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Rated: 18+ | (4.0)
I like it!

It is always startling when we discover that the truths behind our long held traditions are rooted in situations far removed from the way we once looked at the world.

There are many things that we do, as part of culture, religion, or family, that have become ingrained in who we are, yet are part of a false narrative we tell ourselves to make us feel like we belong to a group. Christmas is one of these false narratives.

It takes courage to identify the falsehood, and even more courage to buck the tradition. I would encourage you to share with us what you learned, and "show" us how people reacted to your knowledge.

Marc
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Rated: 13+ | (4.0)
Review of: "Inner Strength Fuels Hope [13+]

Hello! First off, let me just say that this review is my own opinion. We all see things a bit differently, and we all have our likes and dislikes. Please feel free to incorporate this review into your editing, or ignore it. It is your writing, after all!

*Pencil*First Impression ~

I'm not normally one for dark poetry, but this piece caught my eye.

*Pencil*What I like ~

I love your description of struggle, and I think it is reflective of the internal struggles that many of us go through every day. Your poem also fits very well with the image you have chosen to accompany it.

*Pencil*Mechanics ~

There is a BIG debate in modern poetry as to whether or not the first word of each line should be capitalized, with the majority of people deciding that, unless it is the start of a new thought or sentence, these letters should remain lower case. Leaving the letters lower case adds to the readability of the poem, and help with flow. (Just a thought.)

*Pencil*Voice ~

Observational, empathetic.

*Pencil*Tone ~

Dark, with a hope for better times

*Pencil*Mood ~

Reflective of the struggle one would have to fight to overcome insurmountable odds.

*Pencil*Point of View ~

Third person detached.

*Pencil*Structure ~

Freeform.

*Pencil*Pace ~

Quick, with the first lines serving to pull you through to the end of the poem.

*Pencil*Rhythm ~

Varied, but acceptable due to the form. The rhythm could be made tighter by editing for shorter words and pronouns.

*Pencil*Poetic Devices ~

Strong use of alliteration, especially at the start of the poem.

*Pencil*Rhyme ~

None

*Pencil*Imagery ~

Vivid, dark, emotionally painful.

*Pencil*Believability ~

Very high. Great job!

*Pencil*Diction ~

This may just be a personal thing, but I noticed that you have a lot of two and three letter words, along with a number of pronouns. To me, poetry that excels is poetry that truly capitalizes on its word and syllable counts. If I were editing this, I would look specifically at the short words and the pronouns, and try to get rid of as many of them as I could. (Especially the word "to")

*Pencil*Favorite Wording ~

"Changling bound beyond belief;
Captured in a torturous tempest
Of dark deceit."

The alliteration here is what captures your reader. It is very strong, and pulls one through the rest of the piece.

"That swirl and linger"

As far as imagery goes, this is the most evocative line in your poem. It draws to mind a whirling wind, filled with the demons that haunt your protagonist.

*Pencil*Summary ~

A good piece that could be made even stronger with a little bit of effort.

*Pencil*Ways to improve ~

Keep thinking about wording that will give you the strongest jolt of emotion for a limited amount of space. You don't have to get rid of weak words all together, but you should limit the number of them that you use.

Keep Writing!!!



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Review of Winter's End  
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Rated: E | (3.5)
Review of: "Winter's End [E]

Hello! First off, let me just say that this review is my own opinion. We all see things a bit differently, and we all have our likes and dislikes. Please feel free to incorporate this review into your editing, or ignore it. It is your writing, after all!

*Pencil*First Impression ~

This is an interesting short poem about the first inklings of spring.

*Pencil*What I like ~

I like the fact that you focus on a single moment, a brief observation, as opposed to trying to over analyze the moment.

*Pencil*Mechanics ~

No issues here!

*Pencil*Voice ~

First person

*Pencil*Tone ~

Observant, but not to the point of contemplative or scientific. You seem to focus on an instantaneous intuition, which is excellent.

*Pencil*Mood ~

Neutral, with a slight hint of positivity.

*Pencil*Point of View ~

Personal

*Pencil*Structure ~

A brief sextet with no set rhythm that I could note.

*Pencil*Pace ~

Slow, methodical

*Pencil*Rhythm ~

A little bit chopped. Enough to slow you down through the first few readings of it. This is where applying a meter would do the poem the greatest good.

*Pencil*Poetic Devices ~

None beyond the rhyme.

*Pencil*Rhyme ~

a/b/c/c/d/d

*Pencil*Imagery ~

Vivid

*Pencil*Believability ~

High

*Pencil*Diction ~

Appropriate for the subject and audience.

*Pencil*Favorite Wording ~

The last line, "For winter's end is here at dawn." I found to be the best, due to the natural meter within the line. It is also the one line that I feel the poem could not do without, or have replaced.

