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by BenJohnson
Wed Apr 04, 2012 10:31 am
Forum: Ezines, Magazines and Publications
Topic: PG Anthology?
Replies: 95
Views: 13501

Re: PG Anthology?

Thanks Nash and Brian for raising a point I forgot to mention I would love to see Barrie's poems in here. The costs are largely irrelevant Ros. The last book contained close to a hundred poems and ran to 118 pages by the time biographies, etc were added. It is still only a slim volume. I would like ...
by BenJohnson
Wed Apr 04, 2012 7:37 am
Forum: Ezines, Magazines and Publications
Topic: PG Anthology?
Replies: 95
Views: 13501

Re: PG Anthology?

While there are many ways the book could be laid out, I can remember an objection from someone here :wink: against anthologies which mix and match poems from different writers. That is one possibility an organised jumble of poems where anyone could end up next to anyone else. However my preference w...
by BenJohnson
Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:49 pm
Forum: Ezines, Magazines and Publications
Topic: PG Anthology?
Replies: 95
Views: 13501

Re: PG Anthology?

Which end of the economics? Cost of production or royalties? I will cover the costs of production and hopefully get them back again, beyond that I am not fussed. So the issue of where the royalties go to is open to discussion. Three possible options 1) Nicky and Cam for providing PG, 2) to be divide...
by BenJohnson
Tue Apr 03, 2012 4:36 pm
Forum: Any Other Business
Topic: Well, duh!
Replies: 2
Views: 950

Re: Well, duh!

Well duh! There really isn't much more you can say to the blindingly obvious :D
by BenJohnson
Tue Apr 03, 2012 12:50 pm
Forum: Ezines, Magazines and Publications
Topic: PG Anthology?
Replies: 95
Views: 13501

Re: PG Anthology?

Old ones obviously have the benefit of having been more thoroughly edit. Previously published ones would be fine also as long as they haven't got any strange copyright restrictions as a result. Newer ones should be fine, but obviously might need suggestions for revision, etc.
by BenJohnson
Tue Apr 03, 2012 12:27 pm
Forum: Ezines, Magazines and Publications
Topic: PG Anthology?
Replies: 95
Views: 13501

Re: PG Anthology?

Some sort of criteria for entry would also need to be laid out as to the standard of poems to be included and who is deciding that standard, etc. Good idea, but this is the sticky bit, I think. Ros I need a nodding smilie with a slightly worried look. However if there is enough interest I'm sure we...
by BenJohnson
Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:24 am
Forum: Ezines, Magazines and Publications
Topic: PG Anthology?
Replies: 95
Views: 13501

PG Anthology?

While being AWOL for a few months I haven't been totally idle. As a few people here know I have been spending my free time setting up a publishing company Ravenshead Press and putting together a charity poetry anthology for another poetry forum which was released a couple of days ago, but which I am...
by BenJohnson
Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:12 am
Forum: Any Other Business
Topic: T.S.Eliot takes the Turing Test
Replies: 1
Views: 682

T.S.Eliot takes the Turing Test

While trying to make progress with a poem about A.I. I spent some time feeding T.S.Eliot into Cleverbot, some of the lines I fed in more than once and chose the best responses April is the cruellest month.Breeding Yes. Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing How do they reproduce out in the wild? Memory...
by BenJohnson
Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:28 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Paint me, paint me…
Replies: 18
Views: 1254

Re: Paint me, paint me…

Although it works as ted-hued the colour of a teddy as well, two for the price as one. I've been finding god mileage with headset mics the sort that secretaries use for getting good sound quality. Given up on other style mics through computer jacks, most just sound shite (at least down the cheaper e...
by BenJohnson
Sat Mar 31, 2012 4:07 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Paint me, paint me…
Replies: 18
Views: 1254

Re: Paint me, paint me…

I enjoyed reading the original Camus, though now I find myself liking Brian's snipped down version which is certainly less bumpy. It also removes a slight cultural issue for me, the poem is about shades of yellow. When I think school bus/bus I'm thinking red, with time I can make my way to American ...
by BenJohnson
Thu Mar 29, 2012 7:46 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: The shape of grief
Replies: 8
Views: 590

Re: The shape of grief

Hope and delusion
are cordial neighbors: if one finds the other at home.
A good turn of phrase Suzanne.
by BenJohnson
Thu Mar 29, 2012 12:24 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: New Math
Replies: 13
Views: 847

Re: New Math

Very nicely constructed.
by BenJohnson
Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:38 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: an elephant reports its findings.
Replies: 2
Views: 337

Re: an elephant reports its findings.

