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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.

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Random Poem:

Fish in stone
tanamac

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