*Pencil*Summary ~

I hope I do not offend you in this, but I see this as a great starting point to something that has a lot of potential.

*Pencil*Ways to improve ~

I would play with the rhythm of this piece, trying to see if it could benefit from some sort of meter. That would do a lot to fix the rhythm issue. I would not, however, try to make the poem longer, or more descriptive, unless you intend to make this into two poems, one the current length and one more contemplative and descriptive.

Keep Writing!!!



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Review of 9/11- Remembered  
Rated: 13+ | (3.5)
Review of: "9/11- Remembered [13+]

Hello! First off, let me just say that this review is my own opinion. We all see things a bit differently, and we all have our likes and dislikes. Please feel free to incorporate this review into your editing, or ignore it. It is your writing, after all!

*Pencil*First Impression ~

Very patriotic, reflective.

*Pencil*Ways to improve ~

One of the greatest skills of a poet is knowing how to match subject to form. I get passionate about the subject of patriotism, and the events of 11Sep2001. However, I am not sure the form matches the subject here. If your going to write on a subject that you are passionate about, then you should use a form that conveys passion, such as a sonnet or free form. Many of the form poems are for more ordered feelings, or for general observations. When I read this, I got the impression that you have strong feelings for the events of that day, but were forced to sterilize them to fit the form. This makes the poem seem uncomfortably forced, and alters the flow.

Overall, I think the emotions are there, and the strength of what you bring to the piece is good, but it is the form that is a misfit. You show that you have skill by compressing this piece into the form, but the form is what eventually brings you down as well.

I am not sure if this is making any sense, it is just my gut reaction.

I hope it helps.

Keep Writing!!!





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Review of To Thee I Pray  
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Rated: E | (4.5)
Review of: "To Thee I Pray [E]

Hello! First off, let me just say that this review is my own opinion. We all see things a bit differently, and we all have our likes and dislikes. Please feel free to incorporate this review into your editing, or ignore it. It is your writing, after all!

*Pencil*First Impression ~

A beautiful short poem, a beautiful illustration of faith in a higher power.

*Pencil*What I like ~

I love the simplicity and openness of this piece.

*Pencil*Mechanics ~

No issues here.

Voice ~

Meek, humble.

Tone ~

Soft, filled with exhaustion.

Mood ~

Reverent.

Point of View ~

First person

*Pencil*Structure ~

7 unmetered rhyming couplets

Pace ~

Slow, soft.

Rhythm ~

appropriate for the subject and structure.

*Pencil*Poetic Devices ~

used sparingly,

Rhyme ~

Strong, effective use.

*Pencil*Imagery ~

Strong

*Pencil*Believability ~

Extremely high.

*Pencil*Diction ~

Conversational, introspective.

*Pencil*Favorite Wording ~

"Burdens of my heart I bear
I wish not to share"

I think we all carry around these burdens, whether or not anyone else knows or remembers the events that have put them there.

*Pencil*Summary ~

A beautiful prayer, heartfelt and genuine. It is your personal way of communicating with God, and that is something most people do not have. Self awareness is a positive thing, and it shows that you have that connection.

*Pencil*Ways to improve ~

I would love to see more of your communication with God, and a bit more depth into the how and why of the feelings that drove you to write this. The trick would be to expand on those feelings while keeping the base simplicity of the piece.

Keep Writing!!!



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Rated: 13+ | (3.0)
Review of: "The Light-Keepers Despair [13+]

Hello! First off, let me just say that this review is my own opinion. We all see things a bit differently, and we all have our likes and dislikes. Please feel free to incorporate this review into your editing, or ignore it. It is your writing, after all!

*Pencil*First Impression ~

This is a rather dark piece, told from a point of view detached from both the reader and the subject.

*Pencil*What I like ~

I very much like the subject of this piece, and the message that many in this world are seen as disposable in the search for safety of the masses. It fits in with a lot of what is going on in our world at this point in time.

*Pencil*Mechanics ~

Although it was standard practice at one point, you may wish to go back and remove the capitalizations at the start of each line. Capitalize only according to the rules of standard grammar. This will improve the flow and tone of your piece. You also have two unnecessary commas in your first line.

*Pencil*Voice ~

Detached, unvested.

*Pencil*Tone ~

Dark.

*Pencil*Mood ~

Desperation, desolation.

*Pencil*Point of View ~

Third person detached

*Pencil*Structure ~

Free verse broken into four lined stanzas.

*Pencil*Pace ~

Slow. Lacking a hook, there is little to take you from one stanza to the next.

*Pencil*Rhythm ~

No real rhythmic patter that I could notice.