Some very good observations here, I like the parts on the zebra crossing, the homeless and particularly liked these lines My initial impression upon leaving home was the stench. Not the smell of the inner self outed but a truly curious concoction. the smell of the inner self outed had a peculiar phr...
by BenJohnson
Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:46 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Inner Space
Replies: 8
Views: 589

Re: Inner Space

I don't think it needs justifying since it feels correct when reading it and is clearly understood, it was only on reflection with over thinking it that I made the niggley point. Probably not unlike Coleridge who altered the passage in the Ancient Mariner a couple of times where he describes the wak...
by BenJohnson
Wed Mar 28, 2012 1:25 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Inner Space
Replies: 8
Views: 589

Re: Inner Space

I like the metaphor you have employed for this subject and for me the first two lines of the last stanza were a highlight, something about the voice that makes it interesting. Following the metaphor though the last line seems slightly off, a celestial body isn't usually sent spinning when perturbed ...
by BenJohnson
Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:56 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Prayer for the Aquarium (Revision)
Replies: 21
Views: 1515

Re: Prayer for the Aquarium (Revision)

I like the revision and particular highlights for me are the line break here 'Let me not be afraid of the dark/eyes of the rat,' and the phrase 'Your pockets full/of sound.' I'm finding the ending very oblique although I can understand what you are hinting at and agree it should be hint only, things...
by BenJohnson
Sat Mar 24, 2012 6:12 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Jigsaw
Replies: 14
Views: 1023

Re: Jigsaw

Glad to see you on the E-board Nicky. Overall this is a lovely poem (I have a bad tendency to gloss over the titles while reading so the poem formed slowly for me and built itself into a jigsaw). Had I read properly I would have agreed that the current title is too obvious though darned if I can off...
by BenJohnson
Sat Mar 24, 2012 5:54 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: In the Mist
Replies: 16
Views: 1079

Re: In the Bog

Much like our area where the horses, donkeys and cattle roam free, we barely have any decent bogs left around here though. What does 'pibroch' mean? Sheep. In life, saying so little; in death, so eloquent. I particularly like these lines in the context of the whole poem, coming after the image of th...
by BenJohnson
Sat Mar 24, 2012 12:48 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: In the Mist
Replies: 16
Views: 1079

Re: In the Bog

Answers my question then :) I've only ever heard it related to horses but round here our sheep tend to be field confined and are more inclined to thod. Took me a couple of readings to work out what is going on or being described, but I got there (I think) in the end, unless you tell me this isn't a ...
by BenJohnson
Sat Mar 24, 2012 11:49 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: In the Mist
Replies: 16
Views: 1079

Re: In the Bog

Do sheep clop? I always associate that with horses.
by BenJohnson
Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:43 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Visiting Home (formerly "going west")
Replies: 10
Views: 766

Re: Visiting Home (formerly "going west")

A great re-write. The first is a pretty bauble but has no real substance, the second version is good honest stuff. I like the way it proceeds first with the return to city street, then why you left and how you felt while away, slowly building up to your return. I found it visually quite a block of t...
by BenJohnson
Wed Mar 21, 2012 10:41 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: The Bell
Replies: 28
Views: 1965

Re: The Bell

A nice piece Mic. I particularly like the 'new pens' which for me sets the scene start away as the start of the school term. Either these children are new to schooling or have been enjoying holidays now they are back and hard at work. Only two words but as the right two words they work perfectly and...
by BenJohnson
Wed Mar 21, 2012 10:32 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Albicocche
Replies: 18
Views: 1551

Re: Albicocche

Splendid, I envy the confident tone of your poetry which always knows what it wants to say and how to say it. For me it doesn't put a foot wrong. I sometimes wonder if all the delighted laughter is a result of getting things right in another language or due to slip ups. As is ever the case no one ex...
by BenJohnson
Sat Feb 25, 2012 12:17 am
Forum: Ezines, Magazines and Publications
Topic: Message in a bottle and Envoi
Replies: 26
Views: 3954

Re: Message in a bottle and Envoi

Congratulations David, received my Envoi this afternoon and had a nose through it, fairly unimpressed until halfway through (I was reading it backwards) and came across a poem I was enjoying reading. Suddenly I thought this seems familiar and checked the author, three in one issue! So far the best t...
by BenJohnson
Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:51 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: National Poetry Month Poster
Replies: 2
Views: 591

National Poetry Month Poster

Is it me is is this years National Poetry Month poster the dullest ever? Personally I think it would put me off the whole idea of poetry being interest, relevant, etc

http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/98