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by RCJames
Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Lifting Fog
Replies: 12
Views: 2008

Re: Lifting Fog

churinga - Yah, I like the longer line format better. Thanks for the suggestion -= RC
by RCJames
Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Lifting Fog
Replies: 12
Views: 2008

Re: Lifting Fog

I'm not a big fan of vignettes - and this all happened within the space of a half hour - It's all
a kind of unified emotional, experiential rush for me - so, there are no divisional points in
it for me. Now different brands of vinaigrettes I like - RC
by RCJames
Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Lifting Fog
Replies: 12
Views: 2008

Lifting Fog

there’s heavy ground fog this morning, only black, sentry-still tree tops are visible, stripped weeks ago in a northeaster that shook the saplings into a puppet frenzy. Angie and Captain whine at the door; I shush them, they nose-bump the glass, then are gone through the first crack, bounding down t...
by RCJames
Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Talking with Shadows (revision 5) was Bothering Spectres
Replies: 25
Views: 3070

Re: Talking with Shadows (revision 5) was Bothering Spectres

JJ - The latest revision reads really well - smoother than any of its predecessors. I see a lot of work - similar to my attempts at turning questionable offerings into valid pieces. It seems to go on endlessly, until something clicks, breaks, falls into place. You can probably rest awhile on the pil...
by RCJames
Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: A Seasonal Savant
Replies: 6
Views: 1570

Re: A Seasonal Savant

Silent - I'm not used to seeing your thoughts in precise poem form - usually comments etc.
Am delighted to see this from your pen - and here I thought you were much too refined for
rollicking word-play and jest. RC
by RCJames
Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Skins
Replies: 8
Views: 1829

Re: Skins

I thought you two guys were the same person - hah! - thank you both then - RC
by RCJames
Sun Mar 04, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Skins
Replies: 8
Views: 1829

Re: Skins

David - Yah I was hesitant about woman-magnet - it's outta there - Thanks - I appreciate it - RC
by RCJames
Sat Mar 03, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Skins
Replies: 8
Views: 1829

Skins

At Ray's suggestion: I have old skins given to me that matter now. I. A black, 50’s leather jacket teen hoods wore back then; this one is from a gentler soul, running buddy Kev, prince, gladiator, leader of our endless war protests. His grin, mock-trick eyes, party-time hail-fellow-well-met exhortat...
by RCJames
Sat Mar 03, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Frosted Flakes
Replies: 14
Views: 2768

Re: Frosted Flakes

Lou - Frosted Flakes was my breakfast of choice in my formative years - loved the crunch and that quick sugar jolt just before school. I enjoyed the refrain, and the tidy rhyme scheme. Best - RC
by RCJames
Sat Mar 03, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: To the Flow
Replies: 6
Views: 1457

Re: To the Flow

James - I enjoyed this scenic view and exploration of the landscape, nice steady rhyrhm throughout. Only nit is with the use of the word "trepidation," - seems a little hi-falutin' in comparison with the rest. - RC
by RCJames
Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Lucille, Blind Son, Deep Blues, and an Empty Tobacco Can
Replies: 14
Views: 2185

Re: Lucille, Blind Son, Deep Blues, and an Empty Tobacco Can

veild physical threats

If you want to get your point across, make sure you at least get the spelling right -
I don't do physical violence - I shine it on and tongue-kiss the attacker - that usually does the trick - So good to hear from you again - RC
by RCJames
Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Lucille, Blind Son, Deep Blues, and an Empty Tobacco Can
Replies: 14
Views: 2185

Re: Lucille, Blind Son, Deep Blues, and an Empty Tobacco Can

mac - I saw Lightnin' at a club in Austin - musta been '73 or thereabouts - He was onstage - about 2 in the morning - and there were 6 glasses of whiskey put in front of him by fans - After his set - he ignored the whiskey and took a seat in an armchair - two nubile girls took a seat on either arm -...
by RCJames
Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Lucille, Blind Son, Deep Blues, and an Empty Tobacco Can
Replies: 14
Views: 2185