*Pencil*Poetic Devices ~

Other than imagery, none that I could immediately discern.

*Pencil*Rhyme ~

Unrhymed.

*Pencil*Imagery ~

Flat. You have told us a lot in this piece, but shone us nothing.

*Pencil*Believability ~

High, but with little investment in the situation

*Pencil*Diction ~

Appropriate

*Pencil*Favorite Wording ~

The gulls, the turtles, the albatross
are his only companions now.
They alone will watch him gaze upon the wild sea.

*Pencil*Summary ~

Love the topic, but I was left wanting more by the lack of connection between your subject and the reader.

*Pencil*Ways to improve ~

You have tried to fit a novel’s worth of information into a one page poem. This would work better as an epic poem, one of great length, then as the short piece you have presented here.

I find myself wanting to know more about your light keeper. Why did he take the job? Was he running from something? How has the job changed him over time? How does he interact with his environment, both inside the house and with the elements that batter him on the island?

You have the makings of something glorious here. It just takes a little time.

Keep Writing!!!



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Rated: E | (4.0)
Review of: "Musical Effectiveness [E]

Hello! First off, let me just say that this review is my own opinion. We all see things a bit differently, and we all have our likes and dislikes. Please feel free to incorporate this review into your editing, or ignore it. It is your writing, after all!

*Pencil*First Impression ~

Well done. Nice topic, and it fits the form very well.

*Pencil*What I like ~

A poem about music that has a strong lyrical quality to it.

*Pencil*Mechanics ~

No issues here.

*Pencil*Voice ~

Personal desire. Longing.

*Pencil*Tone ~

Upbeat.

*Pencil*Mood ~

Positive

*Pencil*Point of View ~

First person

*Pencil*Pace ~

Set by the form. Well constructed, but it could be a little better with the use of punctuation and proper capitalization.

*Pencil*Rhythm ~

Strong, smooth flow

*Pencil*Poetic Devices ~

Form.

*Pencil*Rhyme ~

Strong rhymes.

*Pencil*Imagery ~

Vivid.

*Pencil*Believability ~

High

*Pencil*Diction ~

Appropriate.

*Pencil*Favorite Wording ~

The beating heart like timepiece wound
That lifts my thought on eagle’s wing

*Pencil*Summary ~

*Pencil*Structure ~

Triolet

*Pencil*Ways to improve ~

Be sure to use proper punctuation and grammar in your pieces, even the ones that follow a traditional form. It gives your poetry a more polished look and feel, and is a great help in directing your reader to the way you want the piece read.

Keep Writing!!!



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Review of Long Ago  
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Rated: E | (2.5)
Review of: "Long Ago [E]

Hello! First off, let me just say that this review is my own opinion. We all see things a bit differently, and we all have our likes and dislikes. Please feel free to incorporate this review into your editing, or ignore it. It is your writing, after all!

*Pencil*First Impression ~

It took me a couple of readings, but I got what you were driving at. I was a bit confused at first, but when it finally hit, I understood what you were going for.

*Pencil*What I like ~

I like the fact that you tried to meld something you know about (Preindustrial England) with a traditional form. That takes a lot of guts, especially with a form that has the demands of a lento.

*Pencil*Mechanics ~

No issue here.

*Pencil*Voice ~

Removed, yet inviting, almost as if it was from the perspective of a carnival barker, or a side show master.

*Pencil*Tone ~

See my comment on Voice

*Pencil*Mood ~

Hustled,

*Pencil*Point of View ~

Second person detatched, almost as if the speaker is a remote tour guide.

*Pencil*Pace ~

Slow in most places, some lines force the reader to trip through them, though (Stanza 1, line 3+4)

*Pencil*Rhythm ~

Choppy, forced

*Pencil*Poetic Devices ~

Consonance,

*Pencil*Rhyme ~

aa,ab,aa,ab bc,bd,bc,bd

*Pencil*Imagery ~

Pre-industrial London, or any big European city, for that matter.

*Pencil*Believability ~

Medium.

*Pencil*Diction ~

This piece is a bit choppy due to the point of view and the terminology used. The use of the word “Gel” in stanza one, line four is uncomfortable. The last line is also awkwardly put together.

*Pencil*Favorite Wording ~

Smell the rotten air, and its flouting mist,

*Pencil*Summary ~

A very quick glimpse into the sights and smells of a city on the verge of rapid growth, at a time when it was experiencing some major changes.

*Pencil*Structure ~

Lento I with starting rhyme.

*Pencil*Ways to improve ~

I would love to see you take this subject and remove it from this form. (I know the form was the assignment, I just feel that your subject and form are miss-matched in this piece.) It seems to me you took a previous piece and forced it into existing in this form.

