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  • Gothicman

    From Gothicman on The Craven

    Me too! Enjoyable read, worthy of ten! Your poem ‘Proposition’ from the archives is a favourite of mine, having recently, out of curiosity, discovered it. Hope you rejoin the new site when up and running.

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    2020/07/05 at 10:05 am
    • Griffonner

      From griffonner on The Craven

      @Gothicman (and squiddlydee)
       
      And just look at those ‘names’ who commented then, upon ‘Proposition’ in November 2006. So missed. πŸ™

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      2020/07/05 at 10:51 am
      • Gothicman

        From Gothicman on The Craven

        Yes, good to be reminded of those times and people. All my work and comments in member’s archives way back to Jan 2004 were lost in a meltdown caused by the introduction of the old ‘Disqus’, a spy programme then; caused havoc to users here in Sweden, Wikipedia seems have removed a big article about it from the time.

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        2020/07/05 at 11:50 am
        • Gothicman

          From Gothicman on The Craven

          https://www.thelocal.se/20131212/millions-of-disqus-comments-leaked-to-swedish-group

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          2020/07/05 at 11:55 am
          • Griffonner

            From griffonner on The Craven

            So how did you lose it: did they close the server down or something? That’s awful.
            Allen

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            2020/07/06 at 10:00 am
          • Gothicman

            From Gothicman on The Craven

            No, it was entirely my own doing. At that time I was privileged, of necessity, to be linked up to 5 different authorities on sensitive matters in what was thought to be a safe, closed network, controlled by the local Uni.
            The chaos that ensued when I joined ‘Disqus’ on here, caused me so much grief that I purged my Mac Pro of all Disqus searched folders and Internet site comments (like when original Adobe Reader supposedly searching through all documents to see if they can become PDFs), and removed all UKA work from 2004 to 2016 in the process. Proved to be unnecessary, but I had to act fast, and panicked! Three years ago, e-griff removed my membership by mistake, when I decided not to put two chosen poems in the Anthology. Richard salvaged back most of it, but some, all forum posts were irretrievable.

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            2020/07/06 at 11:17 am
          • Griffonner

            From griffonner on The Craven

            Goodness! That’s a trail of disaster isn’t it. I can’t imagine how you felt about that. Well, I can, because I feel sick in my stomach at the thought. πŸ™

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            2020/07/06 at 11:38 am
  • Gothicman

    From Gothicman on THAT Love

    A beautiful poem to end the site’s submissions in present form, one of the best I’ve seen on here. A superb write, reminiscent of a wonderful time and feeling for many of us!

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    2020/07/05 at 9:56 am
    • Griffonner

      From griffonner on THAT Love

      Thank you for reading. Your appraisal is more than generous. As you say, to end the present. Role on the new! Stay safe and well. Allen

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      2020/07/05 at 10:43 am
  • Griffonner

    From griffonner on The Craven

    Very clever, I thought – as trotted through your outpour, thinking resolutely, there simply should be more.
     
    Now I’ll give it a Ten (should really be a score).
     
    Otherwise I’d have to say it was delightful and made me smile just at the right moment. Cheers. πŸ˜€

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    2020/07/05 at 9:47 am
  • Gothicman

    From Gothicman on dreamin' of better days

    You live in Hull, Rick? So not very far from Whitby? We’ve done the Goathland tour, years ago, when they were filming; been on the old steam train (to Pickering?). And visited Whitby for the day. The panoramic view of the bay and ruins low down and majestic as you approach Isn’t that old Abbey associated with Dracula in some way? Does this poem represent a much loved trip taken by you, for many years, before the lockdown? Are you being shielded from your grandchildren? Many questions, preferred this to the others you’ve submitted.
    Cheers, Trevor

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    2020/06/05 at 6:17 pm
    • Coolhermit

      From coolhermit on dreamin' of better days

      Whitby is 2 hours away. We used to go to Goathland when it was Goathland and not ‘Heartbeat’ country – the big pub down there is where Churchill had his wartime cabinet hidden away.
      Yep Whitby lives off Dracula these days – it’s Goth paradise. The poem represents a wish to visit with a woman friend (my muse at time of writing) and buy her a small but precious token.
      I had made 3 or 4 previous stabs at the poem but they were hopeless – lying in a dusty docs file – I resurrected it during a fallow period as I thought maybe there was a half decent poem in there somewhere.
      As for the grandchildren, I’ve 10 and hardly see any of them – they are past the age of visiting grandpappy and I’m very reclusive.
      This and my others are on the stocks for a next book but since the lockdown I’ve 1500 copies in boxes in my living room waiting for distribution so that will be some time. All my poems won’t go in – I’m really stringent and severely critical of myself and many will be binned πŸ™‚
      Rick.

