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Lawrence Beck

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Bizarre Exchange

2022-09-24
It seems pretty straightforward to me. The second girl was trying to compliment the first.


evil or not

2022-09-21
People don't do evil things. Their acts are labeled "evil" by others.


Oh là là

2022-09-20
Some are crooks. Some are hopeless cases, but some are very nice people who appreciate what you're doing.


Ramblings 618

2022-09-18
I'm sure that you'll persevere, especially since you like your job. I curse the hand-held computers that I use at work constantly, vehemently. I once grew so angry that I smashed one of them on the floor. I try not to do that very often because, though the wretched things are frustratingly incompetent, they are expensive.


Diabetic curse

2022-09-16
Nothing racist about this poem.


SWEET SORROW

2022-09-11
I hope that your move is uneventful, and that your new home is pleasant and inspirational. Larry


when bridges meet tunnels

2022-09-07
True.


Non Album Single

2022-09-06
Good one, Sameen!


currencies

2022-08-29
Yes, you are apt to become culturally diluted. Given the objectionable aspects of nationality (jingoism, bigotry), such dilution could be a good thing.


The Edge

2022-08-29
I don't know if I've ever read so many similes in one poem.


There Are Worse Plagues on Earth Than Tears

2022-08-24
I am not a fan of Arnold, but you've written a fine imitation of his work. I really enjoyed the clever near-rhymes.


"pillbillies"

2022-08-24
Nicely done. I have cousins in that hollow.


au revoir gentle man

2022-08-23
A significant loss.


Bitter Mouths Sweet Words

2022-08-22
True enough.


A Poem I Wrote When I Landed My First Manager Job At 20

2022-08-20
You've come a long way as a poet since then.


Are They Too Insignificant Who Burn?

2022-08-17
Another very nice poem, Sameen. It seems as if these "imitations" are helping you to find your own voice.


two days

2022-08-16
Probably. It was a good idea to preserve them, and do so elegantly.


Imitation of Conrad Aiken

2022-08-16
A faithful imitation, and a fine, thoughtful poem in its own right. Great job, Sameen.


inflation

2022-08-14
First of all, there is no such thing as a free market. Put that notion out of your mind. At this point, all markets are highly concentrated, controlled by just a few firms which do not compete with each other.

Second, indexing wages to the level of inflation is a brilliant idea. It keeps people from being impoverished by rising prices. Such indexation never will be adopted in the US. Instead, capitalists reap all of the benefits of raising prices without hesitation while warning that, if wages are increased, goods prices just will go up faster.

Never fear for the well-being of capital and those who own it. Capitalists rule the world.


Soir Bleu, or a Clown Without an Audience

2022-08-12
I'm a big Hopper fan, but I haven't seen Soir Bleu before. It's Hopper at his best, showing people in physical proximity, but lost in their own worlds. Your poem about the painting is quite fine. The two questions you ask at the end are poignant.


insects

2022-08-12
Good questions.


denial

2022-08-10
First-class work!


Books

2022-08-10
I consider it just a personal bias, but I do prefer books over computer screens (I'd never consider trying to read a poem on a cell phone). I completely agree that poetry should be read aloud. As with grain, casting poetry into the air separates the wheat from the chaff.


when the harsh wind blows

2022-08-08
Nicely done.


The Ass in the Lion's Skin

2022-08-08
A first-class limerick!


MORNINGS WITH MY MOTHER

2022-08-06
Yes, for some reason (or for a certain kind of person), the "stones" are what are remembered. If you can move past that, please teach me your technique.


Temporal Hopscotch of the Runaway Mind

2022-08-06
This is an interesting situation. You've returned to the scenes of many of your most memorable moments. As a result, you keep reliving them. You probably need to generate new memorable moments, if you can.


tending the flock

2022-08-06
A fine sketch.


Arthur Lawrence to his wife Lydia

2022-08-04
Good one, Dougie.


August 1914

2022-08-03
It does seem as if the cycle is about to begin again. How many millions this round?


you better know

2022-08-03
When, then?


02128

2022-08-02
How interesting. You mimic Thomas' rhythms while seeming to turn his poem inside out. His describes a tranquil rural scene, yours the whirl of urban life.


NO MORE SMILES AT EVENSONG

2022-08-02
Such fine detailing! Great poem, Allen.


The Outlaw & Poet Known as Black Bart

2022-08-01
A very interesting and intriguing tale. Nobody knows what happened to him after he left prison. One story has him going to Japan.


sunday mornings

2022-07-31
Nicely done.


HERON BY THE RIVER

2022-07-31
This is a refreshingly modest romantic poem. I enjoyed it.


The Sun God Smiles on the Rained Out Valley

2022-07-31
I don't have much to add to what the others have said. It's a very pleasant poem with some finely wrought phrases. Great work, Sameen.


Interior Space

2022-07-29
I like both of these poems. The first one is ambiguous. Is it describing separate worlds or dreams of one by a person living in the other?

My advice to Macbeth would be that he realize that, while fate is unavoidable, it also is unknown, and that there's not much to be gained from fretting about what hasn't yet happened.


Grandson

2022-07-27
Good one!


D. G. Rossetti and the Hokey-Pokey

2022-07-25
Well done, Thomas. Your tribute cloys in the same way that a genuine Rossetti does.


COLOURS - FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY

2022-07-18
A beautiful tribute, Allen. I needn't ask how she liked it.


The Forest River

2022-07-18
New World English poetry from the nineteenth century often is about nature. At the time, most people there lived quite close to wilderness. What's unusual and interesting about this poem is that it describes the transformation of wilderness into a landscape meant to serve human purposes.


Philip Larkin and the Hokey-Pokey

2022-07-17
A very good likeness!


Peut-être ça qui fait la différence (Perhaps That's What Makes the Difference)

2022-07-15
Another element, possibly the most important one, of your remarkable change of fortune. Just as it's important to notice pleasant things, it's also important to note the absence of those that had been unpleasant.


D.V. Blues

2022-07-14
Good questions. Good poem.


W. H. Auden and the Hokey-Pokey

2022-07-13
I see the resemblance. Nicely done.


dinosaurs

2022-07-12
Probably.


The Fickle Breeze

2022-07-11
Oh, that Gilbert, the one who worked with Sullivan.


S T O P - D Y I N G !

2022-07-08
That's very bad news if they're right.


THE CONTROLLERS

2022-07-08
You're probably right. Then again, the precipice was dangerous. The "nanny state" exists because many people, maybe most, aren't very good at looking after themselves.