it rarely rhymes, if at all, but the words are so infectious they bore into your brain like a melody.
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