Keep Writing!!!


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Review of Choose Happy  
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Rated: E | (4.0)
Review of: "Choose Happy [E]

Hello! First off, let me just say that this review is my own opinion. We all see things a bit differently, and we all have our likes and dislikes. Please feel free to incorporate this review into your editing, or ignore it. It is your writing, after all!

*Pencil*First Impression ~

Inspirational and uplifting. I get the feeling that it is primarily a physical pain that the speaker is trying to overcome.

*Pencil*What I like ~

The tone you use, and the duality of the two stanzas against one another, while keeping them intertwined.

*Pencil*Mechanics ~

No spelling errors, but the overuse of capitalization and lack of punctuation undermine the flow of the piece. The first word of a line should not be capitalized unless it would naturally be capitalized anyways, and the emphasis you place with capitals midline would be more effectively shown through punctuation and other poetic devices.

*Pencil*Voice ~

Expirienced, knowledgeable of the ways of the world.

*Pencil*Tone ~

Instructive, motherly to a point.

*Pencil*Mood ~

Stanza one is depressed, while stanza two is uplifting. Usually a situation one would try to avoid, but for this piece it works very effectively.

*Pencil*Point of View ~

First person reflective.

*Pencil*Pace ~

Even, plesant

*Pencil*Rhythm ~

In some places forced, but that is a function of the grammar more than the message or the form.

*Pencil*Poetic Devices ~

Rhyme pattern

*Pencil*Rhyme ~

aa-ab-aa-ab bc-bd-bc-bd

*Pencil*Imagery ~

For me, most of the imagery is internal and physical.

*Pencil*Believability ~

High

*Pencil*Diction ~

Some of your words are a stretch for me, but otherwise you have a well written piece here. When writing, you want to make your words flow as if they were part of normal speech. With this form, minor variations in line length are appropriate, so feel free to revise to make it more of a conversational flow.

*Pencil*Favorite Wording ~

Refuse Misery the pleasure it is stealing

*Pencil*Summary ~

This is a well written piece that falters slightly due to ignorance of basic rules.

*Pencil*Structure ~

Lento I – And you kept the first word rhyme! Very nice!

*Pencil*Ways to improve ~

I would revise with a keen eye on following standard grammar rules. Doing so would bring this piece from slightly above the fray to high within the lexicon.

Keep Writing!!!



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Review of Lento Poem  
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Rated: E | (3.5)
Review of: "Lento Poem [E]

Hello! First off, let me just say that this review is my own opinion. We all see things a bit differently, and we all have our likes and dislikes. Please feel free to incorporate this review into your editing, or ignore it. It is your writing, after all!

*Pencil*First Impression ~

A tribute to one’s grandmother, and a remembrance of her through the meme of her garden.

*Pencil*What I like ~

This brought back memories of my summers with my grandmother, and the gardening and landscaping we would do together.

*Pencil*Mechanics ~

No spelling errors, but your piece is devoid of punctuation, and you have capitalized each line. Punctuation and capitalization are very important in a poem, as they greatly enhance the flow of the piece.

Voice ~

Soft, and wistful.

Tone ~

Joyful, yet longing. Perhaps your speaker wishes to return to a simpler time and place.

Mood ~

Melancholy. Wistful.

Point of View ~

First person reflective.

Pace ~

Slow, methodical. Purposeful.

Rhythm ~

Pleasant, almost a soft drifting or rambling (In a good way).

*Pencil*Poetic Devices ~

Rhyme ~

*Pencil*Imagery ~

This piece places you in a garden scape, the plants blurred, your focus on a child and their grandmother working the land.

*Pencil*Believability ~

High, especially for those of us who had grandmothers with heavily green thumbs.

*Pencil*Diction ~

Evocative. Your words get your reader involved in the scene.

*Pencil*Favorite Wording ~

Watching leaves unfurl in springtime
feeding hungry roots below.

*Pencil*Summary ~

Very well put together. Although the poem paints a picture with faded edges, this technique is highly effective for the subject at hand.

*Pencil*Structure ~

Lento III, seven or eight syllables per line

*Pencil*Ways to improve ~

Spending a little more time on the traditional rules of grammar would make this piece really pop off the screen. Review your punctuation and grammar, and I think you will appreciate the difference.

Keep Writing!!!



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Rated: E | (4.0)
Review of: "The Reluctant Poet [E]

Hello! First off, let me just say that this review is my own opinion. We all see things a bit differently, and we all have our likes and dislikes. Please feel free to incorporate this review into your editing, or ignore it. It is your writing, after all!

*Pencil*First Impression ~

Your words cut your talent too short! This is a wonderful piece, and the humor of your self-depreciation reveals the high level of skill used to write this piece.

