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answer to trash poodles, if you were in hell and could have one poetry book--  PaulS  1 Nov 09 5:05PM Thread Closed

Dream works--by Mary Oliver

re: answer to trash poodles, if you were in hell and could have one poetry book--  trashpoodle  1 Nov 09 6:20PM Thread Closed

remember, that this is forever, paul... like, the only book you'll have for a zillion years. wouldn't you want something by some poet you didn't like or didn't understand? after all, you already know how to write like mary oliver, and all that beautiful writing is going to look stale after the first 400 reads.

why not take Dante, the comedy, and an italian grammar and dictionary? and, at least you could have the fun of comparing Dante's version of hell with the actual cheap and plastic babe world you find yourself in: trump's 'Hell, the casino'?

re: answer to trash poodles, if you were in hell and could have one poetry book--  PaulS  1 Nov 09 6:42PM Thread Closed

Well, Mike, you make a good point.  But mary oliver keeps me grounded in the philoshophy of nature and spirituality--when i'm stuck with writers block an afternoon with Mary can bring me out of my funk most of the time--you might find it hard to believe, but I can read her words over and over and find something different and soothing every time.  She's no plastic babe to me and if you say I already know how to write like her I take that as a complement.

re: answer to trash poodles, if you were in hell and could have one poetry book--  unknown  1 Nov 09 6:46PM Thread Closed

nothing original, or inventive about this idea of "one book" where ever ... desert island discs BBC4, once a week, has guests to discuss this very idea. the content is different, but the idea is old, old, old.. and deeply unoriginal.

poodle poops on his own face again

re: answer to trash poodles, if you were in hell and could have one poetry book--  unknown  1 Nov 09 6:47PM Thread Closed

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> why not take Dante, the comedy, and an italian grammar and dictionary?


how deeply original of you (sarcasm)

re: answer to trash poodles, if you were in hell and could have one poetry book--  PaulS  1 Nov 09 7:00PM Thread Closed

And your answer, unknown is nothing but spam to interupt a conversatiuon between two poets about a hypothetical question.  If you have nothing to add to the conversation besides being disruptive then fuck off.
> >
> > why not take Dante, the comedy, and an italian grammar and
> dictionary?
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> how deeply original of you (sarcasm)

re: answer to trash poodles, if you were in hell and could have one poetry book--  unknown  1 Nov 09 7:02PM Thread Closed

no, you fuck off

do it now, do it with gusto.

re: answer to trash poodles, if you were in hell and could have one poetry book--  PaulS  1 Nov 09 7:23PM Thread Closed

how, (in your words) deeply original. Why don't you put your dislike for trash aside and add something with substance to the conversation.

re: answer to trash poodles, if you were in hell and could have one poetry book--  andyleggett  1 Nov 09 8:04PM Thread Closed

That would truly be hell, though: absence of variety. I would rather not have any book and just spend the time writing my own, describing the hell in which I found myself...
If it were more like stuck in a cell for a year and only allowed one book: Geography III, Elizabeth Bishop.

re: answer to trash poodles, if you were in hell and could have one poetry book--  trashpoodle  1 Nov 09 8:10PM Thread Closed

yes, but reading her, being in hell, aren't you going to grow out of ordinary spiritual needs? aren't you going to re-appraise a nature which actually had a 'hell' in it? and, she wasn't the babe, paul -- that's a misreading of what i wrote -- i wrote that the hell you find yourself in is only going to offer plastic and phony, and you're going to need a poet genuinely authentic -- done to the core and forever.

you're that poet -- it's in you, and you'll have time -- but, you'll need to take the poet you hate with you, so that you can get out of clinging words and respirator prose-in-stanzas. remember, you're going to write your way out of hell.


> Well, Mike, you make a good point.  But mary oliver keeps me grounded
> in the philoshophy of nature and spirituality--when i'm stuck with
> writers block an afternoon with Mary can bring me out of my funk most
> of the time--you might find it hard to believe, but I can read her
> words over and over and find something different and soothing every
> time.  She's no plastic babe to me and if you say I already know how
> to write like her I take that as a complement.

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