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      2020/06/05 at 6:30 pm
  • Guajiros

    From guajiros on tea with a friend

    Hello Rick
    I just read you last four poems
     
    I really liked the last one it’s a real gem .. loved it
    I liked all of them although I didn’t quite ‘get’ Flesh is Grass
    Regarding Whitby: excellent ….. Been there, done that (almost to the letter) they had a good old fashioned tea room there about ten years ago, I wonder if it’s still there
     
    Cheers
     

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    2020/06/05 at 9:14 am
    • Coolhermit

      From coolhermit on tea with a friend

      Ha ha – I ain’t sure about ‘flesh is grass’ meself – but I put them up, good bad or indifferent. not every one’s a winner. I welcome criticisms.
      The lock-down’s having an effect head-wise πŸ™‚
      Whitby eh? Hope I get to go there sometime soon.
      Plus Amsterdam – I want to go to the jazz cafes πŸ™‚
       
      Thanks G.

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      2020/06/05 at 11:55 am
      • Guajiros

        From guajiros on tea with a friend

        Hi Rik
        One last time it seems I can comment, I hope you find this one.
        Just wanted to say I alway enjoyed reading your poems both in subject and style.
        You along with my musical friends, Steve and Tony seemed to me to be the most ‘normal’ and decent people using this site.
        It’s a shame to see the way this site was torn apart by some, however I saw this happen once before on a site call Great Writing. The thing that went at this site is almost a carbon copy of how GW went down hill and finally terminated from disease.
        I hope you can find a suitable and friendly site to show the World you excellent poems.
        I wish you all the best and lots of luck
        Cheers
        Charles (Guajiros)

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        2020/06/08 at 9:27 am
        • Coolhermit

          From coolhermit on tea with a friend

          I’ve sent you a private message – hope you get to see it.
          Sadly, where people are concerned egos soon take over – I live a reclusive life as I find the ‘me me me’ stuff so childish.
          The decline here follows, it seems, a well established routine.
          Anyhow please check the private message πŸ™‚
          Rick.

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          2020/06/08 at 10:05 am
  • Coolhermit

    From coolhermit on Hearing Voices

    Hm, I like πŸ™‚

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    2020/05/22 at 6:31 am
  • Littleditty

    From littleditty on Being Mistaken for an Art Installation

    I like this i opine – so it was a good day after all despite the buttons?

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    2020/05/18 at 1:48 pm
  • Littleditty

    From littleditty on Copyright

    Very nice…I wonder if: Even if I write the smallest? Did you not want the ‘the’ there? I love this nod to the stone carriers -excellent.

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    2020/05/17 at 4:15 pm
    • Supratik

      From supratik on Copyright

      Thank you for reading and commenting. English is indeed a tricky language! Grammatically, I am kind of obliged to use the determinant, but I was thinking more like Nic; hence ‘smallest’, but ‘the steepest’. I am glad you liked it.

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      2020/05/17 at 6:20 pm
    • Ifyouplease

      From ifyouplease on Copyright

      I used the hellenic perception of language on the matter, because in English ‘the’ was missing. Then I saw that in order to accentuate the importance of Smallest and inextricably connect it with “I write” then “Smallest” going beyond quantity and size had to be the-free, he had to get rid of the redudancy of ‘the’ as it is not about comparison but the essence of humbly knowing who you are and what you do. Personally I’d keep it that way. In my opinion, of course.

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      2020/05/17 at 4:57 pm
  • Ifyouplease

    From ifyouplease on Copyright

    this is a fine thought-provoking piece
    it is also deep enough to not even you know how deep. a true moment of inspiration here. a connection with the unknown.

