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PostSubject: Favorite Poet or Poem   Favorite Poet or Poem EmptyThu Nov 06, 2008 3:48 pm

I sometimes enjoy reading poetry; one of my favorite poets is Robert Service, anything from The Spell Of The Yukon. Anyone else have favorites?
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Poet or Poem   Favorite Poet or Poem EmptyThu Nov 06, 2008 4:07 pm

I'm studying poetry right now, so I've been down a long reading list of great writers... but absolute all-time favorites? Probably Robert Frost, T.S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, and Robert Burns. Maybe E.A. Robinson to make is a round top 5.
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Poet or Poem   Favorite Poet or Poem EmptyThu Nov 06, 2008 5:59 pm

Leonard Cohen
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Poet or Poem   Favorite Poet or Poem EmptyFri Nov 07, 2008 12:49 pm

Here is a poem from one of my favorite movies:
I stand on the hill
not for a thrill
but for a breath
af a fresh kill
never mind the man
who contemplates
doing away with license plates
he stands alone anyway
baking the cookies of discontent
by the heat of a laundrymat vent
leaving his soul...

parting waters
under the medulla oblongata
of...

mankind.

Can you name the movie?
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Poet or Poem   Favorite Poet or Poem EmptyMon Nov 10, 2008 11:06 am

Here is a little diddy I found years ago relating to Tobacco:
Tobacco is a dirty weed:
I like it.
It satisfies no normal need:
I like it.
It makes you thin, it makes you lean,
It takes the hair right off your bean,
It's the worst darn stuff I've ever seen:
I like it.
-Graham Lee Hemminger
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Poet or Poem   Favorite Poet or Poem EmptyMon Nov 10, 2008 2:16 pm

That first poem was from the movie "The Birdcage" with Robin Williams.

When I was in Sunday school they taught us:

Tobacco is a dirty weed
And from the Devil doth proceed............

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Poet or Poem   Favorite Poet or Poem EmptyMon Nov 10, 2008 2:32 pm

Winslow wrote:
That first poem was from the movie "The Birdcage" with Robin Williams.

When I was in Sunday school they taught us:

Tobacco is a dirty weed
And from the Devil doth proceed............

Winslow sunny

I don't know "The Birdcage" but I love Robin Williams. I'll have to check it out.
The movie I was thinking of is "Sling Blade" with Billy Bob Thorton.
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I guess the Sunday School teaching didnt take huh? Favorite Poet or Poem 6629 Favorite Poet or Poem 98591
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Poet or Poem   Favorite Poet or Poem EmptyMon Nov 10, 2008 2:46 pm

Winslow didn't pay attention to that Sunday School lesson because that poem is rank Gnostic heresy. Gen. 1:11-12 and 1:29 tell us that tobacco is divinely-given. Shame on the Bible School teachers who can't handle even Book 1, Chapter 1!
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Poet or Poem   Favorite Poet or Poem EmptyTue Nov 11, 2008 12:46 pm

T. S. Eliot...probably one of the greatest poets ever in all of English Literature...received the Nobel Prize (when it meant something) in 1954 (iirc) for his work in revitalizing and modernizing the field of poetry as Hemingway did with prose... cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Poet or Poem   Favorite Poet or Poem EmptyTue Nov 11, 2008 9:46 pm

Favorite poet? Charles Bukowski...

Favorite poem however, The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe.

Oh and Bob Dylan and Neil young aren't too bad.
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Poet or Poem   Favorite Poet or Poem EmptyThu Nov 13, 2008 2:43 pm

Well, let's see here... Definitely enjoy Service and Frost (Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock, Oh yea!) but I like to hang a little further out on the fringes... Bukowski is flat out twistedly brilliant, definitely dig him. Gary Snydor, beat poet, is quite good. I am absolutely blown away by ANY poem by William Stafford -- check this guy out! He writes from a naturalist's perspective, both from mother nature and man's nature. He writes simply, clearly, yet quite deeply. And yes, Dylan and Young were/are certainly worth mentioning. "All Along the Watch Tower" -- Dylan's verse, Hendrix's licks, has got to be one of my all time favorite mixing of words and musical notes. With that being said, allow me to finish with a quote from Jimmy:

"It's not the notes, but the spaces in between." J. Hendrix
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Poet or Poem   Favorite Poet or Poem EmptyThu Nov 13, 2008 2:58 pm

Oops, "Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock" is T.S. Elliot, not Frost, as I so erringly stated in my last post. I too, have "measured out my life with coffee spoons."

Oh, EJinVA, your tobacco poem is a full on classic! It should be recorded on a stone tablet and set upon the mount...

Extra: a line from a William Stafford poem --



"A candleflame in Tibet leans when I move."
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Poet or Poem   Favorite Poet or Poem EmptySun Nov 16, 2008 10:07 am

I love poetry. A LOT.

Pablo Neruda and Seamus Heaney are two of my favorite poets.

I started writing poetry when I was in my early teens and have been doing so ever since.

Here is a poem I wrote a year or so ago about pipes and tobacco. The only one:


THE TINY SPACE BETWEEN US

In the tiny space between us
Lingers the scent that betrays me.

Your nose, like you, is for the world’s sweet things:
Honeysuckle, peonies and roses, even the part of you
Imprisoned in your side of the bed - left there by
Your sleepy burrows into the safety of down and darkness.

My nose is for the world’s bitters, spice, and demons.
I can’t reveal my affection for dark things; it would scare you.
They make me necessary. There is some comfort in fire.

You think you smell tobacco on me.
Your eyes narrow as if it were some other woman.

How can I explain that it is my pondering you smell?
You are so much like the tobaccos I kindle.
I am alone with them only like I can be alone with you.

