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Uncle Meridian

54 years old from USA


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Poem

2023-12-04
Sameen, wow. Ordinarily I'd balk at a poem on this theme, but you've pulled it off admirably. I think the unadorned diction serves the poem very well.


Two Poems About the Same Heartbreak

2023-11-28
Oh, my goodness, the museum metaphor in section 1: bravissimo!

And I cherish the rhythm, a kind of gently flexible tetrameter. Well done.


The Novice

2023-11-27
The situation (or should it be called a predicament?) is one in which we gladly proffer our sympathies to the speaker of the poem. The poem is ably executed, especially when one considers that it was the poet's first!


Green

2023-11-26
I am enticed. I am drawn in. I will happily follow where this poem leads.


Cheap Imitations to Court Inspiration

2023-11-24
Bravo! I love UM's slant rhymes.


i propose

2023-11-23
my favourite part is the description of marketa's contraction-less idiomatic english

i enjoyed reading these 30 lines


Writing

2023-11-21
This is both unusual and philosophical (I intend both words as praise). It reminds me of Wislawa Szymborska in some ways.


Writing tanka

2023-11-21
I echo Sameen. This is perfectly admirable!


The Girl Who Cried Woolf

2023-11-21
oh yes, yes to "looked God in the eye / And told him to bow" --- and yes, yes to "the sun blushed whenever she walked" --- this is like postmodern La Vita Nuova

and props on the one-line preface to the poem, which gently exhorts us to comment! haha!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY TANKA

2023-11-20
Happy 70th birthday, Alan!


tanka

2023-11-16
excellent!


THE WRITTEN WORD

2023-11-15
Alan, I believe that you do. I believe that we all do. Life and writing feed each other.

Not many writers can "earn their daily keep" through writing. Very few indeed. But writing (as poet Marianne Moore observed) helps us live. And living helps us write!

That's basically all. I value your perceptive poem!


STRANGE FRUITS

2023-11-12
Horny melon! That's great.


I learnt to dream

2023-11-12
Vivid and of a vigorous cadence, well rendered.


IN A FREEZE MENTALY

2023-11-12
The fluent rhythms anchor the poem, and accentuate the poignancy of the theme. While I obviously wish for a less distressing circumstance, I like the poem very much.


Down time no up sign

2023-11-09
"My life's a speckled piece of sand"

--- it was William Blake who led us "To see a World in a Grain of Sand / And a Heaven in a Wild Flower" ...

Your grain of sand shines, Alan, in this beautiful and poignant poem.


Orpheus at a House Party

2023-11-07
One of my poetry mentors always said that the classical myths and stories are there for the poets of today, waiting to be re-framed, enlivened by novel treatment and fresh perspectives. You've fulfilled Miriam's invitation admirably in this strikingly lively and happily unusual poem.


MEANDERING THOUGHTS

2023-10-30
Affecting. And the cadence is sure. Thank you for sharing this poem.


HOW AM I

2023-10-29
Alan, thank you not only for the poem, which is a gem, but also for sharing the more serious news of your diagnosis. I shall hold compassionate space for you as you navigate the coming days, and I hope that you'll still be posting poems when they come to you.


value

2023-10-20
Well, I for one enjoy reading what you offer. Consistently.


INQUISITIVE CHILD

2023-10-20
Oh, Alan. So poignant, even heart-rending. But beautifully depicted.


late afternoon

2023-10-15
Keenly observed and beautifully conveyed.


DON'T LET US (Addishans) (Change Of Title)

2023-10-13
I'm thinking of the old song:

I'm just a soul whose intentions are good
Oh, lord, please don't let me be misunderstood

Enjoyable read, Ken!


THE REASON WHY?

2023-10-12
Allen, the poem is poignant and potent. One laments the circumstances you describe; one praises how well you've described it.


Elegy for Philip Sidney

2023-10-09
For those interested in the prosody: it is poulter's measure, couplets composed of a hexameter and a heptameter.

In most English poems since the 19th century, the couplets in poulter's measure have been "broken down" into quatrains:

I never saw a Moor
I never saw the Sea
Yet know I how the Heather looks
And what a Billow be.

I never spoke with God
Nor visited in Heaven
Yet certain am I of the spot
As if the Checks were given

... but this metre derives from poulter's measure (first half of the quatrain having six iambs, and the second half seven).


Web

2023-10-09
I cherish the exactitude of presentation, the careful cadence, and the humour embedded in "architect"!


For the Warmth

2023-10-09
Poignant. (A word I can type, if I have a bit more coffee.)


THE STRANGELING

2023-10-06
I like this much. I like especially "Here we stand at the precipice" --- that entire sentence! A well-made poem throughout. And the rhyme is graceful.


ON GIVEING BOOKS

2023-10-03
Planting a seed! One hopes that the seeds take root, and bear fruit in knowledge, compassion, broad-mindedness, and kinship.


of lilac and mint

2023-10-02
This is an excellence that merits many re-readings.


Bird

2023-09-27
Beautifully and gracefully exposited.


A Second Chance

2023-09-26
I cherish the message!


Friendship

2023-09-26
That's an applaudable, right there!


In Memoria Canis

2023-08-22
A moving tribute and a well-wrought poem. Thank you for sharing it here.


The Fourth Primary Color

2023-08-14
I like that last image a lot!


WRITING IS A SANITARY THING TO DO

2023-08-13
I concur. Nicely done, Alan.


beneath her breasts

2023-08-13
oh, this is just so beautiful --- thank you wholesouledly. i am liking, i am bookmarking


untethered

2023-07-30
Carefully cadenced and compelling.


I read the news today, oh boy...

2023-07-30
Very sorry for your loss, Lucy.


Topmasts Swaying Against The Sky

2023-07-30
Good to see you posting, kind sir!


TIME TO SLEEP

2023-07-25
Beautifully direct, carefully cadenced, winsome and winning.


distance

2023-07-25
Deeply affecting.


Cannot

2023-07-08
Alan, kind sir! I love this --- immensely!


Our Beloved Lilliput

2023-07-07
A cyber-hug, if such would be welcomed. So sorry for the loss of your beloved cat-companion.


curse

2023-07-07
This is a poem that reaches for the real, and presents it bravely and clearly.


three lines

2023-07-06
I misread "rain" as "ruin" at first. Shows my optimistic cast of mind these days!

Excellent poem.


The Night is Darkening Around Me

2023-07-03
For its time, Bronte's lyricism was spare and not without strength. Economical.


Orchard's Metaphysics

2023-07-02
The language here is fresh and mysterious without ever being vague. So grateful to have read this poem.


A SORROWFUL MONTH

2023-07-02
Alan, sending compassion. Thank you for articulating your grief, and the weight on your heart.


The Pool

2023-06-27
The language here is efficient and vivid throughout. Am grateful to have read this poem.