*Pencil*What I like ~

I like the perspective you have brought to writer’s block.

*Pencil*Mechanics ~

No issues with spelling, but you may wish to place a period at the end of the second stanza, and again at the end of line two in the first stanza. A comma would also go at the end of the third line of the first stanza. Do not be afraid of punctuation within a poem. It can be a highly effective way to control flow.

Voice ~

Humorous look at one’s inability to effectively craft poetry.

Tone ~

Frustrated, yet not too serious.

Mood ~

Upbeat, refreshingly applied to a normally downbeat subject.

Point of View ~

First person. Nicely puts you in the time and space of the poem.

Pace ~

Distracted by lack of punctuation and universal capitalization at the front of each line.

Rhythm ~

Smooth, enhancing the flow of the piece.

*Pencil*Poetic Devices ~

I am detecting a bit of alliteration, in addition to the rhyme scheme.

Rhyme ~

a-b-c-b d-e-f-e

*Pencil*Imagery ~

A poor nearly helpless sap sitting down to write, only to be foiled by self-imposed limitations to their abilities.

*Pencil*Believability ~

High – I think all poets have felt this way at one time or another, and at multiple points within their carrers.

*Pencil*Diction ~

Very effective. Nice use of words within the prescribed form.

*Pencil*Favorite Wording ~

I'm feeling daft as nature’s worst
and tripping over this absurd
method of getting it across

*Pencil*Summary ~

Well done, and with relatively minor issues, all of which are structural.

*Pencil*Structure ~

True to the Lento III formation

*Pencil*Ways to improve ~

If I could suggest one thing, it would be to not capitalize the first word of every line. By reducing words normally left uncapitalized you will increase the flow of your piece, and make it more enjoyable for your reader. This, and the punctuation remarks found earlier, would bring this piece to the next level.

Keep Writing!!!


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Rated: E | (4.5)
I like, very much! You make a lot of good points, and I think you and I are on a similar wave length. A combination of frustration with the parties and a hope for a solution. Why is it that the easiest solution is always the first to be discounted, and the last to be tried?

I am a firm believer that health care, and similar problems we face in our nation today, can all be mediated with a good dose of tort reform. Again, a solution that has little chance of seeing the light of day, despite its base attack at the roots of the issues.
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Review of The First Loser  
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Rated: 13+ | (3.5)
Review of:

Hello! First off, let me just say that this review is my own opinion. We all see things a bit differently, and we all have our likes and dislikes. Please feel free to incorporate this review into your editing, or ignore it. It is your writing, after all!

*Pencil*First Impression ~

This is an interesting poem, and sets an interesting picture of what it feels like to be the runner up in the competition for the affections of a loved one.

*Pencil*What I like ~

I love the way you have subtly captured the emotion of being seen but not heard with this piece. It is a position that many of us feel trapped in in our daily lives. I think for many of us the competition is not necessarily a sporting event, but the vessel works perfectly to showcase how playing second fiddle makes you feel.

I love the stanza:

“Have you every stopped to think
I don’t want it that way
This is truly your own selfish game”

I have wanted to say this to people a time or two myself.

The way you end this piece:

“They say in love
You sacrifice for the other
That’s what I’ll keep doing

You see me as second place
And you insist it’s not a bad thing
But in reality
I’m the first loser”

packs an amazing punch. and gives your poem a lot of weight.

*Pencil*Meter/Rhythm/Rhyme ~

Open form, so meter and rhyme have little effect. This piece does, however, have a nice rhythm to it.

*Pencil*Nuts & Bolts ~

See “Ways to improve”

*Pencil*Ways to improve ~

I know that many say that the rules of punctuation and capitalization can be suspended with poetry, but I am firmly of the opinion that these two foundations of our language are fundamental to the intended message of a poem. Their absence can drastically change the way a message is received by the reader. You should also avoid feeling like you need to capitalize every line. this interrupts the natural flow of the piece, and creates a choppy feel.

Keep Writing!!!



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Review of Night Cover  
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Rated: E | (4.0)
Review of: "Night Cover [E]

Hello! First off, let me just say that this review is my own opinion. We all see things a bit differently, and we all have our likes and dislikes. Please feel free to incorporate this review into your editing, or ignore it. It is your writing, after all!

*Pencil*First Impression ~

This piece shows that you have a great amount of feeling built up inside of you, a mixture of anger, frustration and exhaustion. If I am not mistaken, you most likely wrote this in a moment when your knuckles were white and your face was red. Totally understandable, as we have all been there before.

*Pencil*What I like ~

I like your flow of emotion, and the way you use the image of dark to foreshadow the loss of your battle, and the upsetting of the peace inside of you that resulted.

