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Poetry Critical 2.0

Hey guys, Donald here.

In a few weeks, this site will be 9 years old. 9 years! And I still know some of the earliest submissions by heart.

But, boy. That’s like 102 in web-years. So it’s time for something new. I’m building that something now with my nights-and-weekend minutes (and plenty of coffee). Buy me a cup?

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Random Poem:

Fish in stone

"Is it not strange that most of
us choose sucking not running?"
  Kahlil Gibran
can the fledging
trust in air before
the first fall?  matter
   is not a fact
   time is not an element
in the logic of shells
an essential space
how life coils
upon itself
back into life
an essential space
in the logic of shells
   scales & feathers
    masks & leathers
skulls & treasures
   maps & measures
the tomb is marked by
a circle and a cross
but only on the solstice
does become visible
we find it with our hands
as what the blood sees
all that the body remembers
"When you enjoy loving your neighbour
it ceases to be a virtue."  KG
this is a question of distance
as if binaries are opposite
does yin come before yang
Eve kept her own councel on this
knowing Lilith went before her
as spy in the realm of the desert
how the body stores & recycles
its dreams
I will carry only
what is mine she told God
it is enough
and besides tenants have rights
"Sadness is but a wall between two gardens."KG
it was argued that God had place
into the earth intricate bones of
the aeons as a trick on Darwin
and proof of his infinity
which was dependably figured to
have produced exactly on Monday
9AM Sunday, October 10, 4004BC
the earth as we, or to be more
accurate, they know it
"A bigot is a stone-deaf orator." KG
thus the emperors kept the
populace happy with entertainments
in the colusseum
"A pearl is a temple built by pain
around a grain of sand" KG
before names the world wound
its own reasons oceans abundant
down beneath lights discovery
magnified all the shapes explored
currents met and mixed plotting
the course vast or small where
sound bounced back told distant
to the searching creatures  the
sheltering creatures the spiked
and brilliant creatures
"Give me silence and I will outdare the night."  KG
is a flood
caused by the
melting snows of time
thus the fish
renews itself
unlocked from
the mountains
memories-  at
the centre of
our being lay
an inland sea
wherein began
our strange &
joyous voyage
into ourselve

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