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    2020/05/17 at 10:30 am
    • Supratik

      From supratik on Copyright

      Honoured. Thank you.

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      2020/05/17 at 1:34 pm
    • Ifyouplease

      From ifyouplease on Copyright

      maybe the phrasing is too Greeklish here “to not even you know how deep” hope you understand it or others or you phrase it better.

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      2020/05/17 at 10:32 am
  • Coolhermit

    From coolhermit on Copyright

    I have had, 4 or 5 years ago, two of my pomes winning ‘peanuts’ poetry competitions – ones I never entered but found out about via the grapevine. However I took that as a compliment. our work here is automatically copyrighted – and at other sites – not that people are queuing up to rip it off πŸ™‚

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    2020/05/17 at 7:48 am
    • Supratik

      From supratik on Copyright

      Thank you for reading and commenting. We are connected to each other thanks to the UKA, and there’s nothing wrong in automatically having your posts copyrighted.
      I think my concern is much deeper than that.

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      2020/05/17 at 9:38 am
      • Coolhermit

        From coolhermit on Copyright

        Oh I get your concern – we are tracked, ticketed, measured, weighed, photographed at every opportunity – it’s called homologation the covert official approval for just about everything. They’d meter our breaths if they could πŸ™

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        2020/05/17 at 10:08 am
  • Coolhermit

    From coolhermit on A Year in North Hackney

    My first job – Goldsmiths Row library – filching the fines – under the counter ‘hot’ books for the local laddoes and my grandad used to live around the corner in Moye Street before the Dagenham diaspora πŸ™‚

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    2020/05/16 at 6:37 pm
  • Coolhermit

    From coolhermit on Name

    Never give your name – your postcode – your email address – they just wanna skewer you – roast you like a long pig πŸ™

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    2020/05/16 at 6:32 pm
    • Supratik

      From supratik on Name

      Okay. Thank you very much.

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      2020/05/16 at 9:29 pm
  • Coolhermit

    From coolhermit on Chet drops by the jazz cafΓ© Alto

    Funny thing – my neighbour and good pal, Andy promotes music – so I told him I just wrote a pome about Chet Baker and asked if he’d heard of him – his reply, “Trumpeter, smack head, saw him in a club in Amsterdam sometime late eighties.”

    He might have been in the crowd – Small world eh? πŸ™‚

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    2020/05/16 at 5:36 pm
  • Littleditty

    From littleditty on I only have eyes for you

    From Greenwich Village to Dalston…50 years, and back then might just be nostalgia , Greenwich Village had something going on. And now? My uncle set up shop in 1968? I believe, closed down last year – I wonder, if it is less than it was, not just for me -his place was amazing…prob not as glum as 2017 Dalston. I wonder why used the word cripple and not broken…as broken was used and felt before and seems fine?

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    2020/05/15 at 6:22 pm
    • Littleditty

      From littleditty on I only have eyes for you

      oH! der! My apologies! I’ve been locked in a spreadsheet for days and der. Ignore last comment -I read again!

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      2020/05/15 at 6:24 pm
      • Coolhermit

        From coolhermit on I only have eyes for you

        you had me baffled πŸ™‚

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        2020/05/15 at 6:26 pm
        • Littleditty

          From littleditty on I only have eyes for you

          I hope unbaffled now sorry! I need a rest! I liked the poem!

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          2020/05/15 at 6:29 pm
          • Coolhermit

            From coolhermit on I only have eyes for you

            don’t try to analyse the pome – just let the images rest in your mind.

            I should not confess this but it is entirely imaginary. I never was in New York in my life. The year is chosen as it fits the 7 syllable requirement. Dalston was my 4th choice for venue – it is /was seedy enough – there is no band and the singer? Well this is a covert reference to my muse and she understands the references only too well πŸ™‚

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            2020/05/15 at 6:37 pm
  • Guajiros

    From guajiros on I only have eyes for you

    This paints a vivid picture reminds me of a place my neighbour took me to see Phil Seaman long ago
    My neighbour was his friend making sure Phil pulled himself out of a heroin haze and went to play otherwise he would lose the only place left that booked him
    I once wrote a story about an ageing jazz musician dying on stage but it’s not any point posting anything written in paragraphs rather than stanzas on here.
    This poem could be the basis of a great short story actually

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    2020/05/15 at 6:41 am
    • Coolhermit

      From coolhermit on I only have eyes for you

      a good friend from Grimsby, not a poet, but one with a good eye for bollocks told me the closing couple of lines were too cheesy – I reworked them plus altered some weak lines πŸ™‚
      Ah Phil Seaman – saw him at Scott’s (old place) Cheers.