Like you, sugar bitters when it burns.
As I sip my Orientals and Turkish leaves
I sense the rough hands and time stops of the ages.
It is here I find my place.
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Poet or Poem   Favorite Poet or Poem EmptyMon Nov 17, 2008 10:18 am

ZuluCollector wrote:
Here is a poem I wrote a year or so ago about pipes and tobacco. The only one:

Excellent! I like it! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Poet or Poem   Favorite Poet or Poem EmptyWed Nov 19, 2008 1:29 pm

Zulu -- GREAT poem! Well crafted, with solid imagery and tight wording. I especially like the line, "There is some comfort in fire." Nicely done!
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Poet or Poem   Favorite Poet or Poem EmptyThu Nov 27, 2008 10:33 pm

cheers Cool cheers Cool cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Poet or Poem   Favorite Poet or Poem EmptyTue Dec 09, 2008 12:18 pm

Found this recently, thought it appropiate...

SMOKE DREAMS

Tobacco smoke! Blue-gray in wreaths,--
Blue laurel-wreaths which float in air,
As if, invisible, serene,
A dreaming angel hovered there,
A spirit of clam kindliness,--
A touch of eyes that smile through tears,--
A mantle of forgetfulness,
Thrown in the passions of the years.

I cross my knees, I puff my pipe,
The gentle Summer warmth creeps in;
The Summer warmth 'mid Winter's snows,--
For indolence shall banish sin,--
And watch the tasseled smoke-drops fall,
And note the fringed smoke-plumes rise,
And see the dreams, in legions, turn
To smoky nothings in the skies.

Tobacco smoke, like silken web,
Suspended in the restful airs,
To me and mine in soothing rhymes
A dainty, artless burden bears;
Let cares rage on-- let hopes renew--
The Yesterday, Tomorrow be--
But we are wise the smoke and I;
We cease regrets and troubles flee.
-A. B. Tucker
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Poet or Poem   Favorite Poet or Poem EmptyThu Dec 25, 2008 10:57 am

I'm a big fan of Emily Dickenson - she's so dark and twisty. I also really enjoy anything by Poe, and I love T.S. Elliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Poet or Poem   Favorite Poet or Poem EmptyMon May 11, 2009 12:17 pm

Subdivisions
By: Rush

Sprawling on the fringes of the city
In geometric order
An insulated border
In between the bright lights
And the far unlit unknown
Growing up it all seems so one-sided
Opinions all provided
The future pre-decided
Detached and subdivided
In the mass production zone
Nowhere is the dreamer
Or the misfit so alone
Subdivisions —
In the high school halls
In the shopping malls
Conform or be cast out
Subdivisions —
In the basement bars
In the backs of cars
Be cool or be cast out
Any escape might help to smooth
The unattractive truth
But the suburbs have no charms to soothe
The restless dreams of youth
Drawn like moths we drift into the city
The timeless old attraction
Cruising for the action
Lit up like a firefly
Just to feel the living night
Some will sell their dreams for small desires
Or lose the race to rats
Get caught in ticking traps
And start to dream of somewhere
To relax their restless flight
Somewhere out of a memory
Of lighted streets on quiet nights…
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Poet or Poem   Favorite Poet or Poem EmptyTue May 12, 2009 12:16 am

Always liked Kiplings stuff.

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Poet or Poem   Favorite Poet or Poem EmptyTue May 12, 2009 11:42 am

ZuluCollector wrote:
Here is a poem I wrote a year or so ago about pipes and tobacco.

A fine poem; I like it very much!

A few of my favorites: Jane Kenyon, Wendell Berry, Jim Harrison, Kenneth Rexroth. And this, which wasn't written as a poem, but certainly could stand as one:

Now nearly all those I loved
and did not understand when I was young are dead,
but I still reach out to them.
Of course, now I am too old to be much of a fisherman,
and now of course I usually fish the big waters alone,
although some friends think I shouldn’t.
Like many fishermen in Western Montana
where the summer days are almost Arctic in length,
I often do not start fishing until the cool of the evening.
Then in the Arctic half-light of the canyon,
all existence fades
to a being with my soul and memories
and the sounds of the Big Blackfoot River
and a four count rhythm
and the hope that a fish will rise.

Eventually, all things merge into one,
and a river runs through it.
The river was cut by the world’s great floods
and runs over rocks from the basement of time.
On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops.
Under the rocks are the words,
and some of the words are theirs.
I am haunted by waters.
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Poet or Poem   Favorite Poet or Poem EmptyFri May 15, 2009 12:15 pm

Idlefellow,
Great poem & the movie ain't bad either.
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Poet or Poem   Favorite Poet or Poem EmptyWed May 27, 2009 4:29 pm

My favorite lyric poets, among the ones that I read more often, are John Keats (Nightingale, To Autumn, La Belle Dame, etc.) and William Butler Yeats (The Song of Wandering Aengus, Byzantium, Lake Isle of Innisfree, The Second Coming, etc.). I've memorized many poems by both these bards. As a lyric poet, in my opinion, Shakespeare ranks third, although he is peerless as a dramatic/tragic poet. But I think he was not quite to the manner born when it came to the format and meter of the English sonnet of his time. I've also memorized a lot of his stuff - from his plays. One sonnet of his that I do love, however, is "When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes..." I must confess that I have a guilty liking for many poems by "the jingle-jangle man" - Poe, and for his prose too. Among poets born in the 20th century, I like Dylan Thomas, Patrick Kavanagh, and Leonard Cohen. Yeats, Kavanagh and Cohen, curiously enough among poets, just seemed to get better with time.
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