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Rated: ASR | (4.5)
This is a fantastic A-Z poem! You've worked some rhyme into it as well, seamlessly meeting today's prompt for the Writer's Cramp. It was a lot of un to read -- "color" me impressed. Write on!


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Review of The Jewel Thief  
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Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
This could be a minstrel's song played for a group of merry festival-goer folk. I loved it and could almost hear the minstrels playing a rollicking melody! Congrats to you for your Writer's Cramp win today. I'm very interested in reading more of your work.


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Review of Vision  
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Rated: E | (4.5)
I love this. Now you *really* have to read Anne McCaffrey's books. In her word (Pern), girls are the ones who impress the golden eggs, just as in your piece. You weave lovely language with easy rhyme and a solid story, into a fantastic poem! Thank you for helping celebrate Writing.com's 23rd birthday. *Wink*


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Review of A Love Story  
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Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
Wow - you work so well within this form to create a truly lovely poem full of longing and memory.

My favorite line:

The ancient elephant is no longer
a threat, but still you’re saving me.

It's beautiful, as is the sentiment you create. You avoid writing what could be a very trite poem, considering the prompt was simply "something that happens on a carousel." (If you don't win Writer's Cramp with this today then I don't know what!)

Amy *Wink*


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Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
This is lovely and sensual - I love your direct metaphor throughout, and the subject fits so well within the pi form.

The only thing I might suggest is replacing the one simile with another metaphor - instead of "like chicory," perhaps "of chicory" or simply "chicory." Just a thought.

Wonderfully delicious! Thanks for sharing.


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Rated: E | (5.0)
Love this contest and very much appreciate the opportunity to compete with my fellow poets! Your contest inspires me to write more - and write better. I am grateful and will continue to participate as I am able.

Thank you so much.
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Review of Travelling  
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Rated: E | (5.0)
Hello! I am a fellow entrant into today's Writer's Cramp contest (and sometimes I'm a judge). I loved this entry! I think you really knew how to work within the strict form to give your reader a sense of image and feeling. Images like photographs move outward, upward too, into concepts.

It's as though you started focused in to tiny detail and then slowly pulled back for a broader view. I read it several times and enjoyed it more each time. Bravo!


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Review of End of Summer  
Rated: E | (4.5)
Congratulations on your writer's cramp win today! This was a fun poem that met the prompt perfectly!

Amy
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Rated: ASR | (5.0)
This is a great response to my (admittedly) ignorantly unscientific Writer's Cramp prompt. You have a great writing style that keeps your reader's interest and tells the story with clear, concise language and great dialogue, with the added benefit of scientific facts. Bravo!


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Rated: E | (4.5)
Congrats on your writer's cramp win today. Very clever poem!
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Review of Preparation  
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Rated: E | (4.5)
I like the way this looks on the page, and how you've developed the poem. It builds in line length as it adds meaning and images. The short phrases and single words separated by periods adds to its stark, empty tone.

My favorite line is: Two Bits for Fare. Red Light Pallor.
because it adds dimension and is indirect.

The last three words, separated by wide spaces, add to this too. I'm so sorry for your loss.


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Review of Tear Soup  
Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
What a lovely way to remember your mother. I like how you include both edible and inedible elements (and words themselves, as in the lyrics to Yankee Doodle Dandy) as ingredients in your recipe. It feels soft and sad at the same time. The 2nd to last stanza is particularly powerful, with the tears taking longer to boil than anything else.
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Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
This is lovely and at the same time sharp. I like how you've used visuals (with shortened lines and the spacing in 'slowbeats') to emphasize and bring alive your meaning. The word "icebox" brings your reader back to your father's day and time - I remember my own father saying it, and his mother as well -- and how their generation shoved their pain and feelings "to the back of the shelf," as you describe. Love how the glacier melts and thaws in the last stanza. It feels like a great fatherly affection.


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Review of April  
Rated: ASR | (4.5)
What a clever raincloud shaped-poem! I enjoyed reading your take on April Showers while successfully avoiding. Great use of alliteration and assonance...your poem seems to gather speed as it goes along, much as water would running down a mountain stream in spring. Best of luck to you in the "The Taboo Words Contest ~ On Hiatus.
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for entry "A Mosquito's Plea
Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
I thought your mosquito poem was incredibly clever!
One drop of blood, yes -- but a lot of itching lol
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Review of Addicted to ABBA  
Rated: E | (4.5)
Ha! This is fun and very clever. Love how you wove "mama mia" into the poem, and the end is a great bonus...I was even thinking in the beginning "well at least it's not Barry Manilow!" Hahaha

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Review of Poetry  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Don't know why this has no ratings but I'll remedy that right now. Wonderful work! I hope you keep writing.
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Rated: E | (5.0)
Another goodie. And another cool form I've never heard of and now want to try. I'm loving your work. Who the heck gave this 3 stars?