Re: Lucille, Blind Son, Deep Blues, and an Empty Tobacco Can

Thanks JJ and Tristan - You come to expect it on the boards - doesn't make it any less tiresome - RC
by RCJames
Sat Feb 24, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Lucille, Blind Son, Deep Blues, and an Empty Tobacco Can
Replies: 14
Views: 2185

Re: Lucille, Blind Son, Deep Blues, and an Empty Tobacco Can

David - "I hate to ask whether white men can write poems about the blues" My take on that, after more than 50 years of studying, following, playing, and learning more about the blues everyday, is color boundaries are dropping by the wayside as we progress into a shared environment - Everybody gets t...
by RCJames
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Lucille, Blind Son, Deep Blues, and an Empty Tobacco Can
Replies: 14
Views: 2185

Re: Lucille, Blind Son, Deep Blues, and an Empty Tobacco Can

Antcliff - Thanks for your input - I've gone back and forth on line length - but as you so rightly point out, it's the breaks that are causing havoc and confusion. I will tend to it.
Appreciate your pointing out the cliche moments - easily fixed. - RC
by RCJames
Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Lucille, Blind Son, Deep Blues, and an Empty Tobacco Can
Replies: 14
Views: 2185

Re: Lucille, Blind Son, Deep Blues, and an Empty Tobacco Can

JJ - Thanks - this was one of the stand-out experiences of my young life, I was on my way to Texas to learn some blues. I met another blues player in East Texas, Mance Lipscomb, who became my mentor. I became his unofficial roadie, carrying his equipment and driving him to his gigs; he was in his ea...
by RCJames
Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Lucille, Blind Son, Deep Blues, and an Empty Tobacco Can
Replies: 14
Views: 2185

Lucille, Blind Son, Deep Blues, and an Empty Tobacco Can

Tallulah, Louisiana, endless fields with baby- elephant-ear tobacco leaves, hanging shreds of cotton and tangerines. I knock on a paint-peeled door; shuffling, rustlings inside the shotgun shack. A white-haired man, pipe, dark glasses, cracks open the door. Sorry to bother you, they tol’ me further ...
by RCJames
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Traces of Apartheid Near Sheffield Pike (rev 3)
Replies: 23
Views: 3497

Re: Traces of industry near Sheffield Pike

I admire your command of bucolic scenes - here there's the contrast with urban development - effective clatter and collision.

The closing two lines are super:

"...yet still the corrugated iron whoops with the wind,
as if chanting to ghosts for forgiveness."

Thoroughly enjoyed this - RC
by RCJames
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Driving Lesson
Replies: 12
Views: 2047

Re: Driving Lesson

Ray - I like the cultural confusion aspects of this, the bias in the driver's reactions and then the turn-around (sic.) response on the day of the funeral. Not boring - I was involved with this aspect - the last line is a kind of throw-away - but so is learning to drive from an agency instructor - RC
by RCJames
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:04 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Aja Monet/Washington Women's March (rev. 4)
Replies: 13
Views: 4060

Re: Aja Monet/Washington Women's March (rev. 4)

David - It was not so much a tribute to her speech as to her , to the African-American struggle throughout history, and her manner and effectiveness of delivery at the event. She is a heroine to many in the Resistance to Trump movement, I was speaking to that accolade she deserves so well, as well. ...
by RCJames
Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: Post Some Prose
Topic: Triple-Cross on Little Elizabeth Street
Replies: 1
Views: 2429

Triple-Cross on Little Elizabeth Street

I suspect you’ve heard of a double cross, ain’t too complicated, try a triple cross you want complications. That’s exactly what I was involved in up to my thick aching neck at the moment. We went back what seemed like centuries, me and Ernie, Ernie Flatulose, named that not for nothing, he was stink...
by RCJames
Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Aja Monet/Washington Women's March (rev. 4)
Replies: 13
Views: 4060

Re: Aja Monet/Washington Women's March (rev. 4)

As you can see - lots of revisions - down to this one -4- and unwittingly, i've pared it down to a slimmer style - similar to the poet's (Aja Monte) style - Working it, it finally resolved into this form. RC