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      2020/05/15 at 6:50 am
      • Guajiros

        From guajiros on I only have eyes for you

        Yes it’s a good idea to get a non writer to glance over work providing you don’t mind being embarrassed
        I think your Grim friend was right it’s better But I wonder if she might not just tell you to f*** off πŸ™‚ or just smile down her drink and stagger off with the words β€œthanks for the whiskey” … in other words f*** off πŸ˜‰

        Never made it to Ronnie’s place
        Phil Seaman died a couple of years after we saw him

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        2020/05/15 at 7:26 am
        • Coolhermit

          From coolhermit on I only have eyes for you

          I’m never embarrassed – she would never say owt like that – she’s a teetotal grandmother – always ends her comments, “but what do I know?” but she has such an eye – I’m fortunate to have her. I’ve just tweaked it all into the present tense. The tinkering is never ending – it’ll be right… in time. πŸ™‚

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          2020/05/15 at 7:44 am
          • Guajiros

            From guajiros on I only have eyes for you

            Did you misunderstand me? I was referring to what the singer might reply in your poem. I’m sure your friend in Grimsby is very polite.

            It’s always a problem, when you can think of so many ways to end a good poem or story. It’s the same when I paint (not often these days) you’re never sure when to put the brush down.

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            2020/05/15 at 8:08 am
          • Coolhermit

            From coolhermit on I only have eyes for you

            Putting the brush down? Like a boxer having ‘one last fight’ – sooner or later you just gotta cry, “Enough!”

            this one will sit on the window sill to cool a while. I’ll maybe have another look in a month or so πŸ™‚

            well, I weakened – changed verse five – there will be more no doubt πŸ™‚

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            2020/05/15 at 8:12 am
  • Littleditty

    From littleditty on Morning Star Horoscopes Page, with Karl Marx

    This is super and fun and ace -More! More ones with ‘on the cusp of’ and ‘moons in and philosophers and other things – this one is aces.

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    2020/05/13 at 5:04 pm
  • Coolhermit

    From coolhermit on Morning Star Horoscopes Page, with Karl Marx

    Mystic Marx eh? πŸ™‚

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    2020/05/13 at 10:53 am
  • Ifyouplease

    From ifyouplease on for Juliette

    must have been a very clever narcissist this woman, feeding small creatures, sunlight, nakedness and coquettish – twas a very sensual and intellectual trap. I may be wrong

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    2020/05/13 at 10:52 am
    • Coolhermit

      From coolhermit on for Juliette

      No interpretation is wrong – nor right – I saw her as an innocent – naively expecting the man to love her as she loved him. It’s great when a short piece finds so many (unintended) possibilities. πŸ™‚

      just re-read it and yours might be the proper reading πŸ™‚

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      2020/05/13 at 10:59 am
  • Littleditty

    From littleditty on thoughts of Joanna

    This was so fond – I miss Pete. Emotional connection here – don’t be alarmed…universal memory of Jo’s and Petes, good one.

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    2020/05/13 at 9:31 am
  • Guajiros

    From guajiros on thoughts of Joanna

    Fun piece and some clever lines
    Also anything that take the piss out of poets has to be a plus πŸ™‚

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    2020/05/12 at 10:28 pm
    • Coolhermit

      From coolhermit on thoughts of Joanna

      Poets – well those who rate themselves – top bananas on the wanker tree πŸ™‚
      I changed Ray to Miles (Davis) πŸ™‚

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      2020/05/12 at 10:33 pm
      • Guajiros

        From guajiros on thoughts of Joanna

        Yeah I’ve come across plenty of those in my time πŸ™‚
        Miles Davis .. good choice brilliant musician
        G’night

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        2020/05/12 at 10:39 pm
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