This reads like a Moody Blues song - you've woven lyrics, methinks. I felt compelled to read it several times, to savor the phrasing and taste the sounds. I love questions in a poem, especially when they evoke images. And that last couplet is stunning: "senses breach the fences of compromise" is such a uniquely crafted idea. Nothing trite here. Thanks so much for sharing!



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Review of To May  
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Rated: E | (5.0)
You're now one of my official "favorites." I love when poets try different forms as well as free verse, and you're so good at it! You don't reach for fancy language or over-wrought metaphor, and nothing feels forced.

I kind of want the butterfly to be a she. Can the butterfly be a she?

With all that rhyme it could easy fall into the realm of sing-song-y tripe. But no! It's very sweet - and never saccharine - with a wink at the end. Nice!


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Review of December  
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Rated: E | (5.0)
OOOh this is lovely. I'd love to try this form, because yours is inspiring with its gentle flow and crisp, inventive images. I do love a fireplace, and could almost feel the warmth from the one you've conjured. Thank you for sharing.


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In affiliation with disABILITY WRITERS GROUP  
Rated: E | (4.5)
Hello! Fellow writer's cramp-er here. I really enjoyed reading your dystopian short story. It flowed very well and held my interest all the way through, and you worked the required phrases in seamlessly. I wonder if it could be expanded into a larger tale. I want to know what happened, and whether they find freedom! Thanks for sharing.

Amy
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Review of Recipe  
Rated: E | (5.0)
Hahahaha! Loved it. A well-deserved first place in the Humorous Poetry contest!

Amy
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Review of Soon  
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Rated: 13+ | (4.5)
Love that shiny black ribbon - well deserved. The perspective of 'soon' as a thousand years away is appropriately jarring, though maybe you could take it even father and make it a million. Would that be even more powerful? Maybe not. I'm nitpicking, because this doesn't have much to pick apart.

I did kind of want the lines broken up differently. For example, you've got:

The moth moved apparently aimlessly
amid the motionless mannequins of the mausoleum.
Corpses clad in transparent parchment,
fine thin and brittle, long dead and dusty,
grinned or gaped, without mirth
in silence stretching eternally.

There's so much alliteration and sound-play that you could stand more of it on its own, to slow it down for impact...maybe some visual onomatopoeia (with "fine" and "thin" standing alone), like this for an example:

The moth moved
apparently aimlessly
amid the motionless mannequins
of the mausoleum.

Corpses clad in
transparent parchment,
fine
thin
and brittle, long dead and
dusty, grinned or gaped,
without mirth
in silence
stretching eternally.

I especially liked how you anthropomorphize the light, here:

Light trod hesitantly here, faltered and,
died

...though I wouldn't put a comma after "and" -- you don't really need it, especially since you separate the next thought with a line break.

Also, you use "amid" twice in the second line of both stanzas one and two; I wonder if another word in one spot or the other would work better and avoid repetition.

I think the poem's greatest accomplishment is in asking "when," providing an answer, and still not revealing *what* is going to happen when the thousand years are gone- yet providing enough detail and mood for the reader to imagine any number of dark answers.

Kudos!

Amy


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Review of Requiem of Dreams  
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Rated: E | (5.0)
I am reading this because I also wrote a poem in the Dark Dreamscapes contest; "Invalid Item

This is so darkly lovely - I loved this particular photo prompt but couldn't think of a good way to use it. You've done a wonderful job.

My favorite lines: Listening to soft shrieks
as the tree keens and withers,
helpless against igneous assault.

You utilize rich alliteration/assonance (without being overdone) and the imagery you have crafted comes to life easily. You strike a beautiful balance between story and sound. Good luck in the contest; I would not be surprised if you won!

Amy


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Review of Joshua  
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Rated: 13+ | (3.5)
Hello!

I found your story while doing a "random read." I'm glad I did! I loved the idea of a couple finding one another from a past life.

I would suggest putting spaces between paragraphs, for an easier reading experience.

Some edits: In this sentence: "Weeks past, and I found a quaint little apartment on Chop Drive, called, East Chop Harbor Front Apartments. For once in my life, I was totally happy."

You want the word "passed," not "past." And no comma is needed after the word "called."

Also, you say: "We grew closer each day and spent most of our time together." I think this is a good opportunity to flesh out the story. Your reader will care more about the characters if you include some more context here.

Toward the end you say: "He left me because he was married and could not leave his wife because of their children." Again, I feel this is an opportunity to add more detail and make the tale more compelling.

Thank you for sharing your story. I hope this review has been helpful.

Write on!

Amy




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