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Review by David O'Hao...
Rated: E | (4.5)
Amen!
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Review by David O'Hao...
Rated: E | (3.0)
I'm guessing that you are a novice writer, and a young one at that. This is meant in the most friendly, respectful and constructive manner, so if this review make you feel angry or offended in any way, please don't bother to send me a disrespectful reply. Since you are awarding points for replies I can only assume that you want honest, helpful and truthful replies, so here goes. Your writing is riddled with spelling, punctuation and tense errors and I mean a lot of them. So, to make your writing better, you might want to concentrate on those areas. Have someone you know ( a parent or someone you know to be well read and knowledgeable in grammar read it and highlight the spots where you need to make changes. Also you could have someone read it aloud to you and I think you'll see some of the areas that need some work. The points are not important to me as I don't even know what they're good for so I didn't review this for that reason. The awarding of points usually means (to me at least) that one wants someone to give an honest, impersonal appraisal to their work and I hope that's true in your case. Keep writing!
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Review of Love / War poem  
Review by David O'Hao...
Rated: E | (4.0)
There's an awful lot of onomatopoeia here, which is the use of words in imitations of natural sounds such as: "bang bang! or "bam powie". My professor in creative writing and my creative writers handbook both strongly suggest one avoid the use of this in ones' writing and you rarely see it used.
But, on the plus side, I liked everything else about the poem. A good idea, constructed and executed well. except for the above It was really well done!
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Review of Relenquishing  
Review by David O'Hao...
Rated: E | (4.0)
Good Idea, nicely done, but the rhyming sounds a bit forced.
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Review of Exotic Pain  
Review by David O'Hao...
Rated: E | (3.5)
Take these Phrases by themselves: painful twas-still walked I do-on the grass was dew-did I say-more cue?-field did sway-
Do they really sound right? Perhaps I'm wrong (and often am), but I would try to avoid this kind of phrasing as it sounds forced and amateurish.
Please take these comments in the most friendly and well-intentioned way as I'm not trying to be mean or disrespectful. (in other words don't reply to this review unless your reply is friendly and respectful also.
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Review of with you gone...  
Review by David O'Hao...
Rated: E | (4.5)
Very good! The rhythm and flow are nicely done, but what I like best about it is that it is not empty and vacuous. It's a poem that stirs emotion and makes one feel something, and to me that's what poetry is all about: stirring emotions. Keep up the good work!
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Review of What do you do?  
Review by David O'Hao...
Rated: E | (4.0)
This is meant in the most friendly and hopefully, helpful manner,so disregard anything you don't like.
In your first sentence- the "your" should be "you are," or "you're"
Third sentence and there's that "your" again
Fourth sentence sounds awkward, maybe should be "something is" or "something's burning
Fifth sentence -"is to strong" should be "is too strong
Sixth sentence- the "your"is right!!! and the same for the "your" in the seventh!!
Remember this is well intentioned and not mean spirited in any way. Keep writing! (just watch out for those pesky "yours and to's"
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Review by David O'Hao...
Rated: E | (4.5)
With all the 1st place awards and the strictly structured form I feel almost guilty in finding this poem form (not the poem itself) to lack a pleasant rhythm or grace. It simply does not fall trippingly from one's tongue. I guess I'm really not a fan of the Nove Otto form and this certainly does not reflect on the poet or the poem itself as the numerous 1st place awards attest to the obvious skill of the poet. This is in no way a slam on this poem but is meant to explain why I personally found it to be, not excellent, but almost excellent, and obviously I'm in the minority.
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Review by David O'Hao...
Rated: 18+ | (3.5)
Don't even think of submitting this to a publisher until you fix all the spelling errors. It'll get tossed as soon as he sees the errors in the first few paragraphs. Use spell checker and also use some friends to read and find the mistakes. (make sure the friends can spell really well and don't hesitate to use the dictionary if there's any doubt about the spelling of a word). Also I think it will take someone who is gay also, to give you a truly proper review. Fix the spelling and bring it back.
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Review by David O'Hao...
Rated: E | (2.0)
untangle instead of detangle/malleable instead of mallible. use your dictionary! I have made straight A's in creative writing courses and still have to check my dictionary often for correct meanings and spellings. Good job otherwise. Keep at it!
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