I love the near ending lines:

“It becomes a nightmare, a continuing nightmare,
That I’ll never finish what I need to;
That I’ll never know when the end has happened
Because I don’t even know when it began,
When it started.”

I think at times we all struggle with these feelings, especially when we personalize a losing struggle. This is reinforced by the immediately preceding questions:

“Is there any way out?
Is there any way in?”

It is obvious that you harbor a great deal of animosity for your foe:

“In the night they wait and they fester, planning to
Ruin the day, making plans to assault us when
There are so many others things we have to do.
In the night when we could be dealing with them
They seem to hover in a fog below us,
lingering and multiplying, making their plans
to turn our days into chaos, into crazy patterns of disarray!”

I have to wonder exactly what type of foe it is you are battling. Given the timing of your poem, and the passion within it, I have a guess, but it could be a number of things.

*Pencil*Meter/Rhythm/Rhyme ~

No meter or rhyme, and your rhythm is choppy and unsettling, but given the topic of your poem, I think it works well for you in this instance.

*Pencil*Nuts & Bolts ~

No issues here!

*Pencil*Ways to improve ~

One thing I would think of if I were you would be the use of stanzas. Breaking this piece up into multiple chunks of varied line length would make it a bit easier to read. I would also suggest waiting a little while, a month or so, then going back to revise and do some minor work on word choice. Reflection from a distance tends to enhance a piece, and you already have a strong start!

Keep Writing!!!



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Review of I Like Trees  
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Rated: E | (3.0)
Review of: "I Like Trees [E]

Hello! First off, let me just say that this review is my own opinion. We all see things a bit differently, and we all have our likes and dislikes. Please feel free to incorporate this review into your editing, or ignore it. It is your writing, after all!

*Pencil*First Impression ~

Interesting list of reasons to like trees.

*Pencil*What I like ~

My two favorite lines come neer the bottom:

"I like trees because they remind me of the frailness of people."

and

"I like trees because they never attempt to be anything but trees."

These are your two most powerful lines. It is unfortunate that you buried them att he way at the end of your piece.

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No meter, rhythm or rhyme

*Pencil*Nuts & Bolts ~

A specie is a minted coin. A species is a collection of simmilar life forms.

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If I were you, I would look at restructuring this piece. I would limit my use of the phrase "I like trees because". You might want to take each of these statements and turn each one into an expository stanza, showing us why each statement is true for you. The way it is now, this piece feels sterile. Poetry is very much like prose in that power comes in show, not tell.

Keep Writing!!!



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Rated: E | (4.5)
Review of: "Tear theTemple Walls Down, original [E]

Hello! First off, let me just say that this review is my own opinion. We all see things a bit differently, and we all have our likes and dislikes. Please feel free to incorporate this review into your editing, or ignore it. It is your writing, after all!

*Pencil*First Impression ~

Very nice! Although based on pagans in Lebanon, this piece could be about any place in the world where those who have practiced in secrecy a long banished religion.

*Pencil*What I like ~

I love the way you have built this piece aroung a primary refrain that reverses its meaning half way through the piece. This is a very nice effect, and helps to tie the entire poem together. There are so many lines here that stick out with power, including:

"Deface, disgrace, erase, defeat!
Force the Gods into Eternal sleep."

"Today they claim their sacrament,
Tomorrow they shall die."

and

"Dance beneath the Tyrant’s gaze,
Your purpose bold yet grave."

Very well done!

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Seven quatrains lead off by a morphing refrain. The first word of the second line of each quatrain is also repeated.

*Pencil*Nuts & Bolts ~

No issues here!

*Pencil*Ways to improve ~

Keep Writing!!!



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Review of Where I'm From  
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Rated: E | (5.0)
Review of:

Hello! First off, let me just say that this review is my own opinion. We all see things a bit differently, and we all have our likes and dislikes. Please feel free to incorporate this review into your editing, or ignore it. It is your writing, after all!

*Pencil*First Impression ~

Wow!

It is pieces like this that make free form poetry a real poetic structure, and not just a random collection of words! Very nicely done!

*Pencil*What I like ~

This piece has an elemental honesty to it, a level of personal ownership that is rare in today’s world. I get the feeling that, even though you would not trade where you are now, if given the chance to bring your current family into the world of your upbringing, you would do so in a heartbeat, and without hesitation or afterthought.

I love the first two lines of the first stanza:

“I'm from growing potatoes and corn, and snapping green beans, and canning beets,
and brothers who hunted squirrels and coons and turtles.”

