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Lawrence Beck

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workshop suggestions

2020-03-28
The advice this person offers is the worst sort of malpractice. It encourages production of all of that terrible poetry which people can't even be paid to read.

For bars nearby, suburban bars, some buyer
From the central office gathers bric-a-brac
To mount to lend some “authenticity”
To places which are wholly fake. It works.
The patrons, themselves lacking substance,
Recommend the place.

The workshop moderator, like the buyer
In the central office, favors verbal bric-a-brac.
“In imagery is honesty. Steer clear of any
Plot.” Her acolytes respond by coughing out
Such dreadful verse, so rich in striking, shiny
Words, each one apart, all incoherent. “Perfect,
Class,” the woman chortles, and the writers,
Lacking substance, nod. She must be right.


two

2020-03-28
Very nice.


no spring

2020-03-27
If we are, we never will know.


Shelter In Place

2020-03-26
Ennui is a powerful adversary. Good luck.


Walker

2020-03-25
I believe so. There's something reassuring about seeing those who are long gone in dreams.


this midnight

2020-03-23
Yep. Sometimes, they get away from you that way. Even when they don't, it's best to give them second look in the morning.


in the spirit of

2020-03-22
But he can influence someone. Perhaps he has, and to good effect, I think.


My Ticking Clock

2020-03-21
Outstanding!


A Meditation

2020-03-20
Fine writing.


Stockpiling

2020-03-18
You never know. Like some ticks with your coronavirus?


Dark Blue Socks

2020-03-11
Your first encounter with betrayal, probably not your last.


Dave at 19

2020-03-10
Excellent all around, fine language, fine writing.


This Prodigal August

2020-03-10
Wonderful! A first class sketch.


Dance Battle

2020-03-10
Very nice, Sameen, well plotted.


Menace

2020-03-09
I like this, Joe. It reminds me of how a storm will suddenly roll over the mountains, and then quickly drift away.


How about you?

2020-03-06
I agree. Communication is so much richer and unambiguous (what a crappy expression; isn't there a positive way of saying this?) when words are accompanied by the things you have listed.


word

2020-03-05
Right, but what is it, then?


equation solving

2020-03-05
I haven't anything to add to what the others have said. This just a nice poem.


shadows

2020-03-01
There's a very nice marriage of style and substance to this.


Map of the Bay State

2020-02-27
Nicely done. Very amusing.


news

2020-02-24
I don't think that I would, but I believe that most people happily would pay to be on TV.


Pickax

2020-02-24
Interesting. I think that it does work.


The Syllogism of the Mad

2020-02-24
No. Irrefutable. "Empiricism" is just a variety of solipsism.


Dedalus

2020-02-24
Nicely done. Now, Ireland is intolerable for a different reason.


Ramblings 498

2020-02-24
No, they don't. Most people have enough problems of their own.


han shan

2020-02-24
Perspective.


Weather Report

2020-02-19
Brrrr.


broken wristband

2020-02-17
This packs a punch, as it should.


wasn't she

2020-02-17
Still final, just delayed. My father's like that. He's dead, but not yet gone. When those of us who knew him, the ones who could say, "Wasn't he...," have died, then my father will be completely gone.


In Dreamland

2020-02-13
Nice, loose, sort of jazzy, rhyming.


Overwhelming

2020-02-10
Nicely done.


Postcard Poem 8

2020-02-05
A perfect description!


earthland

2020-02-03
Nothing, I suppose. They are written out of the exchange.


Another Poem

2020-02-02
And what a poem it is. Excellent writing, Tom.


Chapter One

2020-01-26
Nice!


Avocado

2020-01-26
Such solid, grounded writing. It's great to hear from you again.


You Worthless

2020-01-23
A well-drawn, if grim, portrait. It could have been painted by Breugal. I'm quite familiar with the neighborhood.


Cultural disdain

2020-01-23
Yes, it is heartbreaking when you no longer can force people with different backgrounds to bow down to yours. Trump sees that. Hitler did, too.


Still Life

2020-01-17
This made me think of Vermeer. That's definitely a compliment.


Storm Haven

2020-01-16
Very nice, Joe. After the description of the fierce storm, the ending provides a great contrast.


Firelight Impasto

2020-01-14
Very nice, Joe.


Pittville Falls

2020-01-13
As has been noted in various circumstances, size doesn't matter. I'm sure that Pittville's falls, so nicely described, are lovely.


How Can I Pardon

2020-01-13
Nicely done.


Abecedarian for the Lost Souls

2020-01-10
Bravo! You've made damned good poem despite the severe constraints.


What Sells Best

2020-01-09
Sold and avidly consumed. I confess to being baffled. (Barnum wasn't.)


The Drowsing Period

2020-01-09
Nice! Here's to the better days to come.


Audrey

2020-01-09
A ton of fun, this one.


Waterbirth

2020-01-07
A sequence I have witnessed probably hundreds of times (who can say how many jade plants are in this house?), but I've never heard it so gracefully described.


What you think by Ann Wood

2020-01-07
We all make mistakes. Why would we not accept others who do?


untitled

2020-01-07
I'm 66 years old, and I've never seen so many undisguised expressions of bigotry around the world. There seems not to be anywhere one can go to be among tolerant, decent people. Even the Danes stooped to banning headscarves, just to be nasty.