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Lawrence Beck

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2022-05-17
Albert, is that you, you old chameleon?


Moonlight, Summer Moonlight

2022-05-16
Can anyone explain to me why 95 percent of nineteenth-century British poetry is about death?


An Achievement?

2022-05-13
This is intriguing. Much is left unsaid.


Nine Haiku

2022-05-11
Arresting image,
Meant to enlighten
Typically falls with thud.


Unequivocal Confirmation

2022-05-11
Under capitalism, one's sole reason for existing is to generate profits for one's employer. All other aspects of existence are unacceptable distractions.


I Know

2022-05-09
How presumptuous of you to declare that certain works (yours) aren't poetry. There are no rules which specify that some works are poems, while others are not.


Moments

2022-05-08
Nicely written.


You & I

2022-05-06
I like this. "Nobody more clearly reflects what you say is my bad judgment than you."


THE FEW FROM OH SO MANY

2022-05-06
All you can do is write to please yourself. If others also are pleased, that's nice. Immortality isn't worth fretting about. After you've died, you won't care whether anybody is reading your work.


For Theodore Roethke

2022-04-28
An accurate appraisal, I think.


At Home

2022-04-26
The right poems can do that.


the joining

2022-04-25
Nicely done.


En ce moment (with translation)

2022-04-22
Very nice.


Sitting under the redbud tree

2022-04-22
This is a very nice poem. Spring hasn't been nice here. The redbuds have barely gotten going. Even the forsythias are laying low.


Match Game

2022-04-22
According to the people who claim to know Him best, God just has strong opinions about certain things. He seems to be a hidebound old prick.


I Don't Know, Man

2022-04-21
A serious question, given your circumstances.


EDS

2022-04-19
It sounds horrible. I'm sorry.


Spring Greenery, White Lace

2022-04-18
My wife would vehemently disagree, but I believe that the latter is true.


1am IN THE MORNING

2022-04-17
Good one!


One of Those Moments

2022-04-13
A horror story. I remember many similar episodes.


Freak Street

2022-04-12
Nicely done, a well-wrought, artful sketch of life as many lived it long ago. I spent considerable time in similar neighborhoods in those days.


Irritated Church Ladies

2022-04-07
I became an atheist at age seven for these very reasons. I've never had reason to question my decision.


Conscript

2022-04-07
A fine vignette, Dougie.


The Weaver of Raveloe

2022-04-07
Well done!


Rain

2022-04-04
Very nice, wonderfully atmospheric.


Mairzy Dotes and Dozy Dotes

2022-03-30
This is a very interesting poem, Allen. A silly little song, meant to be cheery (and sung to me by my mother), triggers memories of horrible pain and suffering, and the song returns in response to televised images of similar pain and suffering.


In Cooke's Hollow

2022-03-30
Nicely done.


Ramblings 590

2022-03-30
Something dying with a whimper.


Mending a Chair

2022-03-28
Fine sentiment and poem.


Frogs

2022-03-25
I'll go with global warming, as Putin was the one thrown into boiling water by us.


Paradise Lost, Condensed

2022-03-24
Bravo!


Background

2022-03-24
I know that guy. He hangs around here when he's not at your place.


Widower

2022-03-23
Well done, Dougie. You've written a poem which is said, but not mawkish.


Wednesday Headclear

2022-03-23
"I've become one of Raymond Carver's characters." Well done.


Any Other Time

2022-03-21
Good poem.


Reverie on a Dull Afternoon

2022-03-20
Imagination (or myopia) can provide a cheap vacation. Venetian blinds stimulate a Venetian fantasy. Good one, Joe.


Poetry Has Never Been a Favorite

2022-03-19
In the right hands, poetry is the highest form of writing. It is coherent and meaningful while making the most wonderful music with nothing but the sounds of words. Unfortunately, the right hands are extremely rare. Don't blame the art for its sorry state. Blame the legions of poseurs and oafs who attempt to to make it (and are praised by other poseurs and oafs for doing so).


had enough

2022-03-18
Good luck.


Compline

2022-03-15
Fine, I would call it "rich," writing, Joe.


Afternoon Contemplation

2022-03-14
Well done, Joe. You've portrayed the scene very nicely.


Visions and Revisions

2022-03-13
Sounds familiar.


Delusional

2022-03-12
Or perhaps a comment on the West's lies.


After a Long While

2022-03-12
We don't come to your door, but we're always nearby, ready to hear from you.


Reusable, Recyclable

2022-03-04
Well done!


Snap Shot

2022-03-01
A fine poem. It seems that he is still here.


Ramblings 584

2022-02-28
I can't know your situation. I am grateful for the silence you describe. Nearly everything I get from the Internet is deliberate and/or unintentional lying, the denial of well-supported facts in favor of ridiculous (but self-serving) fantasies, jingoism, hokum, bigotry and casual cruelty. When all that is absent, my life is better.


The Gods of the Copybook Headings

2022-02-28
This is not smarmy jingoism. It's refreshingly bitter cynicism.


Homeless Innovation

2022-02-24
Well observed, Joe. It's good to have you back.


Either Way

2022-02-24
It's definitely an eccentric language. It struck me as funny a while ago that several headmen together are chiefs, while several kleptomaniacs together are thieves.


in domum

2022-02-22
The shrewdest response.