As someone who grew up in a city and then decided to move out to the country, these lines speak volumes to me. Some of the other activities you mention, such as:

“I'm from building forts and swinging from vines deep in the woods,
and catching crawdads, and fishing.
I'm from long nights spent playing monopoly with friends,
and working puzzles with my mother,

are activities that I rarely got the chance to partake in growing up, but that I now partake in with my own children on a regular basis.

I had never heard of euchre. Your poem made me look up the rules.

I love the way you wrap this piece up, hinting that your life has moved in a new direction and alluding to where you are now. It is just enough of a peak to give us the concept that the world you grew up in to some extent no longer exists, while the brevity shows just how important that former world is to who you are today.


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Structured free form. Very tight in its grouping of concepts, leading to an allusion to a series of photographs in an album. Each stanza paints its own vivid picture of who you are, and where you have been in life.

*Pencil*Nuts & Bolts ~

No issues here!

*Pencil*Ways to improve ~

It would be difficult to make suggestions on a piece like this.

Keep Writing!!!



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Review of A Magic Lamp  
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Rated: E | (4.5)
Review of: "A Magic Lamp [E]

Hello! First off, let me just say that this review is my own opinion. We all see things a bit differently, and we all have our likes and dislikes. Please feel free to incorporate this review into your editing, or ignore it. It is your writing, after all!

*Pencil*First Impression ~

Very nice!

*Pencil*What I like ~

I love the undercurrent of inspiration built within this piece. You have here a wonderful picture of a single act changing the world you have built. I love the tension between the firs stanza:

"Each sinew tensed courageously in might
This fortitude enables one to dare
With outstretched hands to strike a spark to light
A lamp within the darkness of despair."

and the last:

"And in this garden many seek to camp
To see the man who said, "I'll light a lamp.""

*Pencil*Meter/Rhythm/Rhyme ~

A very solid example of a Shakespearean Sonnet. Rhythm and meter are solid, and all of your rhymes are crisp.

*Pencil*Nuts & Bolts ~

I think this piece, if anything, could use a bit more punctuation, especially when it comes to making clear brakes in your enjambments. I in particular would love to see comma at the end of the first and third lines, and a dash at the end of the second line:

"Each sinew tensed courageously in might(,)
This fortitude enables one to dare(-)
With outstretched hands to strike a spark to light(s)
A lamp within the darkness of despair."

I think this gives the reading of the piece a more crisp break, and adds power to your words. I am of a camp that believes that punctuation should be used, at times liberally, in poems. Especially if it is used to strengthen emotion.

*Pencil*Ways to improve ~

Keep Writing!!!



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Review of The Forever Gift  
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Rated: E | (4.5)
Review of: "The Forever Gift [E]

Hello! First off, let me just say that this review is my own opinion. We all see things a bit differently, and we all have our likes and dislikes. Please feel free to incorporate this review into your editing, or ignore it. It is your writing, after all!

*Pencil*First Impression ~

This is a very moving piece about a young service man (given the use of the word "ashore", I would guess navy) and his girlfriend, and the compeeting desire to both serve his country and be with his love on Christmas day.

*Pencil*What I like ~

First off, I love the subject of this piece, and the resolution to the story it tells. The letter:

“This ring is just a pact,
a symbol in abstract,
of the love that it implies.
With you, I am complete
and distance can’t defeat
a true love that never dies.”

is very touching, and it gives the impression that this is a relationship that goes very deep. As a military brat, I know how difficult military relationships can be, and this touched a chord with me that way.

I think you hit the emotion of contact perfectly with the lines:

Her worries disappeared,
like the skies had cleared.
At last, the sun had found her.

And show the length he is willing to go to in order to arrange the delivery of a package to his loved one on Christmas morning.

*Pencil*Meter/Rhythm/Rhyme ~

This is a Balassi Stanza poem of four stanzas, following both the meter and rhyme scheme characteristic of the form. I appreciated the long rhyme of the three seven meter feet in the fourth stanza.

*Pencil*Nuts & Bolts ~

No issues here.

*Pencil*Ways to improve ~

None that I could find. Once again, I am in awe of your tallent.

Keep Writing!!!

This review placed on behalf of Bonnie , as part of a package won in the PDG spring auction.

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Review of Remember You  
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Rated: ASR | (4.5)
Dear Matt

I am reviewing "Remember You For the Rockin Gift Station

Hello! First off, let me just say that this review is my own opinion. We all see things a bit differently, and we all have our likes and dislikes. Please feel free to incorporate this review into your editing, or ignore it. It is your writing, after all!

*Pencil*First Impression ~

WOW! This is an amazing piece of poetry!

*Pencil*What I like ~

The immagery in this is amazing, and sets the reader up to envision a world where the world is reduced to the reader and their loved one, and the small amount of space inbetween.

