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Re: snap: sharing a review

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Bob Grumman <[log in to unmask]>

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Poetryetc: poetry and poetics

Date:

Wed, 9 Mar 2011 10:42:34 -0500

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On 3/9/2011 10:05 AM, andrew burke wrote:
> Kookaburras are birds with a call like a maniacal laugh. They look like
> kingfishers, only chunkier and without the blue. You could google them. I
> have a suspicion they are not native to Australia, but they have certainly
> settled here. But, I'm no ornithologist - unless it is about Bird from
> Minton's ... ha ha.
>
> Andrew
>
> On 9 March 2011 21:55, Bob Grumman<[log in to unmask]>  wrote:
>
>> On 3/9/2011 4:12 AM, andrew burke wrote:
>>
>>> Reading aloud
>>> to my wife
>>> a delightfully academic
>>>
>>> description of
>>> my eco-conscious intent
>>> in a simple poem,
>>>
>>> we laugh
>>> like a tree full
>>> of kookaburras.
>>>
>>> ---------------------
>>>
>>> Have you had this too? The poem was a cut out from a journal entry about
>>> hanging out my washing when I lived in a flat. It was sprinkling that day,
>>> but I knew the little shower wouldn't last, so it was a good idea to grab
>>> the communal clothesline when it was empty. Some other flat residents
>>> passed
>>> me and looked quizzical. In the poem I noted they were going to an air
>>> conditioned cinema in an air conditioned car, whereas I was enjoying light
>>> rain and would no doubt trail lawn clippings into my laundry (a domestic
>>> trivialised version of a great Greek poem about bringing the outdoors
>>> inside
>>> and making love wildly in nature) ... The review made a lot out of my
>>> intentions, giving the poem much more weight than it really deserved. I'm
>>> not complaining - just laughing.
>>>
>>>   What would reviewers do without poets' intentions?  How wonderful to
>> pretty much never-reviewed me, to read about someone's having a poem
>> reviewed, though!  Pleasant little poem about what sound like another good
>> poem.  The tree-image nailed it--even though I have no idea what kookaburras
>> are.  I imagined coconuts clattering in a breeze.
>>
>> --Bob
> Aw, Andrew, I liked clunking nuts of some kind better!  As for searching the net, my computer does that too slowly for me to do it often.

--Bob

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