*Pencil*Nuts and Bolts ~

Two octaves followed by a couplet. Octives scheme abcbdedfe, couplet scheme aa

*Pencil*Ways to improve ~

Keep Writing!!!



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Rated: E | (4.5)
I stumbled onto this while wondering if there was a group for Asperger's members here at WDC. Thank you for putting this up!

Marc
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Review of NON EXISTENT LOVE  
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Rated: E | (4.0)
Review of: "NON EXISTENT LOVE [E]

Hello! First off, let me just say that this review is my own opinion. We all see things a bit differently, and we all have our likes and dislikes. Please feel free to incorporate this review into your editing, or ignore it. It is your writing, after all!

*Pencil*First Impression ~

I get the feeling that you see yourself almost as a single fish in a small fish bowl. I get the impression that you are isolated in your community, based on how you view the community around you.

*Pencil*What I like ~

I like the innocence in this piece, and the simplicity with which you communicate your message.

I love the slight refrain -

"In this vast country
In this small town,"

that ties the poem together.

*Pencil*Nuts & Bolts ~

The second to last line reads:

"LOVE in humanit's heart"

I think you mean:

"LOVE in humanity's heart"

*Pencil*Ways to improve ~

After reading this piece, I find myself wanting to know more about you and the environment you find yourself in. What separates you from the people you live amoungst? Why do you feel that they have lost their connection to the emotion of love?

Keep Writing!!!



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Review of Motherhood  
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Rated: ASR | (4.5)
Review of: Motherhood

Hello! First off, let me just say that this review is my own opinion. We all see things a bit differently, and we all have our likes and dislikes. Please feel free to incorporate this review into your editing, or ignore it. It is your writing, after all!

*Pencil*Contest ~

Deep Thoughts - "Te"

*Pencil*First Impression ~

Amazing!

*Pencil*What I like ~

You have captured, in the form of a fitting portrait, the emotions of many parents within this piece. I remember nights like this in my own house.

*Pencil*Followed the Prompt ~

Yes

*Pencil*Followed the Requirements ~

Yes

*Pencil*Nuts & Bolts ~

No issues here!

*Pencil*Ways to improve ~

Keep Writing!!!



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Review of Alone In Silence  
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Rated: E | (3.5)
Dear

I am reviewing "Invalid Item For the Rockin Gift Station

Hello! First off, let me just say that this review is my own opinion. We all see things a bit differently, and we all have our likes and dislikes. Please feel free to incorporate this review into your editing, or ignore it. It is your writing, after all!

*Pencil*First Impression ~

You have a lovely sentiment here, and I can relate to the overwhelming sense of introvertedness within this piece.

*Pencil*What I like ~

I like the immage of one being trapped in an enclosed, shrinking space. I especially like the second stanza:

Unforgettable passion
A trait that used to be
Now closed off forever
Drowning in the sea

This conveys a lot of emotion, and is highly effective.

*Pencil*Ways to improve ~

I know what thay say about poetry not needing punctuation, but in reality, punctuation is a big componant in the flow of a piece. On the same token, having every line start with a capital letter also impeeds flow. The first thing I would do, to add strength to this piece, would be to address these two issues.

Keep Writing!!!



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Review of Passionate Lust  
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Rated: 18+ | (4.5)
Review of: Passionate Lust

Hello! First off, let me just say that this review is my own opinion. We all see things a bit differently, and we all have our likes and dislikes. Please feel free to incorporate this review into your editing, or ignore it. It is your writing, after all!

*Pencil*First Impression ~

For a piece of love poetry, this is really good. I am not normally one for love poetry, but I do like this piece.

*Pencil*What I like ~

I like the way you have chosen and used the words for this piece. I like the italix of the word lust in line 5, and the whole way that passage is set up:

“This soft, caressful lust he gives
with just a kiss to my soft, pink lips.”

I like the way that you have set this piece as exclusively about lust, never allowing love to enter the mix to cloud the issue. That is very powerful, and as you point out, sinful pleasure. You are very descriptive with this piece, and that is powerful.

*Pencil*Meter/Rhythm/Rhyme ~

I think you might want to consider breaking this up into a few stanzas, just to highlight specific passages, and add a little variation to the tone of this piece. For example, setting off the line:

“He is the bosom of my surroundings.”

Making this its own stanza would place more emphasis, and in the case of your wording, more passion into this statement. I might also think about breaks between lines 8&9, 13&14, and 18&19. Having everything as a single stanza quickens the pace of this piece, and I think slowing it down with the breaks would help to get your reader to linger a bit within the piece.

*Pencil*Nuts & Bolts ~

You might want to add two commas, at the ends of lines 17 and 19.

*Pencil*Ways to improve ~

Keep Writing!!!



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